General Submission Guidelines

1. Abstracts may be submitted online only. Abstracts submitted via fax or email will not be accepted.

2. All abstracts must be submitted and presented in English using UK English spelling.

3. Abstracts must contain original material neither published nor presented elsewhere.

4. Please use the following headings for your abstract:

Materials | Methods

Text: The text shall be formatted in Arial font size 10.

Tables: Authors can include a maximum of 1 table (of up to 10 rows x 10 columns). Words within the table count into the total of the maximum characters allowed. Alternatively the table can be presented as an image without any increase of the word count.

Pictures/Graphs: Authors can include a maximum of 2 picture( max. 2Mb) |graph.
                                Figure legends should be included in the image.

5. Abstract titles must be submitted according to the general rules stated under point 7. This includes any special characters and special words that need to be capitalized or in italics. Abstract titles will be proofread.

6. The abstract text may not be longer than maximum 3.500 characters (Spaces Included).

7. Spelling Guidelines: The International System of Units (SI) should be used wherever appropriate. Genus and species names should be written in full on first mention and then abbreviated on subsequent mention.

The following general rules apply (examples in brackets):

• Systematic names (genus, family and higher orders): capitalized (Chlamydia, Enterobacteriaceae, Picornaviridae).

• Non-English expressions: non-English expressions in English texts are written in italics, e.g. force majeure, in vitro/in vivo, ad hoc, ex officio

• Taxonomic names: are to be italicized, e.g. Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium difficile.

• Non-systematic names (e.g. plural): lower case (Group A streptococci, mycobacteria, chlamydiae).

• Generic drug names: lower case (penicillin).

• Avoid using brand names; if needed: capitalized with trademark symbol (Rocephin®).

• Diseases and viruses: lower case (hepatitis, herpes zoster, herpesvirus, West Nile virus).

• Please observe standard English grammar rules including a space after full stops and commas.

• Only common abbreviations can be used without definition.

8. Authors should indicate their presentation preference. The following possibilities are available:

Oral or Poster presentation

  a) Oral Presentations

The programme will feature two types of oral presentation:12 minutes and 20 minutes presentations plus 5 mins questions.
These sessions are put together by the Programme Committee from the best scored abstracts. This is the highest category of an abstract presentation. These sessions are chaired by two experts of the field.

   b) Paper Poster Presentation

Most of the accepted abstracts are scheduled for paper poster presentation. The paper posters are displayed in the poster area of the congress and the presentations are split in 2 to 3h sessions. Each poster session will feature various topics and the poster presenter is requested to be at her/his poster during the presentation time of the topic (1 hour per topic).

9. Authors are asked to enter 3 keywords to better define the abstract content.

10. You can save your abstract at any time. Please make sure to have all complete before you finally submit your abstract. You will receive a confirmation by email after the submission of your abstract (please make sure to state your correct email address!). Changes are not possible after final submission.

11. Abstracts will be subject to peer review by at least 2 members of the Programme Committee and external experts.