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The official language of the conference is English. Abstracts have to be submitted in English.


Deadline for submission of abstracts is March 31st, 2021.



Submit abstracts by filling out this form and uploading your WORD file. For an easier identification of the abstract-file during the process the filename should include the authors's name and an abbreviation of the title. Abstracts should be written double-spaced and not exceed 200 words in length. Include the title, author(s) names, affiliation, address, presentation format (oral presentation, poster, symposium, or workshop) and email address on the top of the abstract.

Oral presentations

Speaking time is about 20 minutes. You may also submit an abstract for a workshop, training, etc. exceeding 20 minutes. If you wish to do a symposium (90 mins.), please include all abstracts in one file.
Standard power point projection will be provided in all lecture halls.


The posters selected for presentation will be exhibited throughout the conference. The posters should be in A0 (90cm x 120) format.

Poster Award

Students (including graduate or Ph.D. students) presenting outstanding posters could be awarded the IATSO Poster Award. All first-author students presenting a poster at the 16th IATSO conference in Frankfurt (Germany) are eligible to compete for this award. Successful students will be awarded financial support (1st place: 500 € and 2nd place: 250 €).

During the poster session at the conference, a scientific jury, consisting of IATSO board members and members of the IATSO scientific advisory committee, will select the winning posters. The decision of the jury will be based on scientific excellence of the abstract and on the presentation of the scientific information on the poster.

Contents of free communications, posters and symposia (or abstract submission categories)
  • Sexual offender treatment effectiveness
  • Meta-analyses in sexual offender treatment
  • Internet sexual offending
  • Diagnosis of sex offence related disorders
  • Comparing different methods in sexual offender treatment
  • National programs of sexual offender treatment
  • Risk assessment, risk calculation and risk communication
  • Measuring change of risk
  • Reducing risk by other means than by treatment
  • The management of sexual offences in a context of cultural diversity
  • The effectiveness of restorative justice systems
  • Substance abuse and sexual violence
  • Rehabilitation and treatment of young sexual offenders
  • Sexual offending prevention policies
  • Measurement of sexual deviance
  • Neuroscience and sexual offenses

Please note the following additional points

Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the IATSO Scientific Advisory Board and the Local Scientific Committee. Authors will be informed about the decision of this committee not later than May 31, 2020. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to allocate papers either for oral or poster presentation. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Official Book of Abstracts (Zeitschrift für Forensische Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie). There will be no proofreading or editing by IATSO, so any error in the submitted abstract will appear in print. Presenting authors need to be registered as participants of the conference. Authors transfer the copyright to IATSO.

Original papers written in English and presented at the conference may be submitted for possible publication in the IATSO e-Journal (journal@iatso.org , www.sexual-offender-treatment.org)


If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact us at abstracts@iatso.org


Make sure that your abstract meets the guidelines listed above before you submit it!