Call for abstracts



The abstract submission system is now closed.

The Organising Committee and Scientific Committee invite all those involved in any aspect of contraception, sexual and reproductive health care to actively participate by submitting abstracts, either for oral free communication (FC) or poster presentation. All abstracts will be evaluated and those accepted will be published in a supplement of the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care. As only a limited number of oral communications can be accepted, authors are asked to indicate on their form whether they wish their abstract to be considered only for oral (FC) or only for poster presentation or for either option.

How to submit an abstract
  1. Abstracts can only be submitted electronically through the online system Hard copy abstracts (sent by fax, email or post) will not be considered.
  2. You will initially need to register as a first-time user. The system will ask you to enter your name and contact details and to create a personal password.
  3. Log in to the submission system. To log in, enter your email address and the password you chose when you first registered with the system (see 2).
  4. When you click the 'login' button you will be taken to a screen from which the submission process starts. Please read the instructions on this screen carefully. If you have not yet submitted an abstract to the system you should click the link that says 'Click here to start'.
  5. Should you want to submit several abstracts, you will have to log in each time you want to submit an abstract.
  6. Please contact the administrator by email ( if you have any problem with this process.
Topics for oral free communications and posters

Authors must select one group from the list which best describes the content of their submitted abstract.
Both quantitative and qualitative research is welcomed but NOT case reports.
All abstracts must relate directly to the aims and objectives of the ESC.

o Abortion

  • Legal issues
  • Provision and funding
  • Counselling; methods; pre and post abortion care

o Contraception

  • All methods - both male & female; reversible & irreversible; emergency contraception and their availability
  • Counselling, choice, acceptability, individualised approach
  • Side effects, risks, benefits
  • Medical issues - including cancer, cardiovascular, concurrent medical/surgical problems, gynaecological issues, return of fertility, discontinuation
  • Particular groups - adolescent, post-partum. pre-menopausal, mental or physical disability, socially disadvantaged

o Culture, ethnicity and religion

o Demography

o Education and training for SRH providers, patients / clients and others

  • Differing roles of providers in the various countries
  • Methods of education ie online, e-learning, TED lectures
  • Role of academic institutions: pre and post graduate; colleges, schools etc
  • Qualifications for SRH providers

o Medico-legal

o Modern communication techniques; use by patients, clients, providers and media

  • Telemedicine; mobile devices
  • Social media

o New developments in SRH; incl. research; molecular biology and new technologies

o Service provision

  • Delivery and diversity of SRH in a multicultural world in all settings including resource-poor areas
  • Cost benefit analyses
  • Role of non-governmental organisations, charities, self-help groups.
  • Role of social sciences
  • Legal constraints
  • Funding of contraceptives - self funded; insurance, government funded

o Sexual and reproductive health

  • Behaviour
  • Rights
  • Gender issues
  • Patient / Client education
  • Sexual abuse, rape, violence

o Sexual diseases

  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Other diseases ie Zika virus

o Sexual Dysfunction

o Other - aligned with contraception, sexual and reproductive health

Typing and other instructions
  • Abstracts must be written in English.
  • The abstract must fit into the abstract frame (max. 400 words).
  • Type the title of the abstract in the first textbox.
  • Do not enter names of authors or affiliations in the abstract template, as your abstract needs to remain unidentified (blinded) to the reviewers. As you will need to enter this information elsewhere online, the system will make the correct link between your name etc. and your abstract.
  • Preferably do not include references.
  • The text of the abstract should briefly state:
    o Objective(s): indicate the purpose of the study or the hypothesis that was tested.
    o Design and methods: include the setting for the study, the subjects (number and type), the diagnosis or intervention, and statistical analysis.
    o Results: present as clearly as possible the outcome of the study and statistical significance if appropriate.
    o Conclusions: briefly discuss the data and emphasise the significance of the results.
  • Type the text of the abstract using the full width of the document.
  • Avoid the use of symbols.
  • Standard abbreviations are accepted in the text. Unusual ones should be defined at first mention. Do not use abbreviations in the title.
  • Please ensure that your abstract does not contain any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific facts.
  • You will be asked to declare any conflicts of interest.
Procedure and general policy
  • Original scientific material is welcome and should not have been previously published.
  • Abstracts presented at local, regional or national meetings may be submitted.
  • Abstracts must reach the online system not later than 29 November 2017. Receipt of the abstract will be confirmed.
  • Any person submitting an abstract can only be the first author for two abstracts.
  • Authors will need to indicate their preference on the online form: oral free communication only, poster only, either oral free communication or poster.
  • Authors who wish their abstract to be considered for the best free communication or best poster award or/and for presentation during the Young Scientist session should indicate this on the online submission form.
  • Abstracts will be evaluated (blind) by at least one referee.
  • Confirmation of acceptance or rejection by the Scientific Committee will be mailed to the author. Detailed practical information regarding the presentation will be included in the confirmation.
  • Accepted abstracts will be published in the electronic book of abstracts of the congress, a supplement of the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care.
  • Authors are urged, if they are not native English speakers, to have their abstract read and corrected by someone with mastery of that language. The writing style of the abstract will be checked by the publisher and necessary amendments made. In view of the deadline for publication, it will not be possible to submit the aforementioned amendments for authors' approval.
  • Presenting authors whose abstracts are accepted for presentation must register for the congress and pay the (early) registration fee. In the case of 'no show' at the time of the congress, the author may be blacklisted for the next congress.

Still have questions?

Oral Free Communications

Accepted oral Free Communication (FC) abstracts will be integrated into the main sessions. Authors will be advised as to which session their abstract has been allocated. The time limit will be 5 minutes presentation and 2 minutes for questions. Abstracts will be marked (using fixed criteria and including keeping to these time limits) and the best FC abstract will be awarded with a prize at the Closing Ceremony. Abstracts that have been accepted but for which there is no presentation slot, will be included in the electronic book of abstracts in a separate section. These will not be eligible for the best FC prize.

Young Scientist Award

Authors wishing to be considered for this award must be the first author and be under 35 years at 9 May 2018. Accepted abstracts will be presented and judged in the Young Scientist session. The time limit will be 10 minutes for presentation and 4 minutes for questions. The Young Scientist award will be presented at the Closing Ceremony.


Accepted poster authors will be asked to make a short presentation at an allocated time during tea/coffee or lunch breaks. Authors will be advised as to what time slot their abstract has been allocated. This will be an opportunity for the public to discuss the author's work and for marking for the Best Poster prize. The time limit will be 10 minutes for presentation and questions. The Best Poster award will be presented at the Closing Ceremony.

Public Poster Award

The congress participants will be asked to vote for their Best poster. The award winner will be presented at the Closing Ceremony.



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