Call for Abstracts


Abstracts & late breaking abstracts are now published as submitted in Clinical Nutrition ESPEN with a unique DOI.


Please note that general abstracts submission closed on 6 May 2020. Thank you for your submissions. Late-breaking abstracts submission closes on 30 June 2020.

Submitting authors will be notified by the end of May 2020 (and late-breaking in July 2020) 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.

Important Dates & Deadlines for Abstracts Submission

15 January 2020Submission start
6 May 2020, Midnight CETSubmission deadline extended
15 May 2020. Posters onlyLate breaking submission start
30 June 2020Late breaking submission deadline
Mid-June 2020Notifications to regular submitters
Early-July 2020Notifications to late-breaking submitters


Technical Information
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Abstracts can only be submitted online via the online abstract submission form.


  • On the Congress website 1 month prior to the Congress.
  • Abstracts & late breaking abstracts will be published as submitted in Clinical Nutrition ESPEN and each abstract will have a unique DOI.

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 2020 ESPEN Virtual Congress if it has already been presented.
  • Abstract submission is only possible via the online abstract submission form.
  • 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 (6 May 2020, Midnight CET). Abstracts cannot be edited after the submission deadline. Late breaking abstracts submission will take place from 15 May 2020 to 30 June 2020, Midnight CET.
  • 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:
    • Nutritional epidemiology
    • Carbohydrate and lipid metabolism
    • Protein and amino acid metabolism
    • Hormones, mediators and immunity
    • Vitamins, antioxidants and minerals
    • Critical Care
    • Liver and gastrointestinal tract
    • Nutrition and chronic diseases
    • Obesity and the metabolic syndrome
    • Nutrition and cancer
    • Paediatrics
    • Nutritional techniques and formulations
    • Geriatrics
    • Qualitative design studies
    • 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 may be accepted from the 15th May until the 30th June 2020, Midnight, CET with no fee this year.

Late breaking abstracts will only be presented as posters.
Late breaking abstracts are also published in Clinical Nutrition ESPEN and each abstract will have a unique DOI.

Presentation of abstracts

  • Abstracts can be accepted either as an ePoster or an oral communication.
  • The Abstract Scientific Committee will select submitted abstracts and determine whether they are accepted for oral or poster presentation.
  • ePosters should be a PDF file in Portrait Format


Abstracts & late breaking abstracts will be published as submitted in Clinical Nutrition ESPEN and each abstract will have a unique DOI. Abstracts will be published after the Congress and those abstracts not presented at the Congress will not be published. It is the responsibility of the submitting author to ensure that all details, including authorship, are correct. No changes will be allowed after final submission.

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

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 of 6 May 2020, midnight CET. Late breaking abstract submission deadline is 17 June 2020, 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 mid-June 2020 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 no later than 1 June 2020.

ESPEN Travel Awards

  • The selected Travel Awards are given to young investigators under the age of 35 (one per country) for their best first presented abstract. They will be awarded 750 EUR according to a mix of quality of the abstract, score, acceptation (oral/poster), and of the Congress’ theme, not only on the ranking.
  • The young investigator must come in person to get his/her grant (at the speakers’ desk, from 12:30 on Sunday 20 September 2020) after the Sir David Cuthbertson Lecture. No payment will be made before or after the Congress.
  • Deadline for application was 6 May 2020 and applications are now closed.