RCPCH Conference and exhibition 2020 - how to submit an abstract

You can be a vital part of the UK's largest child health event by submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation. It’s a great opportunity to meet colleagues and share best practice. Our deadline is 23:59 GMT, Monday 21 October 2019.


Submit an abstract

Can I make a submission?

The Conference Organising Committee invites submissions of papers for presentation at the RCPCH Conference in April 2020. You do not need to be an RCPCH member to make a submission.   


There is no fee for making a submission.

If your submission is accepted for presentation then you will be required to attend the Conference and pay the standard registration fee for the day of your presentation. If you are no longer able to attend, or would like to withdraw your abstract for any other reason please email Luan at luan.barlow@hg3.co.uk and the Conference team at conference@rcpch.ac.uk.

We will notify authors on our decision on 18 December 2019.

Why should I submit an abstract?

There are plenty of reasons to submit an abstract for RCPCH Conference, here’s just a few:

  • Citation on the ADC and Conference website, event app and programme.
  • Showcase preliminary project work and gain constructive feedback to help shape future activity.
  • A fantastic addition to your CV and boost your chances of winning funding.
  • Refine your presentation skills and promote yourself, and your institution.
  • Share your knowledge - your work could make a real difference.

Top scoring abstract authors will also have the chance to present their work as a plenary talk in the main auditorium.

Share your work and play a pivotal role at the UK's biggest child health event.

What topics should I consider?

Before you consider your abstract submission, it’s worth noting that the theme for the 2020 event is ‘Innovating for child health’ so the more innovative, the better!

You will be required to select the relevant category for your abstract during the short submission process, from the following:

Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine

British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health
British Association of General Paediatrics British Society for Paediatric Dermatology
British Academy of Childhood Disability  British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition 
British Association of Community Child Health Child Protection Special Interest Group and Child Protection Standing Committee 
British Association of Child and Adolescent Public Health Children’s Ethics & Law Special Interest Group
British Association for Paediatric Nephrology International Child Health Group
British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology Paediatric Educators' Special Interest Group
British Association of Perinatal Medicine in conjunction with the Neonatal Society Paediatric clinical leaders: service planning, provision and best practice
British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group Paediatric Intensive Care Society UK
British Paediatric Allergy Immunity and Infection Group  Paediatric Mental Health Association
British Paediatric Neurology Association Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology Special Interest Group 
British Paediatric Respiratory Society Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 
Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group Trainees session 
Paediatric Special Interest Group: British Society of Haematology Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group
British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Young People's Health Special Interest Group
George Still Forum (ADHD)  

Important information before you submit an abstract

  1. If you are submitting more than one abstract, you can use the same email address and password for each abstract.
  2. Abstracts are required for all papers and posters. Abstracts must be submitted online.
  3. Text must be in single line spacing.
  4. Authors are allowed to use basic tables and these should be submitted within the abstract. Please note that table text will count toward your maximum word count of 350.
  5. Images are not allowed as part of the abstract.

Preparation of your abstract

  1. A “blind” selection process is used. Please do not list identifying features such as names of hospitals, medical schools, clinics or cities in the title or text of the abstract. Do not include the names of authors either. The names of authors and their affiliations (institutions) will be submitted online when you submit the abstract.
  2. Abstracts which have been presented to a substantially different audience, especially an international one, may be submitted for consideration.
  3. The title should be as brief as possible but long enough to indicate clearly the nature of the study.
  4. Abstracts should state briefly and clearly the purpose, methods, results and conclusions of the work.  Case reports/studies can be submitted and should be submitted in a format most relevant to the content. The maximum word count is 350 words.
  5. You do not need to include references as part of your submission.
  • Aims: Clearly state the purpose of the abstract.
  • Methods: Describe your selection of observations or experimental subjects clearly.
  • Results: Present your results in a logical sequence in text, tables and illustrations - if results are not included, your abstract will not be considered
  • Conclusion: Clearly state the conclusion of your study.

Submitting a new abstract

  1. Log in to the submission system when your abstract is completed and ready to send. To log in, go to the RCPCH website and follow the links to the online abstract form.
  2. When you click the “log in” button, you will be taken to a screen from which the submission process starts.
    Please read the instructions on this screen carefully. If you have not yet submitted an abstract to the system you should click the link that says “Click here to submit a new abstract”. Then enter your email address and choose a password.
  3. Submitting an abstract is a multi-step process. Each step asks several questions:
  • Step 1: complete your demographic details
  • Step 2: enter specialty interest, eligibility for award and membership information
  • Step 3: enter abstract title, text, authors and affiliations
  • Step 4: review your submission and submit

Amending a submission

Please ensure that you check your abstract carefully before submitting to ensure it is the final version.  Changes will not be permitted once the abstract has been submitted and you have received your confirmation email.

Withdrawing an abstract

If you want to withdraw an abstract please contact Luan Barlow at Hg3 Conferences, luan.barlow@hg3.co.uk.

How are papers selected?

  1. Abstracts are firstly adjudicated by a group of experts within the specialty group of your choice.
  2. The top scoring abstracts from each group will be sent to the main Conference Organising Committee to review for consideration for presentation in the Innovators in Paediatrics sessions within the main plenary sessions at Conference. (Eight abstracts will be selected for these sessions.)
  3. All other successful abstracts will be allocated as either a poster or an oral presentation within the programme of the specialty group it was submitted to. (Scheduling and selection managed by the specialty group convenor.)

When will I hear about the outcome of my submission?

We will write to everybody on 18 December 2019, with details on the outcome of their submission. Please do not call the office for an update on your submission until this date. We are only able to give information to the person who submitted the abstract.

Where are papers published?

All those submissions that are accepted for presentation will be published in the online supplement to the April edition of the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

We will publish your abstract from the version supplied by you. It will be published exactly as submitted - this means that any errors or spelling mistakes will show. Please proofread your submission very carefully.

Should you have any queries relating to your abstract then please do not hesitate to contact our conference secretariat, Hg3 Conferences, at luan.barlow@hg3.co.uk.

Submit an abstract