Late Breaking Submissions are now closed.


Abstracts and late-breaking abstracts will be published as submitted in Clinical Nutrition ESPEN with a unique DOI. The link to the publication will be made available by November.




Important Dates & Deadlines

12 January 2022Submission Start
11 April 2022, Midnight CETSubmission Deadline
11 May 2022 (EUR 100). E-Posters onlyLate Breaking Submission Start
15 June 2022Late Breaking Submission Deadline
End-June 2022Notifications to Regular Submitters
End-June 2022Notifications to LB Submitters

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Abstracts can only be submitted online via the on-line abstract submission form (will be available January 2022)


On the Congress website 1 month prior to the Congress.

Abstracts will be published as submitted in Clinical Nutrition ESPEN and each abstract will have a unique DOI.

Submission Process

  • Delegates, who would like to present their work at the Congress, either orally or as an e-poster, are invited to submit an abstract for consideration by the Abstract Grading Committee.
  • A paper should not be submitted to the 44th ESPEN Congress if it has already been presented internationally.
  • Abstract submission is only possible via the online abstract submission form.
  • Please read carefully all the instructions available on the Internet and on the on-line abstract submission system before preparing your abstract.
  • The creation of a user account is required for the submission of an abstract. The account only needs to be created once and can be re-used for future abstract submission and registration to the conference. Submitters from last year’s meeting should use their existing account details.
  • Abstracts can be saved in “Draft status” to be re-edited and modified until the submission deadline (11 April 2022, Midnight CET). Abstracts cannot be edited after the submission deadline.
  • Abstracts fulfilling all criteria can be saved in “Final submission” status. Only abstracts in “Final submission” status will be considered for the Congress.
  • Abstracts are accepted on a wide range of topics in clinical nutrition and metabolism. The submitter has to select the right topic for the abstract on the submission form. Available topics are:
    • Nutritional epidemiology
    • Carbohydrate and lipid metabolism
    • Protein and amino acid metabolism
    • Hormones, mediators and immunity
    • Vitamins, antioxidants and minerals
    • Critical Care
    • Liver and gastrointestinal tract
    • Nutrition and chronic diseases
    • Obesity and the metabolic syndrome
    • Nutrition and cancer
    • Paediatrics
    • Nutritional techniques and formulations
    • Geriatrics
    • Qualitative design studies
    • Nutritional assessment
    • Perioperative care

For standardisation, the acceptable length of the abstract is of not more than 2’000 printable characters (title included). 

This includes non-visible characters, such as spaces and line breaks. Authors’ details and conflict of interest are not included.

Please refer to the word count of the system as slight differences may occur when counting with WORD or similar programmes.

The abstract needs to be structured as follows:

  • Rationale: this section should contain 1-2 sentences that clearly indicate the scientific question of the study and its clinical (or other) importance.
  • Methods: this section should contain sufficient information to be able to understand the experimental design, the analytical techniques and the statistics used in the study.
  • Results: this section should contain objective data to answer the scientific question(s).
  • Conclusions: this section should provide only conclusions of the study directly supported by the results, along with implications for clinical practice, avoiding speculation and overgeneralisation.

One table can be included, but the total number of cells (columns + rows) may not exceed 16. Please note that tables may significantly reduce the number of the remaining allowed characters.

A paper cannot be accepted if the conflict-of-interest disclosure is not signed. On the on-line abstract form, provide the requested details for all authors.


The rules for preparing the abstracts are on this page. Failure to observe these guidelines may result in disqualification.


Late breaking abstracts may be accepted from the 11th May until the 15th June 2022, Midnight, CET with a non-refundable fee of EUR 100 that has to be paid upon submission. The fee is applicable although the abstract is accepted or not.

Late breaking abstracts will only be presented as e-posters.
Late breaking abstracts are also published in the Supplement of Clinical Nutrition.

Presentation of abstracts

  • Abstracts can be accepted either as an e-poster or oral communication.
  • The Abstract Scientific Committee will select submitted abstracts and determine whether they are accepted for oral presentation or e-poster display.
  • E-Posters should be a single page ppt slide in landscape (16:9) Format – more details on how to submit your e-poster will be provided


Abstracts & late breaking abstracts will be published as submitted in Clinical Nutrition ESPEN and each abstract will have a unique DOI. Abstracts will be published after the Congress and those abstracts not presented at the Congress will not be published. It is the responsibility of the submitting author to ensure that all details, including authorship, are correct. No changes will be allowed after final submission.

General Remarks

  • The Author of the abstract selected for presentation must be registered at the Congress
  • Abstracts must contain data and meet international ethical standards
  • Abbreviations should be defined
  • Trade names cannot be mentioned in the title. However, trade names in brackets will be accepted in the body of the text
  • Please ensure your abstract does not contain spelling, grammar, or scientific mistakes, as it will be reproduced exactly as submitted. Linguistic accuracy is your responsibility. No proof reading will be done
  • No changes can be made to the abstract after the submission deadline 11 April 2022, midnight CET.
  • The reviewers will judge the abstracts according to the relevance to ESPEN, standard of English, objectivity of statements, description of what was done, suitability of methods to aims, conclusions confirmed by objective results, ethics, scientific value, potential clinical value, originality of work and overall impression
  • Submitting authors will be notified by End-June 2022 whether their abstract has been accepted, and they will be informed at the same time about the date, time and form of their presentation. All notifications will be sent out to the e-mail address given on the submission form.

If you want to withdraw your abstract, a written statement reflecting the reasons for this decision must be sent to the ESPEN Secretary no later than 1 June 2022.


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