Abstract submission

Online submission via myERS enables you to create an account, create and save your abstract. If you already have a myERS account, you will be able to submit your abstract directly.

Once you have saved your abstract, you can later edit or update it until you feel it is ready for submission.

The first-round abstract submission period is now closed. Notification on whether an abstract is accepted or not, session formats and scheduling of presentations will be sent to the author's email address (the one used during abstract submission) by mid-June 2020.

Further abstract submission periods

Late-breaking abstract submission: call open between 1–31 May, 2020.
An opportunity to submit an abstract that contains novel data from all suitable experimental methods and study designs, which only became available after the first-round submission deadline in February 2020.

NEW: Randomised controlled trial (RCT) abstract submission: call open between 24 June–15 July, 2020.
The most ground-breaking RCT submissions will be presented as part of the ALERT sessions (Abstracts Leading to Evolution in Respiratory Medicine Trials), offering a perfect platform to showcase important clinical trial data from all respiratory disease areas.

Programme allocation

The International Congress Programme Committee will allocate successful abstracts to session formats, including:

  • Oral presentation
  • Poster discussion
  • Thematic poster
  • Clinical trials session

Accepted and presented during the ERS Congress abstracts will be published in a supplement of the online version of the European Respiratory Journal known as the Abstract Book. Publication in the Abstract Book or Congress Guide requires registration by at least one author.

Correspondence and further information regarding abstract travel grants and sponsorship will be sent to the corresponding author only. If you intend to apply for ERS sponsorship once abstracts have been accepted, please ensure that you are the corresponding author of the abstract.


Frequently asked questions on abstracts (FAQs):


What is an abstract?
An abstract is a summary of a paper (research publication). The study and results reported should be novel and not simply an extension of previously published work.
How do I submit an abstract?
What is a late-breaking abstract?
How do I submit a late breaking abstract?
My project is still ongoing and there are no results yet, should I still submit an abstract?
How many abstracts can be submitted by an author?
Can I submit a case report study?
Do I need to disclose information of conflict of interest in my abstract?
Where can I find the guidelines on how to prepare an abstract?
What is the required structure for an abstract?
Further help needed


Can I submit an abstract that has been already presented in different event?
We do not accept abstract which was already presented and published. However you can submit something similar to the ERS International Congress, we expect some addition/new data to an abstract presented at another congress.
Who has the copyright for my abstract after submission?
How long should an abstract be?
How many co-authors can I include on the authors list?
I missed the deadline for the 1st round of abstract submission. Can I submit my abstract as a late-breaking abstract?
Further help needed

Notification and publication

How can I find out whether my abstract is accepted or not?
Abstract notification will be sent to the author's email address (the one used during abstract submission) by mid-June 2020.
Who selects the abstracts and decides how they will be presented?
My abstract is accepted to the Congress. How do I obtain an invitation for my visa application?
I cannot come to the congress to present my abstract. Can one of the co-authors present it on my behalf?
When will the full abstract content be available, and where can I find it?
Where will my abstract be published?
Further help needed

Changes and withdrawals

Abstract changes. Once submitted, can I still modify my abstract?
You cannot modify your abstract's body nor title after it is submitted.
After you receive the notification that your abstract is accepted to the ERS Congress you will be able to modify only the list of authors.
To ensure that changes to the author's list are considered, make sure the changes are done in due time, at least one month prior the Congress starts to ensure the abstract are updated on all platforms.

You will have to login to the abstract platform and edit the authors list or to change the presenting author.
How can I change my abstract’s presenting author?
How can I withdraw my abstract?
I submitted an abstract under the wrong category. Is it still possible to change it?
Can I change the session of my abstract presentation?
Further help needed

Sponsorship and grants

When will I be notified if my sponsorship / grant application has been successful?
All notifications will be sent out by end of June 2020
Can I apply for sponsorship / a grant when submitting a late-breaking abstract?
If I change the presenting author of my abstract, will the new author receive the sponsorship / grant instead of me?
If I will not be able to participate at Congress this year, would it be possible to transfer my sponsorship to next year’s Congress?
Further help needed

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