Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

Researchers now have until September 15 to submit their abstracts to be presented at the 2019 SHIFT Festival

As part of their efforts to advance the economic and practical applications of nature as a social determinant of health, the 2019 SHIFT Festival will feature a poster session showcasing the researchers contributing to the evidence base. The session will focus on studies that  examine the effects of nature contact, outdoor recreation, and time outside on the mind and body.

The deadline to submit abstracts to be considered for the poster session has been extended from August 31 to September 15.

Led by Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, Director of The Envirome Insitute at the University of Louisville, and Dr. Terry Horton, Associate Professor of Research in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University, the “Evidence for Action” Steering Committee is helping SHIFT organizers build a poster session that showcases basic and applied research that can inform the discussion by contributing to the evidence base.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the committee  to ensure they are clearly written, provide material of interest to the conference attendees, and conform to ethical standards of research. Priority will be given to abstracts that describe basic or applied research, or well-structured program evaluations. Lower importance will be given to abstracts that describe programs, but which do not contain a research or evaluation component.

SHIFT is keen to expand the opportunities for researchers to present research that examines and informs the policy and programs associated with the health benefits of engaging with nature. 

For more information and to submit an abstract, click here.

The 2019 SHIFT Festival is developing the business case for nature as medicine as a way to advance the economic and practical applications of nature as a social determinant of health. Get your early bird tickets now!


SHIFT (Shaping How we Invest For Tomorrow) is an annual festival that explores issues at the intersection of outdoor recreation, conservation and public health. It is a project of The Center for Jackson Hole, whose mission is to strengthen the coalition of interests devoted to our public lands. Join the SHIFT movement: sign up for our community at SHIFTJH.org, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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