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DC2020 abstract submission is now available!

The Scientific Program Committee welcomes the submission of abstracts for the 16th International Symposium on Dendritic Cells 2020 (DC2020) to be held at the Pullmans Cairns International, Cairns, Queensland, Australia from 11 – 15 October 2020. The DC2020 symposium will provide scientists and researchers with the opportunity to present, discuss and critique their investigations. If you are involved in DC research, we urge you to submit an abstract for presentation consideration. The oral and poster sessions will be designed around accepted abstracts.


Key Dates
29 January 2020 Abstract on-line submission site opens
11 April 2020 Deadline to submit an abstract to system
1 June 2020  Author notified of abstract submission outcome
11 July 2020  Author registration deadline

Abstract Submission

Submit your abstract before 11 April 2020.

Symposium Themes

  • DC Development & activation
  • Antigen presentation
  • Immunity to infection
  • Allergy/Autoimmunity/Transplantation
  • Tumour immunology
  • Barrier immunity

Modes of Presentation

At the time of submission, you will be asked to select your preferred mode of presentation. However, not all requests can be accommodated, and the final mode of your presentation will be selected by the Scientific Program Committee. Every effort will be made to honour poster only presentation requests. The DC2020 Symposium will include presentations in the following modes:

Oral Presentation

The number of Oral Presentations we can accommodate in the program is limited and will be selected by the Organising Committee in consultation with Session Chairs and/or the Scientific Program Committee. Selected presentations may be allocated to Symposia or Workshop sessions. Their duration will be advised to the presenters at the time of selection.

Poster Presentation

The Poster Presentations will be displayed on a poster board without any audio-visual equipment. Poster presentations will be allocated to specific sessions to be advised at the time of selection.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Step 1: Click the ‘Submit Abstract’ at: 

Step 2: You will be directed to the submission site to create an account. Once an account is created, please verify the account by clicking on the link provided via the account verification email sent to your nominated email address. (please note that you may take some time to receive the email)

Step 3: Log in to your account after it has been verified using your email address as username and nominated password. Click on the ‘Submit Abstract’ button to begin submitting your abstract.

Step 4: Type the title of your abstract in the ‘Abstract Title’ field and upload the body of your abstract as a file in .doc. or .docx. format. A template is available here. Do not include the title or author(s) details in the body of your abstract text.

Authors will be able to edit their profile, which was generated when an author account was created, by clicking on the ‘edit’ button under the Author(s) field section.

Complete all other required fields.

Please direct any questions to the DC2020 Symposium Managers

Abstracts Rules and Guidelines

  1. Individuals may only submit one abstract as the presenting author but may be listed as a co-author on multiple abstracts
  2. Presenters must disclose any potential conflict of interest
  3. The Organising Committee reserves the right to reject submitted abstracts and to reclassify abstracts submitted to a particular theme into a different theme.
  4. Abstracts must be submitted via the online abstract submission site. Faxes, photocopies or emailed copies will not be
  5. You must receive the approval of all co-authors before including their names on the abstract.
  6. Abstracts will be reviewed after the submission deadline of 11 April 2020. Presenters are not permitted to modify their abstracts after this date.
  7. You may withdraw your abstract at any time until 11 April 2020, without notifying DC2020, through the abstract submission site. Abstracts withdrawn after 11 April 2020, must be withdrawn using the ‘Contact Symposium Manager’ function via the abstract submission portal. Requests not submitted via the portal will not be considered


All presenters must agree to the following conditions when submitting an abstract:

  1. Affirm that any work with human or animal subjects reported in the abstract complies with the guiding principles for experimental procedures found in the Declaration of Helsinki of the World Medical Association, and the research project has been duly cleared by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Ethics Committee or an equivalent ethical body
  2. Abstracts will be made available in electronic format to meeting participants only.
  3. Agree to pre-register for the meeting and pay the appropriate registration fee by the presenter pre-registration deadline of 11 July 2020. Failure to pre-register by 11 July 2020 will result in the following:
    – The abstract will be automatically withdrawn from the Program Book and the Online Abstract System.
    – The submitter will not be allowed to present their abstract at the Symposium.

Preparing to Submit an Abstract

All abstracts must be submitted online via the DC2020 Symposium website

  1. Authors: Each author should be added separately to the submission to ensure proper listing. Enter first (given) name, last (family/surname) name, institution/affiliation and country for each author. Please do not list the department/branch in the institution/affiliation field. One person must be identified as the presenting author. DC2020 will only correspond with the presenting author so please ensure all contact details are correct. The order of the authors can be modified at any time prior to the abstract deadline.
  2. Abstract Text: Main abstract body should be submitted as a doc or docx file and not exceed 300 words. Do not include your title or authors in the uploaded file — these items will be collected separately. Do not include tables or figures.
  3. Special Characters: Special characters in the main body of the abstract or should be entered into the system using formatting functions in the submission system to avoid formatting
  4. Content of the Abstract: There are no specific requirements to organise the abstract.
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How do I know if my abstract was successfully received? If there are any incomplete steps, you will not be able to submit your abstract. You will be able to view a proof of your abstract when you click on the Submit button. You will also receive a confirmation email from the system following successful submission of your abstract.
  2. Is there a word limit imposed on abstract titles? Yes, abstract titles must not exceed 10 words.
  3. Is there a word limit imposed on abstract text? Yes, main abstract text must not exceed 300 words. The word count does not include the title, authors’ names or their affiliations.
  4. Can I change my selected theme after I complete my submission? Yes, you may return to your submission at any time prior to the abstract submission deadline to change the selected theme. Be sure to save your changes and resubmit your abstract.
  5. What is the abstract deadline? 11 April 2020 (11:59 p.m. AEST).
  6. Can I make changes to my abstract text after the deadline? No. No change is allowed after the deadline. 
  7. If I forget to add an author, can I do so after the abstract deadline? Yes, you can still add an author if necessary, by emailing the Meetings Managers. However, please make every attempt to add all authors during the abstract submission
  8. Can I submit more than one abstract presenter? DC2020 permits authors to submit one abstract only as a presenting author, but you may be listed as a co-author on more than one abstract. If you submit more than one abstract as a presenter, you will be asked to delete one of the submissions. If your response is not received, one of the submissions will be automatically removed.
  9. When I submit my abstract, how do I indicate my mode preference (oral or poster)? You will be asked to indicate your preference at the time of submission. While every attempt will be made to meet your preference, the number of abstracts that can be selected for oral presentation is limited. The Organising Committee makes the final decision regarding presentation
  10. Should I put the abstract title, authors and affiliations in the main text of my abstract? These items will be collected separately during the abstract submission process.
  11. Is there a limit on the number of co-authors that I can add to my abstract? No.