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The International Federation for Home Economics and the Nutrition, Family & Consumers Studies Programme of the University of Malta, as well as the European Association for Home Economics would like to invite you to submit abstracts for their upcoming international Home Economics conference.

Theme: ‘Action for Family and Consumer Wellbeing: Home Economics Literacy Bringing Skills to Life’

Date: 19-21 March 2015

Place: University of Malta Valletta Campus, Valletta, Malta

Who’s invited: Home Economics practitioners, researchers, educators and students enrolled in higher education institutions; any other professionals, executives, researchers, academics and students enrolled in higher education institutions who are interested or practising in a field related to family and consumer wellbeing.

Aim: Home Economics has as a primary goal the wellbeing of families and communities. Home Economists fulfil this goal through their work in different settings and by using different enabling strategies. Their aim is to empower individuals with various skills to use resources responsibly and efficiently as family members, as consumers and as global citizens. This is typically achieved through meaningful, practical formal and informal learning activities, the development of appropriate products and services and partnerships with like-minded entities. Recognition of the value of a Home Economics education and the role of Home Economics in different sectors of society requires a clear articulation of Home Economics literacy, showcasing of good practice, and dissemination through multiple channels.

This conference aims to offer a forum for clarification, discussion, professional enrichment and fostering of skills through an interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral exchange of ideas, experiences and interactive sessions.


Abstract topics

In line with the conference theme, Abstracts are welcome on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Home Economics vision, philosophy and literacy;
  • Food, consumer, sustainability, environmental, textile, family, financial, digital, social, technological literacy;
  • Fundamental Home Economics skills;
  • School-based Home Economics for wellbeing;
  • Industry-based Home Economics for wellbeing;
  • Community-based Home Economics for wellbeing;
  • Home Economics and entrepreneurship;
  • Home Economists in policymaking;
  • Initial and continuing training for Home Economics professionals;
  • Curriculum development in Home Economics;
  • Pedagogy and andragogy in Home Economics;
  • Home Economics and active learning;
  • Family Life research and education;
  • Education for Sustainable Development;
  • Consumer research and Consumer Education;
  • Influences on health and consumption choices and behaviours; 
  • Marketing Home Economics;
  • Partnerships for wellbeing (with government entities, national authorities, industry, CSOs, NGOs etc.).

Abstracts on other topics will be considered; however, these need to be relevant to the conference theme. 


Abstract types

  •  Abstracts can describe research studies, programmes, projects, or scholarship of teaching and learning including courses, pedagogies and resources.
  • Abstracts may be submitted for consideration as either an Oral or Poster presentation. Preference needs to be indicated on the Submission Form. Whilst every effort will be made to meet preference indicated, some authors may eventually be invited to present a Poster instead of present orally.
  • Authors of Abstracts accepted for Oral presentation will have a designated 13-minute time slot to present their work, which should include a few minutes for questions. Authors of Abstracts accepted for Poster presentation will have a designated time slot to exhibit their Poster and be available to interact with visitors. 


Criteria for acceptance of Abstracts

  • Abstracts need to be submitted online using the format indicated below in Submission guidelines.
  • For submissions involving more than one presenter, the Abstract is to be submitted by the Lead author.
  • An individual may only submit two Abstracts as Lead author.
  • All Abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed and selected on the basis of merit and relevance to the conference theme.


Submission guidelines

  • Abstracts should be submitted online by midnight (Central European Time) of Friday, 12 December 2014.
  • More than one Abstract may be submitted per author, but each Abstract must be sent separately.
  • The Lead author will be considered the Corresponding author. All communication will be with this person.


Abstract Format and Content:

- Abstracts must be no more than 250 words long (excluding title or authors) and include (a) objective(s), (b) methods, (c) results and (d) conclusions.

- Keep the title short (<125 characters with spaces) and appealing. Use Title Case.

- Make sure your lines are text-wrapped and that there are two spaces after each period. 

- Be sure to save your Abstract as a text (.txt) file before pasting into the online Abstract box. This will ensure that any special characters you may have used are accurately submitted. 

Keywords: Suggest up to three Keywords.


Responsibility of Abstract presenters

  • Author presenters of selected Abstracts must register and pay the conference registration fee by Friday, 16 January 2015 to ensure their presentation is included in the programme.
  • Authors are responsible for providing a substitute presenter if the intended presenter is unable to present.
  • Authors are encouraged to consider the International Journal of Home Economics for publication of papers based on presentations at the Malta conference. However, acceptance of an Abstract does not guarantee acceptance by IJHE, nor does rejection of an abstract indicate that it would be unsuitable for publication in IJHE.


Submission deadlines

  • Friday, 12 December 2014 (Midnight Central European Time): Closing deadline for submission of all Abstracts.
  • Friday, 9 January 2015: Notification of acceptance for all conference presentations.
  • Friday, 16 January 2015: Closing date for presenters to register for the conference.


Abstract Submission has now closed.


If you have any queries, please contact Suzanne Piscopo

Last Updated: 12 January 2015

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