Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are invited for Free Communication (Oral), Platform Poster and Video Presentations for the ViSER Meeting 2014 being held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain on Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 November 2014. Abstracts are welcome on any topic relevant to vision and eye research; The deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday 1st October, 2014.

Abstracts should be submitted by the presenting author. Only one author per abstract can be nominated as the ‘presenting author’. Please note that all presenters (Free Communication, Poster and Video Presentations) must register for the Congress and pay the appropriate registration fee by the early bird deadline Friday 31 October 2014. It will be assumed any presenter not registered by this date has withdrawn their abstract from the programme.

Key Dates to Remember

- Abstract submission open: open on Monday April 28, 2014
- Abstract submission close: Tuesday October 7, 2014 (extended)
- Notification of abstract acceptance: 2-15 October 2014
- Congress registration open: Friday July 21, 2014
- Deadline for presenters to register: Friday October 31, 2014
- Early Bird registration close: Friday October 31, 2014

Preferred Presentation Format

Authors will be required to indicate the preferred presentation format when submitting an abstract.

Free Communication: if you wish for your abstract to be considered for Free Communication Oral presentation or Poster.

Poster Platform or e-Poster: if you wish for your abstract to be considered for a Poster presentation only.

Video: if you wish for your abstract to be considered for Video presentation.

Presentation Types

Free Communication Oral Presentations

Free Communications will be allocated 10 minutes – 8 minutes for presentation and 2 minutes for discussion. Abstracts not selected for Free Communications may be eligible for presentation as Poster Platform or e-Poster presentations.

Poster Platform / e-Poster

All poster presentations will be allocated 5 minutes – 3 minutes to verbally present their poster and 2 minutes for discussion. Presenters will be allowed a maximum of 5 PowerPoint/Keynote slides;

Video Presentations

Video presentations will be allocated 10 minutes – 7 minutes for presentation followed by 3 minutes for discussion. Authors must submit a written abstract via the online submission facility. Authors who are selected to present their work as Video Presentation will be required to submit the video to the Congress Secretarati at least 20 days prior to the Congress. Full instruction on the format and submission of video presentations will be provided to authors will be detailed within acceptance notifications sent to nominated presenting authors.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and will be selected using criteria such as:

Presentation of new research findings
Utilisations of new technology
Papers that challenge current thinking.


Abstracts may be submitted in the following areas of interest:

- Low Vision and Visual Rehabilitation

- Refractive Surgery
- Contactology

- Glaucoma

- Ophthalmic Nursing
- Ocular Motility, Strabismus, Amblyopia, Neuro Ophthalmology and Visual Therapy

- Visual Optics

- Psychophysics of Visual System

- Anterior Segment and Ocular Surface

- Vitreous and Retina

- Other

Awards and Prizes

During the Congress prizes will be awarded for the following:

- Best Free Communication

- Best Poster Platform/e-Poster

Call for Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is a three step process:

STEP 1: Preparing your abstract document

Download the abstract template by clicking here, save it to your desktop and complete your abstract using this template to ensure it is in the required submission format.

1. Length

The maximum of the main body of the abstract should be 1500 characters (i.e. excluding title, authors and institutions).

2. Structure

The abstract title should reflect the main content of the abstract while remaining as brief as possible; do not use abbreviations within the title.
Abstracts must be structured using one of the following formats; any abstracts not following the correct structure will not be accepted.

Structure of abstract for original research/systematic reviews:

- Introduction

- Methods

- Results

- Conclusion

Structure for abstract for case studies:

- Background

- Case

- Conclusion

3. Spelling and Grammar

All abstracts should be written in English, Spanish or Portuguese and thoroughly checked for spelling and grammar before submission.
Use standard abbreviations only; place any unusual abbreviations in brackets after the word appears for the first time within the body of the abstract, abbreviations may be used thereafter.

STEP 2: Submitting your abstract on the "Abstract Submission" section.

All fields on the abstract submission form must be completed

Abstracts should be submitted by the presenting author; only one author per abstract can be nominated the ‘presenting author’.
Submission of abstracts implies the author’s agreement to publish the abstract in the Congress program handbook and other meeting literature as applicable. Please note that submission of abstracts implies the author’s consent.

Presenter Terms and Conditions

Submission of your abstract/s implies you have read, understood and comply with the Presenter Terms and Conditions. These are available to view within the Presenter Portal (online submission facility) at the time of submitting your abstract.

Acceptance Notification

Acceptance or otherwise is at the discretion of the Scientific Committee. Notification will be sent to the presenting author by 2 to 15 October 2014. Full instructions for accepted presenters will be forwarded on acceptance of the abstract.

Abstract Presenter Registration

The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the Congress. Similarly, no presenter fee is paid to successful participants. The registration period will begin on Friday 20 June 2014 and all presenting authors must register once they receive the acceptance of communication and before October 31, so that communication can be included in the program.