Abstract Submission

DEADLINE: The abstract submission system will close on 23 April 2018, 23:59 CET. This abstract receipt deadline will remain firm and any abstracts received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Abstract submitters will receive an e-mail confirmation immediately after submitting their abstract. If you do not receive this e-mail, please contact the Abstract Department.

The Conference Committee of ESICM LIVES 2018 welcomes the submission of abstracts of original contribution to the field.

LIVES 2018 Abstract Awards

Five Best Abstracts Awards
Presenters of the 5 best abstracts will receive an award including one free registration to LIVES 2019 (core congress and/or one master class) plus travel and accommodation (up to 1.000 Euro).

Six N&AHP Abstract Awards
The N&AHP best abstract award includes:

  • one free registration to LIVES 2019 (core congress and/or one master class) plus travel and accommodation (up to 1.000 Euro).
  • two free registrations to LIVES 2019 (core congress and/or one master class).
  • three free registrations to LIVES 2019 (core congress and/or one master class) plus travel and accommodation (up to 1.000 Euro) supported by an unrestricted research grant from Nestlé.

One ISF Abstract Award
The ISF Abstract Award includes a free registration to LIVES 2019 (core congress and/or one master class) plus travel and accommodation (up to 500 Euro).

Instructions for Abstract Preparation

Please read the instructions carefully before starting to submit your abstract. All abstracts must be submitted in English and must be submitted electronically. Therefore, no paper abstracts will be accepted. Abstracts not prepared correctly will not be considered for reviewing.

To ensure that the Abstract Submission System will work properly, the pop-up blocker of your internet browser needs to be turned off and cookies should be enabled. Abstract authors should not split data to create several abstracts from one data set. If splitting is deemed to have occurred, scores of related abstracts may be reduced or abstracts simply rejected.

Review Process

The submitted abstracts will be examined anonymously by the ESICM Congress Committee. The authors will be informed of acceptance/rejection of their abstract by e-mail in the end of June 2018. All abstracts selected for presentation at the Congress will be either presented as oral or poster presentation and will be published in the relevant publications.

Abstract Categories

1. Acute Kidney Injury and haemofiltration

1.1. Acute Kidney Injury clinical studies

1.2. Acute Kidney Injury experimental studies

1.3. Acute Kidney Injury monitoring

1.4. Haemofiltration

2. Acute respiratory failure and ventilation

2.1. Acute respiratory failure clinical studies

2.2. Acute respiratory failure experimental studies

2.3. Acute respiratory failure monitoring

2.4. Artificial airways and complications

2.5. Mechanical ventilation clinical studies

2.6. Mechanical ventilation experimental studies

2.7. Mechanical ventilation monitoring

2.8. Non-invasive ventilation

3. AIDS, haematologic-oncologic issues in the ICU

4.Cardiac arrest

4.1. Cardiac arrest clinical studies

4.2. Cardiac arrest experimental studies

5. Cardiovascular issues in ICU

5.1. Cardiovascular clinical studies

5.2. Cardiovascular experimental studies

5.3. Cardiovascular monitoring

6. Critical care organisation, quality management, outcomes

6.1. Critical care organisation, quality management and cost issues

6.2. Critical care outcomes

6.3. Critical care severity-of-disease scoring systems

7. ICU information systems

8. Imaging in intensive care

9. Infections and prevention

10. Sepsis

10.1. Sepsis clinical studies

10.2. Sepsis experimental studies

10.3. Sepsis monitoring

11. Metabolism, endocrinology, liver failure and nutrition

11.1. Metabolism, endocrinology and nutrition clinical studies

11.2. Metabolism, endocrinology and nutrition experimental studies

11.3. Metabolism, endocrinology and nutrition monitoring

11.4. Liver failure

12. Neurointensive care

12.1. Neurointensive clinical studies

12.2. Neurointensive care experimental studies

12.3. Neurointensive care monitoring

13. Nursing care and physiotherapy

14. Paediatrics

15. Perioperative clinical studies

15.1. Perioperative clinical studies

15.2. Perioperative monitoring

16. Poisoning/Toxicology /Pharmacology

17. Sedation, analgesia and delirium

17.1. Sedation, analgesia and delirium: clinical studies

17.2. Sedation, analgesia and delirium: experimental studies

18. Systemic diseases

19. Transfusion and haemostasis disorders

20. Trauma

20.1. Trauma clinical studies

20.2. Trauma experimental studies

21. Ethics

21.1. Ethics and end of life care

21.2. Brain death, organ donation and transplantation

General Instructions

  • Abstracts must be submitted in English and should not exceed 3000 characters.
  • Images and tables may be included in the abstract.
  • Do not submit abstracts reporting data already published.
  • Abstracts should be as informative as possible and should adequately be ordered in the following structure:
  • All accepted abstracts will be presented in e-poster form. A limited number of accepted abstracts will also be selected by the Scientific Committee for oral presentation. Instructions for e-poster and oral presentation will be sent to the corresponding authors after the review process.
  • Preference will be given to new and/or ongoing work.
  • Abstracts are to be submitted using the online Abstract Submission System only. ESICM does not accept submission of abstracts by mail, fax or email
  • Abstracts should not contain proprietary or confidential information.
  • The presenting author of an accepted abstract must be registered to the Congress.


  • Submission of an abstract constitutes a formal commitment by the author to present the abstract in the session and at the time decided upon by the Congress Committee. One of the co-authors can take over if needed. Failure to present the abstract, for other than duly motivated reasons, will lead to rejection of abstract submission at the next ESICM Congress.
  • Registration fees for the presenting author will not be waived.
  • It is the authors' responsibility to submit abstracts in perfect order with no errors in spelling and grammar. Abstracts will not be corrected.
  • ESICM does not accept case reports.
  • The authors agree that ESICM will publish abstracts in Intensive Care Medicine and record the presentation for subsequent use as it deems appropriate.
  • The signing author certifies that any work with human or animal subjects related in this abstract complies with the guiding principles for experimental procedures as set forth in the Declaration of Helsinki and related publications.
  • Submitting an abstract also certifies that at the time of submission, the scientific material found within the abstract has not been presented at any other meeting and will not be published in other than abstract form prior to the ESICM Annual Congress.

Failure to adhere to these rules will result in the automatic rejection of the abstract.