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 Call for abstracts 2017


Main call for abstracts - 3 April to 19 May 2017 (19:00 CET)

The call for abstracts for ESCAIDE 2017 runs from Monday 3 April until Friday 19 May 2017. The review process for abstracts will take place early June and decisions will be communicated to authors by the week starting 26 June.
Interested in funding opportunities to attend ESCAIDE 2017? Read more here.

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 the Submission guidelines
Should you wish to take the ECDC e-course on abstract writing, please follow this link for enrolment (open until 27 April):

Abstract review and selection process​

All abstracts are reviewed independently following a set of selection criteria. This year, the review process takes place during the first two weeks of June.
For more information please refer to the:

Aims and Eligibility​

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 where 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 scoring negatively in the peer review, and hence being rejected for the conference programme'

List of topics

When submitting an abstract the author should choose one topic from the disease groups and one topic from the health functions which best match the content of the abstract. Please see the list below for disease group and health function topics that are available for abstracts submitted for ESCAIDE 2017:
Disease groups
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • 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, bioinformatics and other biostatistical methods
  • Novel methods in epidemiology (e.g. digital disease detection, e-health)
  • Novel methods in microbiology (e.g. new diagnostic tools)
  • Preparedness
  • Surveillance
  • Toolkits

Late breaker abstracts

The call for late breakers will be open between 21 August and 18 September. More information on this will be published in due course.
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