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 Call for abstracts 2016

 The call for abstracts for ESCAIDE 2017 will open at the beginning of April. More information will be available soon.

Late breaker call for abstracts: 1 - 30 September


The late breaker call for abstracts for ESCAIDE 2016 closed on 30 September. All decisions have been communicated to the authors on 12th October. If you have submitted a late breaker abstract and you have not received an email from us, please contact us at

Late breaker submission process:

Abstracts may only be submitted online through the ESCAIDE Booking Site. Abstracts submitted via fax or email are not accepted.​

1. Late breaker abstracts may be eligible for both oral and poster presentation at the Conference. To be eligible, the abstract must fulfil all the following criteria:
i) a) report on acute urgent public health problems OR b) contain novel, surprising findings; AND
ii) report data or information that was unavailable before 11 May 2016 (the deadline for submission in the general call for abstracts for ESCAIDE), AND
iii) have not been published before.
2. Abstracts submitted for the regular program, but were rejected, are not eligible for consideration as late breaker abstracts unless they were rejected because critical data were not yet available.
3. The abstract submission system on the ESCAIDE website will open for the duration of the late breakers’ call. Authors will be able to submit abstracts directly into the system. The abstract structure remains the same as the main ESCAIDE abstract call, see Submission guidelines.
4. The review process of late breakers are two-step. Step 1 is for checking the eligibility of the abstract for consideration as a late breaker; see the criteria under point 1 above. Step 2 is the review of the submitted abstracts, according to the process and criteria used for ‘regular’ abstracts; see Reviewer guidelines. Both steps are carried out by the ESCAIDE Scientific Committee. Each abstract is reviewed independently by three Scientific Committee members. Placement of late breaker abstracts into the ESCAIDE programme will be decided by the Scientific Committee based on programme capacity and overall quality of the abstract submissions.


Main call for abstracts: 11 April - 11 May

The call for abstracts for ESCAIDE 2016 closed on 11 May. Abstract decisions were communicated to authors 7-8 July. If you have submitted an abstract to ESCAIDE but have not received the review results yet, please contact us at

Abstract submission process

Abstracts may be submitted online only by visiting the ESCAIDE Booking Site. Abstracts submitted via fax or email will not be accepted.
For more information please refer to: Submission guidelines

Abstract review and selection process 

All abstracts are reviewed independently following a set of selection criteria.
For more information please refer to:

Aims and eligibility

As a principle, ESCAIDE abstracts should contain original material from recent work that is not yet in the public domain. The ESCAIDE Scientific Committee has made the following statement on acceptance of published work to guide authors:

“The ESCAIDE conference encourages work that introduces new ideas, research and understanding to the field. The conference focuses on infectious diseases where outbreak events are unforeseen and happen quickly, and the presentation of emerging threats and prevention tools are key components. Hence abstracts should address work that is relevant, interesting and topical.
As a principle, ESCAIDE abstracts should contain original material from recent work that is not yet in the public domain. To support this principle, the ESCAIDE peer review process includes criteria such as relevance, immediacy and originality of the work. There are circumstances that an abstract addressing work already in the public domain retains public health value for ESCAIDE audiences, such as an elaborated assessment of a recent outbreak that has initially been published as a ‘rapid communication’. However, in general, abstracts of published work are discouraged; they risk to be scored negatively in the peer review, and hence being rejected for the conference programme“

List of topics/tracks for 2016 abstracts

A new feature this year is the use of disease group and health function. When submitting an abstract the author should choose one track from the disease groups and one track from the health functions which best match the content of the abstract.

Please see below list of topics/ tracks disease group and health function available for submitted abstracts ESCAIDE 2016:

Disease groups: 

  • Antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections 
  • Emerging and vector-borne diseases 
  • Food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses
  • Influenza and other respiratory viruses
  • HIV, sexually transmitted infections and viral hepatitis 
  • Tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases (excluding viruses)
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases


Health functions:

  • Burden of disease
  • Field epidemiology (e.g. outbreak investigations)
  • Implementation science (e.g. integration of research findings and evidence into public health policy and practice; monitoring and evaluation of programmes) 
  • International health and migration
  • Microbiology
  • Modelling
  • Novel methods in epidemiology (e.g. digital disease detection, e-health)
  • Novel methods in microbiology (e.g. new diagnostic tools)
  • Preparedness
  • Surveillance
  • Toolkits

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