Abstract Submission is now closed.

Electronic Submission of Abstracts

ASGBI operates a paperless electronic abstract system which enables authors to ‘copy and paste’ abstracts (including tables and special scientific characters, but not figures or diagrams) directly from word processing software into the abstract template provided, facilitating quick and easy abstract submission.

Short Papers and E-posters

There will be several sessions for short paper presentations at the Congress, as well as a display of electronic scientific posters on plasma screens that will be presented during dedicated interactive lunchtime sessions. Each Poster submission will be £25 + VAT. Guidelines for submission are outlined below, and please ensure to read them carefully.

Please note that all accepted abstracts, whether for oral or e-poster presentation, will be published online on the BJS website (citeable). Abstracts accepted for oral presentation in the Moynihan Prize Paper session(s) will, in addition, be published online.

The 2017 Moynihan Prize Papers can be viewed here: http://www.asgbi.org/glasgow2017/moynihan-prize-presentations/

All authors who have abstracts accepted for the Congress are encouraged to submit a manuscript at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjs for consideration for publication in the BJS.


  • Abstract Submission is now closed.
  • Acceptance notifications will be made by the end of February 2018.
  • Presenting authors are responsible for registration, travel, and hotel costs.
  • Abstracts will be compiled and made available to participants via the Congress app, and as a booklet published on the Congress microsite after the event has taken place.

Topics for Abstract Submission

  • Audit and Outcomes Research
  • Basic and Applied Clinical Science
  • Breast/Endocrine
  • Cancer/Surgical Oncology
  • Education and Training
  • Emergency Surgery (Specify if using NELA data)
  • General
  • Hernia/Soft Tissue
  • Minimally invasive Surgery
  • Patient Safety
  • Quality Improvement
  • Perioperative Care/Nutrition
  • Randomised Clinical Trials
  • Surgical Complications
  • Surgical Simulation and Technology
  • Teamwork
  • Trauma and Military Surgery
  • Vascular and Transplant

Guidelines for the Submission of Abstracts

  • The abstract should relate to original, unpublished work and must not have been previously presented at any major meeting.
  • Abstracts must consist of four paragraphs, entitled: Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusions.
  • Abstracts are to be submitted as text and tables only (i.e. no figures, graphs or diagrams).
  • The text must fit within the abstract template and use Arial font in size 11. The maximum word count is 250 words.
  • No more than a maximum of six authors should be listed.
  • As the abstract will be judged anonymously, the text must not reveal any institutional affiliation.
  • The category which best describes the subject of your work, from the list of topics above should be indicated. Abstracts should only be submitted in ONE category. Duplicate submissions will be disqualified.
  • If the abstract is to be considered for the Moynihan or NELA Prizes, the relevant box should be marked during the submission process.
  • After the submission deadline has closed, absolutely no changes can be made to the abstract.
Please note carefully!
Submission of an abstract constitutes a formal commitment by a minimum of one named author to present the abstract in the session and at the time decided upon by the ASGBI Scientific Committee, or in the case of an e-poster, to register for and be present for a minimum of one day of the Congress. Any change in the presenting author should be communicated in advance via email to Membership Manager, Rochelle Roach at rochelle@asgbi.org.uk. Failure to present the abstract for other than well founded reasons will lead to the author and their supervisor receiving a letter outlining the default, and the abstract will not be published.

ASGBI takes a serious view of Research Governance. Please ensure that the abstract has been seen and agreed by all of the named authors before submission. Where there is a conflict, ASGBI’s Scientific Committee will take the final decision on whether an abstract will be presented. All authors have a responsibility to ensure that the data submitted is accurate, is not extrapolated and fairly represents the presentation to be given at the Association’s International Surgical Congress.

Audiovisual Arrangements

The deadline for receiving speaker and short paper presentations is Tuesday 1st May 2018. Full details for submission can be found in the Provisional Programme.  Please note that it is advisable to bring an up to date copy of your presentation on a USB stick on the day.

ASGBI Sponsors and Corporate Patrons