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Call for abstracts

30 January we will open a call for abstracts to XXXIX Nordic Congress in Clinical Chemistry addressing the topics stated below. Please submit your abstract of maximum 300 words no later than 15 April. 

Congress delegates are invited to submit abstracts of their work for presentation as a poster communication at the XXXIX Nordic Congress in Clinical Chemistry, 17-20 September 2024, Stockholm, Sweden. There will be two main abstract tracks for this congress: Scientific and Development and Improvements.  

Submissions of abstracts across the whole spectrum of clinical chemistry are welcome. During abstract submission you will be asked to select one topic from a list of categories that best describes the content of your abstract. The topics will be used for reviewing and indexing purposes, and assignment of poster display at the event. 


For the first time in the history of NCCC, we are proud to introduce the innovative abstract track of Development and Improvements. The imperative of refining laboratory operations cannot be overstated, as it plays a pivotal role in elevating efficiency, precision, and safety. The Development and Improvements track positions itself as a catalyst for positive change within laboratories by encouraging a mindset that values ongoing refinement, proactive adaptations to emerging challenges and enhancement of the overall capabilities of the laboratory. Here we take a step back from standard scientific publication format to make room for a broader perspective to harness the collective intelligence and experience of all within the clinical chemistry laboratory discipline. This to ensure the inclusion of all types of expertise to promote innovative solutions and practices.

We are also excited to announce that, in recognition of outstanding contributions, there will be awards for the best abstracts within each of the two main tracks of the conference – Scientific and Development and Improvements. This initiative aims to celebrate and encourage excellence in research and innovation.

The awards are as follows:

First Prize: €1000
Second Prize: €500

Abstract submission

Only abstracts for poster presentations can be submitted for NCCC 2024. To submit an abstract, use the presentation portal Appinconfs and follow the instructions given therein. Abstracts submitted in any other way will be rejected.

Submissions of abstracts across the entire spectrum of clinical chemistry are welcome. Abstracts will be accepted in two main tracks – Scientific and Development and Improvements.

Topics for Scientific track
  1.   Cardiovascular
  2.   Coagulation
  3.   Neurodegenerative diseases
  4.   Data science
  5.   Kidney
  6.   Liver
  7.   Hematology
  8.   Cancer
  9.   Addiction
  10.   Endocrinology and fertility
  11.   Mass spectrometry

Topics for Development and Improvements track
  1.   Laboratories in the future 
  2.   Career and competence 
  3.   Working environment /environment 
  4.   Development and Improvements
  5.   Clinical Chemistry throughout history  
  6.   Laboratory medicine in times of crisis

All contributions are grouped by track and topic. Authors are reminded of their responsibility to properly classify their abstracts. Topics will be used for reviewing and indexing purposes, and assignment of poster display at the event. We strive to accommodate the original preferences indicated in your abstract submission, but please note that we reserve the right adjust the track or topic of the submitted abstracts.

The Abstract Committee will review all received abstracts, and abstracts assessed to be of particular scientific interest will be given the opportunity of an oral presentation in one of the parallel poster sessions. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection of the abstract on 30th of May 2024. Sometimes, important emails might mistakenly end up in your spam folder. To ensure you don't miss out on important information, please review your spam folder regularly.

Abstract instructions: Scientific

Ensure that your abstract adheres to the following guidelines:

TITLE: The title should be a maximum of 150 characters. Be concise and clear while summarizing the main focus of your research.

BACKGROUND AND AIM(S): Present a concise introduction to the study's context and its objectives. Clearly state the problem or research question your study addresses.

METHODS: Describe the research methods employed, including data collection, experiments, analysis techniques and statistical methods. Do not withhold technical details that are essential to understand your approach.

RESULTS: Provide a straightforward presentation of your study's findings. Avoid vague phrases such as "results will be discussed." Use precise language to convey your outcomes.

CONCLUSIONS: Summarize the key insights derived from your study and their implications. Ensure that the conclusion is clear, concise, and supported by the presented results.

Comply with the 300-word limit for the abstract body, exclusive of the title, author names, and affiliations. Author names and affiliations must be entered as specified by the presentation portal. The text should be clear, concise, and written in proper English. The content cannot have previously been published in any peer reviewed academic journals.

Abstract instructions: Development and Improvement

Ensure that your abstract adheres to the following guidelines:

TITLE: The title should be a maximum of 150 characters. Be concise and clear while summarizing the main focus of your research.

