10th ESC Congress

10th ESC Congress


impact of contraception and family planning”

April 30 – May 3


Prague, Czech


The Organizing and

Scientific Committee cordially invite all those involved in any aspect of

contraception, sexual and reproductive health care to participate actively by

submitting abstracts, either for oral or poster presentation. All abstracts will

be peer reviewed and those accepted will be published in a Supplement of the

European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care.


Oral Communications

The best oral

communication abstracts will be selected for presentation either in the free

communication sessions or integrated in a congress session. Authors will need to

indicate their preference for an oral presentation on the online form.

Instructions for oral communications will be given at the time of notification

of acceptance. However, as only a limited number of oral communications can be

accepted, authors may be asked to change their proposal and present their work

as a poster. Authors who do not accept this, should indicate this on the online



Young Scientist


Abstracts submitted for

the Young Scientist session should be written by a first author who is less than

33 years old on May 1st, 2008. Authors who wish to be included in this session,

should indicate this on the online form.


Poster presentations

Poster presentations

will carry equivalent scientific status to oral communications in the programme.

Instructions for poster preparation and display will be given at the time of

notification of acceptance.



A selection of the best

posters will be presented in the ‘Best Poster’ session. Authors should prepare

two slides in case they are selected to present their work. A prize for the best

poster will be awarded during the Closing Ceremony. Every presenter in the young

scientist session will compete for the Young Scientist Prize, which is awarded

to the best paper presented in this session.


Topics for Free

Communications and Posters


Abortion Ethics and legislation Service delivery and quality of care
Adolescence Hormonal contraception Sexual dysfunctions
Barrier methods Intrauterine contraception Sex education
Counselling Long-lasting contraceptive methods Spermicides
Demography Male contraception Sterilization
Emergency contraception Natural methods Sexually Transmitted Infections
Endocrinology and metabolism Oncology Miscellaneous


Authors must select one

topic from the aforementioned list which best describes the content of the

submitted abstract.


Procedure and general


  • 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 1 January 2008. 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 communication only,

    poster only, either oral or poster.

  • Authors who wish

    their abstract to be considered for one of the awards (see elsewhere) or/and

    for presentation during the Young Scientist session, should indicate this on

    the online submission form.

  • Abstracts will be

    peer reviewed (blind) by at least two referees.

  • Confirmation of

    acceptance or rejection by the Scientific Committee will be mailed to the

    corresponding author. Detailed practical information regarding the

    presentation, will be included in the confirmation.

  • Accepted abstracts

    will be published in the Book of Abstracts of the Congress, Supplement of

    the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care.

  • Presenting authors,

    whose abstracts are accepted for presentation, must register for the

    congress and pay the (early) registration fee. In case of no show at the

    time of the congress, the author may be blacklisted for the next congress.


How to submit an


  1. Abstracts can only

    be submitted electronically through the online system on www.contraception-esc.com/prague.htm 

    (Call for abstracts) – “Click here to submit an abstract”. Hard copy

    abstracts (sent by fax or post) will not be considered.

  2. As a first step, you

    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. After having

    submitted this information, you will receive (download) an abstract template

    together with an instruction file by email.

  3. Open the template

    file (offline) and enter your abstract into it following the instructions in

    the instruction file. In case you intend to submit more than one abstract,

    you can duplicate the template file.

  4. Log in to the

    submission system when your abstract is completed and ready to be sent

    (upload). To log in, enter your email address and the password you chose

    when you first registered with the system (see 2).

  5. When you click the

    “log in” 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 submit a new


  6. Should you want to

    submit several abstracts, you have to login each time you want to submit an


  7. Please contact the

    administrator by email ([email protected]) if you have any

    problems with this process.



and other instructions

  1. Abstracts must be

    written in English (English, not American spelling).

  2. Use Arial font, size


  3. The abstract must

    fit into the abstract frame.

  4. Type the title of

    the abstract in bold and Sentence case (no capitals!) in the first textbox.

  5. 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.

  6. Preferably do not

    enter references.

  7. The text of the

    abstract should briefly state:

    1. Objective(s):

      indicate the purpose of the study or the hypothesis that was tested.

    2. Design

      & Methods: include the setting for the study, the subjects

      (number and type), the diagnosis or intervention, and statistical


    3. Results:

      present as clearly as possible the outcome of the study and

      statistical significance if appropriate.

    4. Conclusions:

      briefly discuss the data and emphasize the significance of the


  8. Type the text of the

    abstract single-spaced with no indentations, using the full width of the


  9. Avoid the use of


  10. Standard

    abbreviations are accepted in the text. Unusual ones should be in brackets

    after the word first appears. Do not use abbreviations in the title.

  11. Please ensure that

    your abstract does not contain any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific

    facts as it will be reproduced exactly as you type it.


Abstract submission

deadline 13 January 2008


Still have questions?


Ms Nancy Habils

Abstract administration

ESC Central Office

Opalfeneweg 3

B-1740 Ternat, Belgium

Tel +32 2 582 08 52

Fax +32 2 582 55 15

[email protected]

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