Abstract Guidelines

We invite all interested Scientists to submit abstracts for presentation at the 55th VIRTUAL ANNUAL MEETING OF THE EUROPEAN DIABETES EPIDEMIOLOGY GROUP (EDEG) from 26 to 27 APRIL 2021. Corresponding authors must fill out the contact form and follow the guidelines. Junior Researchers will be prioritized. Abstracts, that are not prepared according to Guidelines, will not be considered. Submission deadline of Abstracts is Sunday, 31 January 2021

Please do note that it has been decided not to extend the Submission Deadline


1. Abstracts must be written in English.

2. Abstracts must be attached as a Word file on the required field of submission system.

3. Each Abstract, including title, authors’ names and institutional affiliations, should be of maximum 400 words and text must be fully-justified. Each table or figure will count for 50 words (included in the 400).

4. Please use Arial Font 10 for the entire Abstract. The text of the summary should be structured in separate, single-spaced between paragraphs.

5. Please divide up your abstract text using the headings:



Results, and


6. For the Abstract’s TITLE, please use Bold ALL CAPITAL letters and full justification. Please avoid using abbreviations.

7. Authors’ names should appear in Bold font below the title of the abstract in lowercase and must be given in full. Surname Name first with first letter Capital. Please, underline the name of the presenting author who has been registered for and will attend the Meeting.

8. The official title of the institutional affiliations and the city/town should be provided on a new line below the authors’ names in lowercase letters. If more than one institution, please separate by using superscript arabic numerals (1,2,3).

9. Only one (1) submitted abstract may have the first or same presenting author. If the same team of authors wishes to submit more than one 1 abstract, it is necessary to indicate a different presenting author, who needs to be registered at the Meeting.

10. Words should not be split at end of line. Please write word in full on new line.

Abstracts may include images, diagrams and tables. For column alignment please use Tabs instead of whitespaces.

11. The abstract file must be saved to your computer first. For filename please use Latin characters only and do not insert spaces between words.

12. All submissions will be reviewed and notifications will be sent out by the 15th of February 2021.

13. It is necessary to indicate the preference of presenting:

Oral or e-Poster Presentation.

Sample abstract
An Abstract example follows for illustrative purposes only:


Ulf Ekelund1, Ken K Ong2, Yvonne M Linn3, Martin G Neovius3, Soren Brage1, David D Dunger2, Nicholas J Wareham1, Stephan Rossner3

1 MRC Epidemiology Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom ; 2 University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom and 3 Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Background: Rapid postnatal weight gain predicts later obesity and other adverse outcomes. However, it is unclear whether the critical period of postnatal weight gain in relation to later obesity is during infancy or childhood. We therefore compared the relationships between infancy versus childhood weight gain on obesity risk at age 17 years.

Methods: In the Stockholm Weight Development Study (SWEDES), a prospective birth cohort study, we studied 248 (103 males) singletons who had height and weight measured at birth and annually until age 6 years. Weight gain was assessed by calculating changes in weight SD score in infancy (between 0-2 years) and in childhood (between 3-6 years).  At 17 years, fat mass (FM), and fat free mass (FFM) were measured by-air displacement plethysmography.

Results: Both infancy and childhood weight gain independently predicted greater BMI, waist circumference, FM, percent body fat, and FFM at 17 years (all P<0.001). Infancy weight gain also predicted taller height at 17 years (P<0.001). Rapid weight gain, defined as an increase in weight SD score greater than 0.67 SD, was more common during infancy (26.6% of all children) than during childhood (8.8%).

Conclusions: Both infancy and childhood weight gain independently predicted obesity risk at age 17 years. Rapid weight gain was more common during infancy (catch-up) and also predicted taller adult height. Rapid infancy and childhood weight gain appear to be different processes, and may allow separate opportunities for early intervention against later obesity risk.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Meeting’s Secretariat should you need any additional clarifications or may you have any queries.