Guidelines and instructions

You are invited to submit abstracts for original oral, poster and video presentations in any of the congress’ scientific topics.  Please ensure you read the guidelines and instructions below to avoid rejection of your abstracts. 

All abstracts must be submitted in English using the online submission form.
NOTE: Abstracts submitted by email, fax or post will NOT be accepted. The Scientific Committee will not accept responsibility for any abstracts that have not been properly submitted according to the instructions.
Deadline to submit your abstract: Wednesday, January 15th 2020 at 23:59 (GMT+1, European central time)
Deadline extended until January 22nd 2020 at 23:59 (GMT+1, European central time)


Corresponding authors (contact person) must provide the organizers with their phone number and email address. Author and co-author information must be provided including the first and last names of all authors, their department, institution/ hospital, city, state if applicable and country.

Abstracts must contain original scientific data collected by the author(s). All abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to determine whether a submission is accepted as an oral, video or a poster presentation and its decision is final.

Please take note that the abstract may be scheduled for presentation on any day of the Congress.

Abstract Topics

  • Inguinal and incisional hernia, “simple” and “complex”
  • Parastomal hernia
  • Trials
  • Observational studies
  • Surgical technique:
    • “Simple” Techniques
    • Open
    • Minimal Invasive
    • Robotic
    • “Complex” techniques
  • Clinical management
  • Complications
  • Training
  • Prevention
Please ensure that you follow the instructions below when submitting your abstract: Revision will be conducted using blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. Please do not put any information in the title/body of the abstract or the video (including the name of the files) that may indicate the provenance of your abstract.

Abstract format

The title of the abstract must be less than 20 words, in capital letters.

The body of the abstract must be concise with less than 250 words. The abstract system will not accept abstracts that exceed 250 words (body of the abstract).

The abstract must be split into the following sections:

  • Background / introduction
  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion
There are three types of preference presentation available – Oral, Poster and Video. Please note that selecting a preference of presentation means that your abstract will be considered for this type of presentation However, as presentation slots are limited, some abstracts may be reallocated for poster presentation.

In personal details of the submission form, please ensure that you indicate the presenting author on the abstract. If the submitting author is also the presenting author then please mark this as the presenting author

Abbreviations and SI (International System) units should be defined, in parenthesis, in its first use in the abstract.

– Please submit - along with your VIDEO - the textual abstract, following the Abstract Format instructions above. Maximum size of the video: 500MB. Acceptable video formats are: .mp4 or .m4v

Videos should be in a standardized format:
  1. Video title
  2. clinical presentation and indication for surgery
  3. preoperative x-ray images/endoscopy/blood results
  4. operative procedure
  5. postoperative outcome
Videos must include verbal narration. Narration must use generic terms, and no use of commercial/proprietary names is allowed. Videos must not exceed 7 minutes in length. Do not include authors or affiliation in the video or body of abstract.

Careful typing and proofreading are essential, as otherwise the abstract may be rejected.

Results reported using statements such as “results will be presented” or “data will be analyzed” will not be accepted.

A maximum of 5 abstracts will be accepted per presenting author. Those who have already reached this number can only be listed as co-author.

There are no limits of authors per abstract.

What happens once I submit my abstract?

Once the corresponding author has clicked on “submit”, the corresponding author will receive an e-mail confirming the successful submission of the abstract. May you not receive this acknowledgment email, please contact the scientific secretariat as soon as possible at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will double check your submission.

Abstracts will be reviewed using strict guidelines.

Authors (contact person) will be notified of their abstract’s status from February 18th 2020.

Please note that all abstract presenters are required to register to attend the meeting no later than March 3rd 2020 – if you have not registered by this date your abstract will be withdrawn.

Further information on your presentation will be sent to authors with the abstracts’ acceptance notification.
* Should you have any problem submitting your abstract through the online system, please contact the Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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