Abstract Competition

XXXIIIrd Edinburgh
Anaesthesia Festival
12-14 August 2019

Abstract Competition

You are invited to submit an abstract for oral and poster presentation. The competition includes two awards:

The Professor Alastair Spence Award

With a prize fund of more than £1,000 (including Complimentary entry to EAF 2020, Scottish pewter quaich, and a cash prize of £500), two abstracts will be selected for oral presentation on Day 3 of the conference. They will also be invited to enter the competition for the Best Poster.

The Best Poster Award

Having a prize fund of over £500 (including a £250 cash prize and complimentary entry to EAF 2020), shortlisted abstracts will be invited to present their poster during the conference. Entrants will need to attend on either Day 1 or 2 of the conference.  All entrants will receive a certificate of participation. Winners will be announced on Day 3 of the Conference.

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Abstract Submission

Submission deadline - now extended - Abstracts must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 26 April 2019.

Requirements - Abstracts should describe research, case reports or quality improvement work carried out by the authors in anaesthesia, intensive care or pain related medicine. 

You must ensure that all relevant consent and approval is obtained prior to submitting your abstract. 

Your submission must not have been previously presented in poster or oral format at any other meeting nor been published.


The Abstract must contain:

  • Full name, highest academic qualification, institution, and contact details (including an email address) of corresponding author
  • Full name, highest academic qualification, institution of other authors
  • Title, (no more than 20 words)
  • The following headings for research or quality improvement work: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions
  • For case reports, the following headings should be used: Description, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References.
  • Signed written consent must be obtained prior to submission (if patient has passed away, please ensure next of kin has provided consent).
  • A maximum of 1 table or figure
  • The total word count of an abstract may not exceed 400 words. Note: The 400 word count is for the abstract body (title, authors' information, institutions, tables, images and spaces between words will not count towards the 400 word count)


Selection Process

Abstracts will be assessed by a review panel appointed by the EAF Committee. Abstract decisions (oral presentation, poster presentation, or rejection) will be notified by 15 May 2019.



Presenters (both poster and oral) are expected to pay the registration fee and attend the EAF during their assessment day.  (Early Bird rates are available).

Poster presenters must be available to discuss their poster with the judging panel. This will be during the intervals of Day 1 or Day 2 of the EAF.  (Assessment day / time slot will be advised by 15 May).

Oral presentations will be made on the Day 3 of EAF 2019 (14th August 2019), and will be 7 minutes long (with 3 minutes for questions), in the main auditorium.


Please note

  • All judging decisions are final; there is no appeals process nor opportunity to discuss decisions made.
  • Poster and oral presenters must be registered to attend the EAF by 30 May 2019.
  • By submitting an abstract to the competition, the submitting authors confirm that the work has not been previously presented in poster or oral format at another meeting and has not otherwise been published.

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