NEED: Clearly describe the unmet need to motivate the study. Please note that the study can be a local improvement in your lab, however if the unmet need is known to be present elsewhere it should be stated.

APPROACH: Describe how the problem was addressed, with a relevant approach or method selected. Describe why you choose that approach.

BENEFIT: The result should be presented in a concise way and the benefit clearly demonstrated. If the results can have broader applications of use for other labs, please describe.

Comply with the 300-word limit for the abstract body, exclusive of the title, author names, and affiliations. Author names and affiliations must be entered as specified by the presentation portal. The text should be clear, concise, and written in proper English. The content cannot have previously been published in any peer reviewed academic journals.

Examples of themes for an abstract in the Development and Improvements track

Workflow Optimization: Routine workflows

  • Streamline and optimize laboratory processes to minimize unnecessary steps and reduce turnaround times.
  • Implement lean principles to eliminate waste in workflows.

Equipment Maintenance:

  • Establish a regular maintenance schedule for laboratory equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Implement a system for tracking equipment calibration and maintenance history.

Quality Control and Assurance:

  • Enhance quality control measures to ensure the accuracy and reliability of results.
  • Implement regular proficiency testing and internal quality assessments.

Data Management:

  • Upgrade data management systems to ensure efficient storage, retrieval, and analysis of data.
  • Implement data integrity protocols to prevent errors and ensure the accuracy of recorded information.

Safety Protocols:

  • Review and update safety protocols regularly.
  • Conduct regular safety training for laboratory personnel.
  • Implement and enforce proper waste disposal procedures.

Inventory Management:

  • Improve inventory tracking systems to avoid stockouts and overstock situations.
  • Implement a barcode or RFID system for efficient inventory control.

Training Programs:

  • Develop ongoing training programs for laboratory staff to keep them updated on the latest techniques and safety protocols.
  • Implement cross-training to enhance flexibility within the team. Task-shifting can be an improvement.
  • Student Ensuring a positive and supportive environment for students on placement not only contributes to their personal and professional development but also enhances the reputation of the institution or organization as a valuable learning environment.

Communication:

  • Establish effective communication channels within the laboratory team (Dr., Biomed. Scientists, chemists, laboratory engineers)
  • Implement regular team meetings to discuss ongoing projects, challenges, and improvements.

Energy Efficiency:

  • Evaluate and improve energy efficiency in the laboratory.
  • Implement measures to reduce energy consumption, such as using energy-efficient equipment and turning off equipment when not in use.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs):

  • Ensure that all laboratory procedures are documented in clear and updated SOPs.
  • Regularly review and update SOPs to reflect the latest best practices.

Sample Tracking:

  • Implement a robust sample tracking system to monitor the movement and status of samples throughout the laboratory process.
  • Use barcoding or RFID technology for accurate sample identification.

Waste Management:

  • Improve waste management practices, including proper disposal of hazardous materials.
  • Implement recycling programs where applicable.

Collaboration and Interdepartmental Communication:

  • Foster collaboration and communication between different laboratory departments.
  • Encourage information-sharing to improve overall efficiency and effectiveness.

Technology Integration:

  • Explore and implement new technologies that can enhance laboratory processes and data analysis.
  • Stay updated on advancements in laboratory technology and instrumentation.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Poster instructions

If your abstract is accepted, a poster should be submitted and presented at the congress. Poster presenters should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Use a poster size of 84 cm x 119 cm (A0) in portrait orientation (the poster wall dimensions are 99 cm x 138 (W x H))
  • Keep the text to a minimum.
  • To ensure optimal visibility, use a font size of 32 points or larger.
  • Feel free to incorporate images, graphs, and tables as needed. Please ensure that you have permission from the copyright holder in case you wish to use copyrighted material.
  • Ensure that the content on your poster follows a logical sequence.

Please note that electronic versions of the posters will not be provided. The congress organizers will supply pins for mounting the posters onto the poster wall.

Terms and Conditions

Authors are allowed to use their own material for educational purposes, as well as posting to the author’s website.  Later inclusion of the results in journal publications is generally accepted, but some top ranked journals may have different policies.

The presenting author is required to register as a congress delegate. You may be the presenting author on one poster only, but you can be co-author of several abstracts.

Upon submission, the submitting author verifies that all co-authors have approved of the content of the abstract. The submitting author will serve as corresponding author and is responsible for informing the co-authors about the status of the abstract.

Some important dates

Call for abstracts:
30 January, 2024 

Deadline for abstracts:
15 April, 2024 

Notification of acceptance:
30 May, 2024