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The COMET conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds involving various healthcare specialties and the human and social sciences. A special emphasis is on the dissemination of ongoing research in language/discourse/communication studies in relation to healthcare education, patient participation and professional ethics.
COMET was launched in Cardiff (UK) in 2003 as a non-profit event, which continues to be self-financing from income generated through registration fees. It takes place annually spanning 3 days, and the preferred time slot is end of June. The number of participants at COMET is variable – ranging between 150 and 250 – representing more than 20/25 countries on a given occasion. The participants are mainly drawn from humanities and social sciences and various healthcare settings.
COMET proposals fall into different presentation formats: plenaries, panels, work-in-progress roundtables and individual presentations (oral or poster). For more details, see the Conference Announcement below.
International Research Centre for the Advancement of Health Communication (IRCAHC)
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
13–15 July 2022
Email: [email protected]
Previous COMET venues include:
|1st COMET 2003||Cardiff (UK)|
|2nd COMET 2004||Linkoping (SWEDEN)|
|3rd COMET 2005||Sydney (AUSTRALIA)|
|4th COMET 2006||Cardiff (UK)|
|5th COMET 2007||Lugano (SWITZERLAND)|
|6th COMET 2008||Cape Town (SOUTH AFRICA)|
|7th COMET 2009||Cardiff (UK)|
|8th COMET 2010||Boston (USA)|
|9th COMET 2011||Nottingham (UK)|
|10th COMET 2012||Trondheim (NORWAY)|
|11th COMET 2013||Melbourne (AUSTRALIA)|
|12th COMET 2014||Lugano (SWITZERLAND)|
|13th COMET 2015||Hong Kong (SAR CHINA)|
|14th COMET 2016||Aalborg (DENMARK)||Programme | Book of Abstracts|
|15th COMET 2017||IUPUI (USA)||Programme | Book of Abstracts|
|16th COMET 2018||Birmingham (UK)||Programme | Book of Abstracts|
|17th COMET 2019||Adelaide (AUSTRALIA)||Programme | Book of Abstracts|
|18th COMET 2020||Aalborg (DENMARK)|
|19th COMET 2021||Varese/Como (ITALY)|
|20th COMET 2022||Hong Kong (SAR CHINA)|
The COMET conference is preceded/followed by the COMET Masterclass, broadly titled Engaging qualitatively with healthcare communication, led by Srikant Sarangi. It is open to all COMET participants and others.
The COMET Society
Members of the COMET Society are entitled to discounts for COMET registration and Communication & Medicine journal subscription. The website can be accessed at: https://journal.equinoxpub.com/CAM/about/submissions and ‘subscription prices’ at https://journal.equinoxpub.com/CAM/about/subscriptions/#prices
All presenters at COMET conferences are encouraged to submit written versions of their work for possible inclusion in Communication & Medicine. If a sufficient number of accepted submissions is reached, a special issue will be designated to comprise the COMET submissions. Alternatively, accepted individual manuscripts will appear in regular issues. Note that all submissions will go through the routine double blind peer review system. The guidelines for online submission can be accessed here, and the C&M house style here. Please direct all journal-related enquiries to [email protected]
Hosting of future COMETs
Over the years COMET has maintained an international profile. It is of a manageable size with a close-knit community of researchers for organisational purposes. If you would be inclined to host a future COMET, please send your expression of interest to [email protected]
COMET Founding Advisor
Editor, Communication & Medicine
Adjunct Professor | Aalborg University | Denmark
Emeritus Professor | Cardiff University | UK
Email: [email protected] | [email protected]