Abstract Presentation Guidelines



ESPEN recommends all poster authors use Poster Session Online ‘s printing service. With Poster Session Online, you can have your poster professionally printed, reviewed and shipped directly to the poster hall.  Enjoy the convenience of onsite pick-up without the hassle of traveling with your poster.

Please visit POSTER PRINTING SUBMISION SITE until the 4th of September to get started.



The result of the late-breaking abstract will be sent by email to the abstract submitter by mid-July.



  1. Guidelines for Speakers presentation , Download Slide Template with Disclosure of Interest to declare
  2. Recommendation for Posters
  3. ESPEN Poster Tour Guidelines





  1. Important dates & Deadlines
    Submission start:
    Submission deadline:
    Late breaking submission start:
    Late breaking submission deadline:
    Notifications to submitters:
    10 January 2017
    5 April 2017, Midnight CET
    15 May 2017 (EUR 100). Posters only
    19 June 2017
    End-May 2017
  2. Technical Information
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  3. General
    Abstracts can only be submitted online via the on-line abstract submission form here
  4. Publications
  • On the Congress website 1 month prior to the Congress.
  • Abstracts and Late-Breaking Abstracts are published in the Supplement of the Clinical Nutrition Journal distributed at the Congress. 

Submission Process

  • Delegates, who would like to present their work at the Congress, either orally or as a poster, are invited to submit an abstract for consideration by the Abstract Grading Committee.
  • A paper should not be submitted to the 39th ESPEN Congress if it has already been presented internationally.
  • Please read carefully all the instructions available on the Internet and on the on-line abstract submission system before preparing your abstract.
  • The creation of a user account is required for the submission of an abstract. The account only needs to be created once and can be re-used for future abstract submission and registration to the conference. Submitters from last year’s meeting should use their existing account details.
  • Abstracts can be saved in “Draft status” to be re-edited and modified until the submission deadline (5 April 2017, Midnight CET). Abstracts cannot be edited after the submission deadline.
  • Abstracts fulfilling all criteria can be saved in “Final submission” status. Only abstracts in “Final submission” status will be considered for the Congress.
  • Abstracts are accepted on a wide range of topics in clinical nutrition and metabolism. The submitter has to select the right topic for the abstract on the submission form. Available topics are:
  1. Nutritional assessment
  2. Nutritional epidemiology
  3. Carbohydrate and lipid metabolism
  4. Protein and amino acid metabolism
  5. Hormones, mediators and immunity
  6. Vitamins, antioxidants and minerals
  7. Critical Care
  8. Liver and gastrointestinal tract
  9. Nutrition and chronic diseases
  10. Obesity and the metabolic syndrome
  11. Nutrition and cancer
  12. Paediatrics
  13. Nutritional techniques and formulations
  14. Geriatrics
  15. Qualitative design studies
  16. Perioperative care

For standardisation, the acceptable length of the abstract is of not more than 2’000 printable characters (title included). This includes non-visible characters, such as spaces and line breaks. Authors’ details and conflict of interest are not included.

Please refer to the word count of the system as slight differences may occur when counting with WORD or similar programmes.

The abstract needs to be structured as follows:

  • Rationale: this section should contain 1-2 sentences that clearly indicate the scientific question of the study and its clinical (or other) importance.
  • Methods: this section should contain sufficient information to be able to understand the experimental design, the analytical techniques and the statistics used in the study.
  • Results: this section should contain objective data to answer the scientific question(s).
  • Conclusions: this section should provide only conclusions of the study directly supported by the results, along with implications for clinical practice, avoiding speculation and overgeneralisation.

One table can be included, but the total number of cells (columns + rows) may not exceed 16. Please note that tables may significantly reduce the number of the remaining allowed characters.

A paper cannot be accepted if the conflict of interest disclosure is not signed. On the on-line abstract form, provide the requested details for all authors.


The rules for preparing the abstracts are on this page. Failure to observe these guidelines may result in disqualification.

Late breaking abstracts

Late breaking abstracts may be accepted until from the 15th May until 19th June 2017, Midnight, CET with a non-refundable fee of EURO 100.- that has to be paid upon submission. The fee is applicable although the abstract is accepted or not.

Late breaking abstracts will only be presented as posters.
Late breaking abstracts are also published in the Supplement of Clinical Nutrition.

Presentation of abstracts

  • Abstracts can be accepted either as poster or oral communication.
  • The Abstract Scientific Committee will select submitted abstracts and determine whether they are accepted for oral or poster presentation.
  • If your abstract is accepted as a poster, you will be requested to be available for discussion during the corresponding poster viewing session.
  • The dimensions for posters will be given later.
  • Please use letters large enough to be read from a distance of 1.5 meters.


Accepted abstracts will be published in the Supplement of Clinical Nutrition, "Nutrition and Metabolism - the ESPEN Journal", and will be available on the Internet one month prior to the Congress as submitted by the authors.

General Remarks

  • The Author of the abstract selected for presentation must be registered at the Congress
  • Abstracts must contain data and meet international ethical standards
  • Abbreviations should be defined
  • Trade names cannot be mentioned in the title. However, trade names in brackets will be accepted in the body of the text
  • Please ensure your abstract does not contain spelling, grammar, or scientific mistakes, as it will be reproduced exactly as submitted. Linguistic accuracy is your responsibility. No proof reading will be done
  • No changes can be made to the abstract after the submission deadline 5 April 2017, midnight CET.
  • The reviewers will judge the abstracts according to the relevance to ESPEN, standard of English, objectivity of statements, description of what was done, suitability of methods to aims, conclusions confirmed by objective results, ethics, scientific value, potential clinical value, originality of work and overall impression
  • Submitting authors will be notified by End-May 2017 whether their abstract has been accepted, and they will be informed at the same time about the date, time and form of their presentation. All notifications will be sent out to the e-mail address given on the submission form.
  • If you want to withdraw your abstract, a written statement reflecting the reasons for this decision must be sent to the ESPEN Secretary espen.scienti@mci-group.com no later than 1 June 2017.