Monday, October 30, 2017 (ESR, Vienna) – Abstract submission for the forthcoming ECR 2018 closed on October 15, with a record of 7,200 submitted abstracts. A stunning increase of almost 20% in submitted papers puts the ECR above the previously unreached 3,000 papers mark. Taking into consideration that the European Society of Radiology (ESR) already saw a high in abstract submission for its previous congress (ECR 2017), this is an outstanding result in times where most congresses are experiencing shrinking submission and participation figures.
The new record includes abstracts submitted for both scientific papers for oral presentations and electronic posters for the ECR’s EPOS™ exhibition, the latter of which maintained its great submission figures from last year.
“The new high in submitted abstracts, especially the increase in paper abstracts, means a great success for the ESR and for me personally. Increasing submission figures show the active participation of colleagues from all around the world, which is what keeps a congress thriving and is the keystone of every successful meeting. I would like to use this opportunity to extend my thanks to all submitters for taking their chance to shape the scientific face of ECR 2018,” stated ESR President, Prof. Bernd Hamm from the Charité, Berlin.
Of special note are increases in submissions from the radiographer community where submitted abstracts went up by 37%. The newly established radiographer support programme ‘Shape your Skills’ took off well and the ESR is excited to see how this will evolve in the coming years.
Several traditional ECR abstract powerhouses also saw notable increases in submissions, such as Portugal (+36%), China (+33%), Turkey (+21%), United Kingdom (+13%) and Italy (+5%), proving that the appeal of playing a part in one of the world’s biggest medical imaging events is as high as ever.
With almost 300 submitted abstracts, student abstract submission was again a success; the ESR will invite the 32 best submitters to the ECR, covering their congress registration, accommodation, and hotel costs.