Gravens Conference

Call for Abstracts

The 34th Annual Gravens Conference on the Environment of Care
for High Risk Newborns
March 3-5*, 2021

(*agenda for virtual program will be tweaked, and likely have sessions spread over additional dates)

Abstract due date is October 28, 2020. Late Abstracts will not be accepted.

The Gravens Conference is dedicated to providing a forum for the continuing education of NICU professionals. In particular, the conference focuses on the science of fetal and infant development, developmental care practices, NICU design, family support programs, and the influential role the NICU environment has on neurodevelopment of the infant, and the well-being of families and staff.

The conference committee invites you to submit an abstract for a variety of presentation options: oral abstract session (20-ish minutes), workshop session (75 minutes), or poster presentation, regarding NICU design, the study of creative approaches to developmental and environmental issues of the NICU, care practices and/or programs to assist staff, parents and families. We especially welcome abstracts that highlight evaluation of how the new Developmental and Family Centered Care Standards, Competencies and Best Practices have been implemented.

This conference offers an opportunity to share your work and experiences with colleagues.

The theme for the 2021 conference is Resiliency and Change in the NICU. However, the abstracts may be on any applicable NICU topic.

In the spirit of Resiliency and Change in the NICU, the 2021 conference is now a fully virtual event. If your abstract is accepted for oral presentation, you will be asked to pre-record your presentation. The posters will be available in electronic format, static as a PowerPoint slide, and a video if desired. (Moving to a virtual platform is a work in progress, so there are no instructions available at this time. I can help you with the recording if you need it.)

Abstracts should include the following sections, as applicable. 

  1. Abstract Title
  2. Authors’ names, degree(s), and institution
  3. Background and Purpose: problem statement or hypothesis as appropriate
    What is the hypothesis, or what is the problem you are trying to solve, or what is your scientific question? Why is it important? State this in one or two sentences
  4. Budget and Resources: cost of program and materials as appropriate
  5. Program, Materials, or Methodology: also include any barriers to implementation and how they have been overcome
    What methods did you use to solve or research the problem? How did you collect your data? How big was your sample size? What were the main outcome measurements? This will probably be the longest part of your abstract.
  6. Impact or Results: major accomplishment of program / materials; qualitative and quantitative data*; evidence-based results. *If providing data, it must exist; “data to be obtained by conference date” is no longer acceptable.
  7. Bibliography: for oral presentations, at least 3 related references that support the program
  8. Learner Objectives: 2-3

In the body of the email, please list the following

  1. Title of the abstract
  2. Author’s name, degree(s), credentials, and position title
  3. Author’s email address\
  4. Name of institution, city and state. City and country if outside the US.
  5. IF the contact person is someone other than the author, please note that in the body of the email
  6. Presentation preference:  a) oral abstract session, b) workshop session, c) poster only, or d) no preference. (Please spell it out rather than provide just a lower case letter.)

Length of abstract: 1000 words maximum
Format: WORD, preference is Arial 12 pt, but font choice is optional.
Send abstract as an email attachment to Bobbi Rose at

You will get a reply within a day or two that the abstract was received. If you do not hear back, please call Bobbi Rose at (813) 974-6158, or send another email.

Decisions by the abstract review committee for oral considerations are expected by early December 2020. Notification will be by email. The conference does not provide any support for abstract presenters, regardless of presentation outcome. Abstract presenters must register to attend the conference.