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Abstract Submission

The ESGAR 2019 Abstract Submission has been closed. Thank you very much for your submissions!

The ESGAR Annual Meeting has become a platform for research and educational exchange in the fields of gastrointestinal and abdominal radiology and it offers high standard education as well as a diverse scientific programme.

The ESGAR 2019 Programme Committee seeks to promote scientific excellence and inquiry and encourages individual and collective action of current research findings in diagnostic and interventional abdominal and GI radiology. Selected abstracts will be accepted for oral presentations or for electronic poster presentation to ensure a balanced and representative scientific programme.

Notification of acceptance

Presenters will receive the notifications of acceptance by e-mail by the end of February 2019. Authors with accepted abstracts for scientific exhibits will receive a link to the e-Poster system by e-mail, enabling them to upload their poster presentation prior to the meeting.
If you wish to withdraw your submission after having confirmed your acceptance, inform the Central ESGAR Office in writing (via e-mail) immediately.
Please note that all presenters need to register for the congress!

General information and guidelines

Scientific abstracts (Oral Presentations and Scientific Poster Presentations) must be structured as follows:

  • Purpose
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion

Educational Poster abstracts must be structured as follows:

  • Learning objectives
  • Background
  • Imaging Findings or Procedure Details
  • Conclusion
  • Media files: brief and neutrally designed PowerPoint presentation (max. 3-4 slides) summarising the Educational Poster

Abstracts longer than 250 words will not be accepted by the system.

Projects can only be submitted in one presentation category. Posters already on the Poster database may not be re-submitted to ESGAR. Accepted scientific oral presentations will be published online in a supplement to “Insights into Imaging”. Details will be made available in the online abstract submission system.

ESGAR abstract review and grading

The Programme Committee recognises that the ESGAR scientific programme has been the equal of any other radiology programme in the past but wishes to improve it further. Most diagnostic radiology research presented at ESGAR comprises evaluation of the technical and diagnostic performance of imaging methods and pictorial essays / radiologic-pathologic correlation. Interventional radiology research is also presented. A large panel of sub-specialist expert radiologists will grade submitted abstracts within their area of expertise. While expert opinion is crucial, objective criteria have also been formulated to help reviewers identify the best-designed and strongest studies as well as the best analysed data in these categories.

Abstracts are scored out of a maximum of 10 points. In 2018, most of accepted abstracts scored from 4.0 to 8.67 points. Abstracts that scored less than 3.5 were unlikely to be accepted (in total 18 % of abstracts were rejected). The “Guidelines for Abstract Reviewers” explain the objective criteria that will be used for abstract scoring. Simple spreadsheet calculators (diagnostic and interventional) can be downloaded by authors to help them to prepare their results. View also the “Tips for better abstract writing”. These will facilitate the calculation of basic statistical indices (sensitivity, specificity, predictive values, confidence intervals etc.) from raw data. We suggest that you use these resources during study design, data analysis and abstract writing between November and January to improve your chances of acceptance. Doing this will help you to improve scientific abstracts, maximising both your chances of acceptance for ESGAR 2019 and the final chance of publication and impact of your hard work. Submitted abstracts can be edited directly on the Internet until the deadline.

Audio visual services (AVS)

Only data projection will be provided for oral presentations. Presentations must be prepared using PowerPoint for PC. Macintosh presentations must be saved in PC format. Speakers must deliver their presentation to the Preview Centre on a separate, labelled USB stick (ZIP disks are not accepted). Speakers are responsible for testing their presentation for compatibility at the meeting, before handing it in. Further details will be made available together with the notification of acceptance.

Poster Sessions

Among all submitted e-Posters, the ESGAR Programme Committee will select highlighted posters based on highest rating score and topic relevance. Thus, in addition to the well-established poster exhibition, poster authors could have the honour and great opportunity to present their work in a moderated poster session to an international audience. Presentations will take place from Thursday and Friday in the Exhibition Area.


The best 20 abstracts, submitted by residents who appear as the first author on the respective abstract and who will actually present their paper during the meeting, form the “ESGAR Top 20”. Authors will receive a diploma, confirming that their abstracts have received the best ratings among other abstracts submitted.

Poster Awards

The best ESGAR Poster Presentations will be awarded a Diploma. There will be one Magna Cum Laude, two Cum Laude and seven Certificates of Merit. The evaluation will be performed by a committee and the awarded presentations will be flagged as such in the poster system onsite. Evaluation will be based on novelty, accuracy, educational value and design.

Important Dates

October 2018
Preliminary programme available

November 19, 2018
Abstract submission opens

December 2018
Registration opens

January 15, 2019
Abstract submission deadline

February 2019
Notification of acceptance to authors

March 13, 2019
Early registration deadline

May 8, 2019
Pre-registration deadline

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