Call for Papers

BACKGROUND

The Scientific Committee invites proposals for

  • round tables / symposia
  • workshops
  • skills classes
  • open papers (oral presentations)
  • poster presentations

related to any of the congress topics.

When assessing the submissions, the Scientific Committee will give priority to those involving international collaboration and/or including presenters from different countries.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

3 May 2020: Deadline for submission of proposals for round tables / symposia, workshops and skills classes

24 May 2020: Deadline for submission of proposals for open papers and poster presentations

PROCEDURE

Prior to submitting your proposal(s) please read the description(s) of the various submission formats. Each proposal can be submitted only once, i.e. the same content cannot be submitted in different formats.

For all types of submissions:

  • All abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • Please identify in the abstract submission form two of the topics you consider to be the more relevant to your proposal. Please note however that the Scientific Committee reserves the right to schedule accepted  proposals in a streamed session other than those proposed in the submission and at any time / date during the Congress.
  • The Committee also reserves the right to decide on the form / type of presentation on the basis of time and space availability.  Submitting your proposal will be taken as acceptance of these condition.

The Congress Secretariat will acknowledge receipt of all submissions; if you don’t receive such an acknowledgment within a couple of days after submission please contact the Congress Secretariat.

Important note
No financial assistance will be provided to proposal submiters by the Organizing Committee. All presenters of accepted proposals must complete their registration to the congress before 31 May 2020 for their proposals to be included in the final programme.

GUIDELINES

 

Round tables / Symposia

These are collections of presentations by 3 to 5 speakers (optionally including a discussant) focusing on a specific topic / subject. The following guidelines should be observed when submitting such a proposal:

  • Preference will be given to round tables related to areas where there have been recent advances.
  • Duration will be 90 minutes.
  • A Chair should be identified for each round table / symposium. These individuals can also be speakers. The Scientific Committee may recommend a local Co-Chair after the proposal has been accepted.
  • Round table / symposium organizers are expected to submit a file (MS Word compatible) including: 1) an overall abstract summarizing the content in up to 250 words 2) a list of the presenters, their affiliations and titles of their presentations, 3) the abstracts of all individual presentations, up to 250 words each.
  • Proposers are requested to state in the submission if there is any potential or perceived conflict of interest.

 

Workshops

Abstracts should not exceed the 250 words. They should be structured so as to include the following:

  • Title
  • Scientific background
  • Key learning objectives
  • Training modalities
  • 2-3 key references
  • Brief presentation of class leader(s)
  • Implications on everyday clinical practice

Workshops will run for 90 or 180 minutes; the Scientific Committee reserves the right to specify the time to be allotted to each proposal that will be accepted for inclusion in the programme.

 

Skills classes

These are opportunities to learn and practice a particular skill. They focus on a specific clinical or research skill or therapeutic approach. Depending on the size of the audience, they may be more or less didactic or interactive, but there will often be opportunity for attendees to get involved, and practice their skills.

Abstracts should not exceed the 250 words. They should be structured so as to include the following:

  • Title
  • Scientific background
  • Key learning objectives
  • Training modalities
  • 2-3 key references
  • Brief presentation of class leader(s)
  • Implications on everyday clinical practice

Skills classes will run for 90 minutes.

 

Open papers

Proposals for oral presentations on both research and clinical topics are welcome; it should be noted however that, when assessing the proposals, the Scientific Committee will give priority to those associated with research projects, even if such are still in early stage. On the basis of space and time availability in the programme, the Committee may also recommend that some open paper submissions be presented as posters.

Abstracts should not exceed the 250 words. They should be structured so as to include the following:

  • Introduction / background
  • Method
  • Results
  • Conclusions / discussion

Authors / presenters are requested to specify the audiovisual equipment required for their presentation.

Fifteen minutes will be allotted to each open paper, including projection time. Accepted open papers will be grouped by the Scientific Committee, according to their topic,  to form open papers sessions of 90 minutes duration.

 

Posters

Both clinical and research posters are welcome. The Scientific Committee will also consider posters associated with ongoing research projects, even in early stages.

Abstracts should not exceed the 250 words. They should be structured so as to include the following:

  • Introduction / background
  • Method
  • Results
  • Conclusions / discussion

Poster technical specifications will be provided together with notification of acceptance in due time.