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 Abstract submission updates

9 June 2017: Most applicants who submitted abstracts ahead of the May deadlines will find their abstract outcome letter is now available to download by logging in to their Congress participant account; alerts to this were sent by email yesterday. The outcomes for submissions to a few abstract topics are still being finalized, and email alerts to these should be sent by end of June 12, 2017.

1 June 2017: The Call for Abstracts text below is now for reference only; if you missed the May abstract submission deadlines but are interested in presenting work at the Congress, please see the information on the event's Late-breaking Abstracts phase, opening on July 7, 2017.

19 May 2017: Thank you for your abstract submissions ahead of the May deadlines. Submitted abstracts are now under assessment for oral presentation options, bursaries, and acceptance to the event. Notifications of outcomes are expected to be available on June 8, 2017. 


The Congress Organizing Committee is pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for consideration for the 42nd FEBS Congress
. Abstracts must be submitted via the online participant portal before the deadlines explained below. Abstract topics can be seen here.

Submitted abstracts can be considered for oral presentations (as ‘Short Talks’ in the Symposia or as ‘Speed Talks’) and for poster presentations.  Posters will be organized by topic, and opportunities for presenters to explain and discuss their work to interested participants will be provided by designated poster sessions in the Congress schedule. FEBS Press Poster Prizes will be awarded during the event. Poster presenters will also have the option to upload their poster to the Congress website if they wish, for viewing by other delegates for a limited period around the time of the Congress. 

Accepted abstracts will be displayed on the Congress website and app, and collated in an online supplement of The FEBS Journal. Abstracts appearing in The FEBS Journal supplement will be included individually in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index published by Web of Science.

Important points

  • Abstracts must be submitted in English 
  • Abstracts must contain original work that has not been previously published
  • Abstracts should describe substantive scientific results in the molecular life sciences
  • The presenting author of the abstract must complete registration by May 8, 2017 for abstracts to be assessed and included in The FEBS Journal supplement
  • Each registrant can submit only one abstract for evaluation

Assessment and screening

  • Abstracts submitted for consideration for oral presentation will be assessed by the Congress Organizing Committee for scientific quality, novelty and, in the case of selection for Short Talks in the Symposia, the fit with the Congress subtopics.
  • Abstracts submitted with eligible FEBS bursary applications will be assessed by the Congress Organizing Committee for scientific quality; in addition, CVs and personal statements will be considered for bursary applications.
  • All abstracts submitted to the Congress will be screened by the Congress Organizing Committee for relevance to the Congress’ scientific content and presentation. Abstracts not meeting the quality standards will not be accepted.
  • UPDATE MAY 19, 2017: Notification of outcomes of assessment for oral presentation and bursaries, and confirmation of acceptance of abstracts to the Congress, are now expected to be available on June 8, 2017.


  • Abstract Submission deadline: May 8, 2017
  • FEBS Bursary Application deadline: May 4, 2017

Abstract submission AND paid registration of the presenting author must be complete by these deadlines for assessment of abstracts and inclusion in The FEBS Journal supplement. Please click here to register online through the participant portal.

Abstracts submitted to the 17th FEBS Young Scientists’ Forum (YSF)

Abstracts submitted as an application to the YSF are assessed by the YSF Organizing Committee and Chair of the FEBS Working Group on the Careers of Young Scientists. As explained on the YSF Applications webpage, abstracts must be submitted through the Congress online participant portal by the earlier deadline of March 24, 2017, and editing of abstracts accepted for the YSF is not possible after this date. Note that abstracts accepted to the YSF are also accepted for presentation at the Congress, and all other Congress abstract submission requirements, as detailed in the ‘important points’ above and the step-by-step guide below, apply also to YSF abstracts. For more information on YSF abstract submission and assessment, please see YSF Applications.

FEBS 2017 Abstract Submission System Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. After logging in, select the 'Abstract' tab on the top menu of your participant account on the Congress website.
  2. Abstract Track:  Invited speakers should select the Plenary Lecture, Symposia, FEBS Special Sessions or Early Bird Sessions tracks, as appropriate. All other abstract submissions should be into the Poster track initially; then, if you would like your abstract to be considered for presentation as a Short Talk in the Symposia, or as a Speed Talk in Speed Talk sessions, please answer 'Yes' to the question about oral presentation.
    Note on oral presentations and possible outcomes: presenters whose abstracts are accepted for Short Talks will be integrated into the Symposia schedules; abstracts accepted as Speed Talks will be featured in the Speed Talk Sessions and also as Posters; and the remaining eligible oral presentation submissions will be accepted as Posters.
  3. Abstract Topic: Please choose the most relevant abstract topic from the drop-down menu.
  4. Title: Your abstract title should be short and informative, and must not exceed 200 characters. It must be written in sentence case – do not write your title in all capital letters. 
  5. Authors and Institutions: Please add authors by using the 'Add/Edit Author' button. The presenting author can be changed by clicking the ‘Edit Author’ button of the preferred author and by choosing ‘Yes’ for ‘Presenter’ field. The order of authors can also be changed by editing the ‘Numerical Order’ of an author. Author names will be automatically formatted in the following style:  A. Smith, B. Jones, etc. The author's workplace address must be added for every author listed – this can be done via the Add/Edit Author's Workplace(s) button.
  6. Abstract Body:
    a. Your abstract body can have a maximum of 2000 characters (with formatting and spaces). The first sentences should provide the background of the work. This should be followed by the experimental details, with a conclusion of one or two sentences. The abstract body should be presented as one single paragraph – do not use paragraph returns.
    b. Please use the text field to type the abstract body only. The text can also be copied and pasted into this field, but if this method is used we recommend that the text is pasted as plain text. Editing tools are provided for formatting; see note 6c. Please use the ‘Preview’ button to check the final format of your abstract body carefully.
    c. Special characters can be added using the ‘Special Character’ choice under ‘Insert’ tab. Superscript (x2) and subscript (x2) characters can be formatted using the relevant selection under the ‘Format’ tab. Take care not to use I (cap i) or l (ell) for 1 (one), O (capital o) for 0 (zero) or ß (German esszett) for β (beta). 
    d. Use standard abbreviations for units of measure; other abbreviations should be spelled out in full at first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis (exceptions: RNA, DNA, etc.).
    e. Tables, charts or other figures are not permitted.
    f. Do not include any reference citations, keywords or commercial advertising.
  7. Editing and submission: You can edit your abstract through the online system as you wish before your submission deadline, clicking 'Save' to keep your abstract as a draft. To submit your abstract to the Congress, simply click 'Submit' ahead of your deadline. However, please proofread your work carefully and ensure all details are correct ahead of submission. You can view your final text by clicking the ‘Preview’ button in the ‘Abstracts’ page. Editing or other changes to your abstract are not possible after you have clicked Submit, and accepted abstracts will not be copyedited ahead of posting. 
  8. Abstract display: The abstracts will be displayed on the Congress website and app, and collated in an online supplement of The FEBS Journal. The presenting author will be required to check a box in the online system indicating consent from all abstract authors to submission of the abstract to the event, and posting through these channels.

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