Abstract submission is now open. Access the abstract submission system. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 18 January 2019.

The Scientific and Organising Committee encourages all researchers and practitioners to consider contributing to the programme by submitting abstracts for poster or platform presentation at the congress.

Further information in relation to abstracts and bursaries may be found in the menus below.

Please contact the Congress Secretariat at abstracts@epilepsycongress.org with any queries.

  • Adult Epileptology
  • Basic Sciences
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Comorbidities
  • Drug Therapy
  • Epidemiology
  • Epilepsy in the elderly
  • Epilepsy in severely resource-restricted settings
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Genetics
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neurostimulation
  • Paediatric Epileptology
  • Psychiatry
  • Social Issues/Nursing
  • Status Epilepticus
  • Terminology and Classification
  • Women’s Issues
  • Others


Bursary application submission is NOW OPEN.

In order to encourage young researchers to participate in the 33rd International Epilepsy Congress 2019, bursaries will be awarded to a number of applicants who have submitted an abstract to the congress that stands out for its scientific quality.

Bursary awards assist awardees with costs in order to attend the congress, which may include registration, travel and accommodation.

Applications for bursaries will only be accepted from those who also submit an abstract.

The online abstract submission system is now open.

Please CLICK HERE to submit your abstract and bursary application now!

Requirements and Conditions

  • Applications for bursaries will only be accepted via the online abstract submission system for the 33rd IEC 2019
  • At the time of application, the applicant must be 45 years of age or under. A copy of the applicant’s passport must be included with the application to verify date of birth.
  • The applicant may not have received a bursary to participate in an ILAE/IBE congress over the past four years.
  • The applicant must submit a short statement explaining why attendance at the IEC would be particularly relevant to his/her present appointment or activity in the field of epilepsy, making sure to indicate the reason he/she requires funding to attend the congress and why he/she feels the application should be considered.
  • The applicant must declare if he/she has sourced any other funding to attend the IEC and disclose the nature of the funding.
  • The applicant must submit a signed reference from a person supporting his/her application (e.g. local ILAE Chapter representative, Head of Department of hospital or institution, etc.)
  • Once accepted, in order to receive the allocated bursary, the accepted applicant must attend a minimum of 8 sessions during the congress.

For any queries in relation to bursary applications for the 33rd IEC, please contact IEC2019@epilepsycongress.org.



How do I submit an abstract?

The abstract submission system is now open. Please submit your abstract HERE. 


Can I make changes to my abstract after submission?

Once the abstract submission deadline has passed, changes are not permitted unless they relate to the results of the study, in this case only, please contact: abstracts@epilepsycongress.org.


Can I submit an abstract after the deadline?

Please contact abstracts@epilepsycongress.org.


Can an Encore Abstract be submitted?

Yes an Encore Abstract can be submitted providing that there is no copyright issue with the original publisher.


When will I know if my abstract has been accepted?

Authors will be notified of the outcome of the abstract review by March 2019.


How will I receive the information from the Congress Secretariat?

Contact details provided at the time of submission will be used for all correspondence related to the congress. Please ensure that the correct details are entered.

All correspondence will be sent to the submitting author only. It is the responsibility of the submitting author to forward any relevant correspondence to the presenting author, if different.


How will my abstract be presented at the congress?

Authors of abstracts which have been accepted for presentations will receive all details by email, a few weeks before the congress, using the contact details provided at the time of submission.


My colleague has received confirmation of their abstract acceptance and I did not, is there something wrong?

There may be a problem with your email address, therefore please contact abstracts@epilepsycongress.org.


Will my accepted abstract be published?

Abstracts accepted for presentation at the 33rd IEC will be considered for publication in Epilepsia.  Those judged suitable by the editorial team based on novelty and scientific impact will be published electronically. Others may be accepted for presentation at the meeting but will not be published.


Will e-posters be available at the congress?

E-posters are not available at the congress.


Do posters have to stay up for the duration of the congress?

Posters will be rotated on a daily basis.


Can I include videos beside my poster?

AV equipment is not provided by the congress. If you wish to order any specific equipment to complement your poster, please contact the Congress Secretariat in order to receive a quotation.


Which reference number should I use when I send a query to the Congress Secretariat?

The personal ID Reference Number that you received when you submitted your abstract should be mentioned in all correspondence.

I am not the first author; can I present the poster on behalf of my colleagues?

Presentation by a second author may be allowed. Once your registration has been completed, please contact abstracts@epilepsycongress.org. Please note however that each author is permitted to present only once during the congress (not including invited lectures).

Can the presenting author pay one-day registration fee (for the day when the poster is displayed)?

No. Once an abstract has been approved, the presenting author must register for the entire congress for final acceptance. An abstract presenter may not register as a day delegate. Non-registered authors may be excluded from publication.

I am an invited speaker in the congress programme; do I need to submit an abstract?

Invited speakers are not required to submit abstracts to illustrate their talks.

I have been selected for a platform session but I would have preferred a poster presentation, what can I do?

During the abstract submission process you were asked if you would prefer poster or oral (platform) presentation, or if you do not have a preference.

The Abstract Review Committee (ARC) took this preference into account and did not select an abstract for platform presentation if the submitter indicated that s/he does not want a platform presentation.

However, if you indicated that you had no preference between poster and platform presentation, then the ARC has selected your work to be presented in a platform session because they felt that it was of high quality and that a large audience would be interested in knowing more about the study. It would be a shame not to use this opportunity to present your work! However if you are unable to make an oral presentation please contact the secretariat at abstracts@epilepsycongress.org for alternative arrangements.

How do I find information about posters?

All information relating to posters is available on the poster information page.



Poster Presentation Guidelines

To view poster presentation guidelines, please click here.

Poster Display Dates

Posters will be rotated on a daily basis. Posters will be on display on either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Presenters will be notified of the day their posters will be on display.

Presenters must be at their posters between 13.30 and 15.00 on the day of display.

Set Up and Removal Times

Posters must be set up between 09.00 and 09.30 on the day of display. Materials to affix posters to the boards will be provided.

Posters may be taken down between 16.30 and 17.00 and must be removed on the day of display. The congress will not be held responsible for any posters that are left behind.

Location of the Poster Area

The poster area is TBC

Poster Board Size


Poster Number (P Number)

All poster presenters will receive a poster number e.g. p444. This will be used onsite for the poster board number.

This poster number will also be referenced in the Final Programme, where the title of the abstracts and the authors’ details will be mentioned, as well as on the congress website, where all abstracts will be published.

For any queries, please contact abstracts@epilepsycongress.org.