10th Congress of the European Society of Contraception

10th Congress of the
European Society of Contraception

"Non-contraceptive impact of contraception
and family planning"




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Oral Communications
| Young Scientist Session | Poster presentations
| Awards | Topics | Procedure
| How to submit an abstract? | Typing and other instructions
| Abstract submission deadline
| Questions?


here to submit an abstract for the 10th ESC Congress


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.



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 form.

Scientist Session

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 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


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.

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.

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 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
  • 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. 

to submit an abstract?

  1. Abstracts can only be submitted electronically through the
    online system on www.contraception-esc.com (congress section) –
    "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 abstract
  6. Should you want to submit several abstracts, you have to login each
    time you want to submit an abstract.
  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 10.
  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
  7. The text of the abstract should briefly state: 
  1. Objective(s): indicate the purpose of the study or the hypothesis that was
  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 results.
  1. Type
    the text of the abstract single-spaced with no indentations, using the
    full width of the document.
  2. Avoid the use of symbols.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

submission deadline
13 January


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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