Call for papers for Second International Academic Conference on Missing Children and Adults launched


The Second International Academic Conference on Missing Children and Adults will be held from the 8th-10th July, 2015 at the University of Brussels, in Brussels. The conference will be partnered by Missing Children EuropeUniversity of Brussels and The Centre for the Study of Missing Persons (CSMP), University of Portsmouth.

> Background

A First International Conference on Missing Children & Adults "Working across borders" took place between 18 to 20 June 2012 at the University of Portsmouth. The event was organised in cooperation with CEOP, Missing People and the UK Missing Persons Bureau, and brought together academics and practitioners to discuss findings related to the broader phenomenon of ‘going missing.

Delegates from different parts of the world welcomed the opportunity to learn from available research as well as from practical needs and challenges related to the day to day work of law enforcement and third sector experts. Organisers of the first conference, including The Centre for the Study of Missing Persons of the University of Portsmouth are now joining forces with Missing Children Europe in organising a second edition of the successful event.

> Call for Papers

We invite proposals for symposia, papers, and posters addressing topics in all areas of missing persons. We are particularly interested in papers on:

- Effectiveness of responses to missing
- Missing asylum seekers, irregular and undocumented migrants
- Human trafficking and forced labour
- Geographies of missing persons
- Risk Assessment
- Search and rescue strategies
- Child protection (including unaccompanied migrant minors, parental abduction, stranger child abduction, child exploitation, child trafficking and running away)
- The social experience of going missing (i.e. homelessness, effects on families, etc.)
- Criminal activity
- Children missing in war zones
- Policing (i.e. public protection, investigation, etc.)
- Forensic identification
- International approaches to missing
- Vulnerable adults (i.e. mental health, adults missing from healthcare services, dementia and wandering, etc.)
- Other 

We especially welcome proposals that are empirically based and those that involve new and emerging topics within this vast subject area. Proposals will be evaluated through a blind review process focused on the following three criteria: (1) the intellectual merit of the proposal, (2) the innovative nature of the proposal, and (3) the proposal's integration of multiple aspects of the field of missing persons. 

*Acceptance of proposals will be at the discretion of the conference organisers. 

> Symposium proposal

A symposium proposal is appropriate for a coordinated group of presentations that will focus on one topic. Symposium proposals must include a minimum of four presentations and a discussant. The discussant must be independent of research projects that are presented in the symposium. Each participant and the topics to be discussed should be outlined in the proposal. The participation of each presenter should be secured before submitting the proposal. (Each symposium session at the conference will be allotted up to 90 minutes.) In keeping with the international nature of this conference, higher priority will be given to proposals that have international representation among its panellists.

> Paper and poster proposals

Paper proposals are appropriate for presentations that will focus on an individual research topic. After acceptance/rejection of proposals has been determined, the conference co-chairs will group paper presentations into sessions consisting of 3-5 presentations. Every effort will be made to ensure international representation in each paper session (The amount of time allowed for each individual presentation will be determined by the total number of presentations involved). Poster presentations will be made at one poster session held in the evening. Presentations will be made in a written format on display boards (size TBA). 

> Submission

There will be a limit of TWO first-author presentation submissions (either individual papers or papers within a symposium) for each applicant. There is no limit on the number of poster submissions or appearances as a discussant or session chair. 

Please be aware of our effort to maintain a high quality for the presentations at the conference through the rigor of a review process. Please be sure to indicate during submission if you would like your paper or symposium papers to be considered for inclusion as posters, if they are not accepted as proposed. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 30th, 2015. 

All proposals should be submitted electronically to Please check the CSMP conference webpage for regular updates regarding the conference programme, registration and prices. Paper and poster proposals should consist of an abstract that is no longer than 250 words Symposium proposals should consist of a 250-word abstract for each paper, plus an additional 200-word abstract for the symposium.

> Further information

If you have any questions or comments regarding the call for papers, or about the conference, please feel free to contact one of the conference co-chairs:

- Dr. Karen Shalev Greene, Director of the Centre for the study of missing persons at
- Delphine Moralis, Secretary General of Missing Children Europe at

> Target audience

The event will seek to invite approx. 150 - 200 delegates from across Europe and beyond, including:
- Researchers focusing on any of the above aspects related to the phenomenon of missing
- Practioners including experts from Law Enforcement, NGO's including missing children hotlines, social sector, child protection, guardianship services, central authorities, judiciary authorities,housing services for children, central authorities
- Policy makers             

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