Communicating in science is an important aspect of research work. Without it, dissemination of new ideas and findings will remain in the dark. Without communication, it’s impossible to achieve recognition in the medical and scientific communities. The word moves quickly on social media, and today’s young scientists have a lot of media skills. Yet again, personal communication and actually presenting your work remains important. For a long time, the format of scientific presentation has been stable – slide/powerpoint presentation and talking behind the reading desk. However, the ambiance is changing. Modern times require short, precise and personal communication with possibility to interact. In response to this we examine new ways of communicating plastic surgery and we introduce the ERC Talk. The idea is that you have a single slide – your visual abstract – a microphone and no restricting desk between you and the audience. We encourage you to move around and freely share your ideas and interact with the audience around you. We will also encourage the audience to interact with you during the talk.

Of course, we also stick to the classic scientific presentations.

Research is fun and we researchers should be in the lead of defining how to communicate our data!

SO, now it’s time to sharpen your pencils and start computers and submit your abstract to 8th Euraps Research Council meeting in Helsinki Finland, 22-23 May 2019.

Your sincerely
Virve Koljonen Susanna Kauhanen


Maximum care should be given to writing your abstract. Please read carefully the following guidelines, designed to standardize the abstract submission procedure. Abstracts that do not meet these criteria will not be accepted.


Studies in all areas of Plastic Surgery research – basic science, translational science and clinical research – will be considered suitable for presentation: all types of reconstructions, congenital malformations, aesthetic surgery, burns, traumas, flaps, microsurgery, quality of life and safety and effectiveness of treatments. To achieve a balanced final program, papers will be divided into categories, and abstracts should be prepared accordingly. Maximum length 300 words.

The purpose of the investigation should be clearly stated and results must be supplied. Abstracts should be uniformly written giving a title and using the following headings for the body text:

  1. Introduction
  2. Materials/Patients and Methods
  3. Results
  4. Conclusion

Names, addresses, institutions must not appear in the text, penalty the exclusion



Tissue engineering is a popular topic in peripheral nerve repair. Combining a nerve conduit with supporting cells appears to offer an opportunity for improved clinical outcomes, which have been poor to date. e aim of this study was to provide a broad overview over the most interesting and promising transplantable cells under equal experimental conditions over a long term period.

1 Mio. of each of the following cell types were introduced into biodegradable fibrin conduits: rat adipose-derived stem cells (rASCs), Schwann cell (SC)-like differentiated rASC (drASC), rat SCs (rSCs), human (h-)ASCs from the superficial and deep abdominal layer as well as human stromal vascular fraction (SVF). e sciatic nerve injury model was used creating a 10mm gap in the le nerve of female Sprague Dawley rats (7 groups of 7 animals, 8 weeks old) and was bridged through this conduit. As a control we re-sutured a 10mm cut nerve segment backwards as an autograph. Long-term evaluation was carried out after 12 weeks in a multimodal manner comprising walking track and morphometric, as well as MRI analysis. e Sciatic Function Index (SFI) was calculated with the help of a functional evaluation tool. Moreover, cross-sections of the nerve proximal, distal and in between the two sutures, corresponding to the former gap, were analyzed. Furthermore gastrocnemius muscle weights between groups were compared and in addition imaging analysis (MRI) was performed.

MRI revealed muscle atrophy across all groups and proved biodegradation of the fibrin conduit. Correlating trends throughout the different evaluation techniques could be shown: Superficial human ASC supported regeneration better than deep, in line with published in vitro data. SC-like drASC had the best regeneration potential when compared to the other adipose tissue derived cells.

We compared the most interesting transplantable cells in peripheral nerve repair, analyzing them in a multimodal manner comprising functional and morphometric, as well as MRI analysis. In conclusion, particularly differentiated ASCs could be a clinically translatable route towards new methods to enhance peripheral nerve repair.



Abstract submission is open to all plastic Surgeons, including young residents in training and fellow researchers.

Language and Format

Abstracts must be submitted in English, correctly spelled and carefully checked. Text must be single-spaced, and not exceed 300 words.


Abstracts must be submitted online via the ERC website by 10.3.2019.



After submission, the ERC Committee will perform an anonymous evaluation and review of the abstracts. Emphasis in the review process will be put on innovativeness and quality of the research, sound and relevant use of methods and analysis of the data. Abstracts that meet the requirements are accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting, either as a 10 minutes presentation or as a ERC Talk. Information regarding acceptance/refusal of the abstracts will be issued before annual meeting.

Accepted Abstracts

The person whose name appears as “first author” will be presenting the submitted abstract. Onsite substitution of absent first authors by co-authors, or other participants to the meeting, will not be possible.

Multiple Submissions

EURAPS website accepts up to two (n. 2) abstracts per first author, however in case both abstracts pass review and make it to the final program, the author will choose one of the two abstracts. The second abstract will be automatically presented by the next co-author available. Attempts of submission after 2 abstracts will be rejected.


EURAPS has a strict policy against plagiarism, and has implemented software that verifies authenticity and originality of papers. Multiple submissions of the same abstracts with different authors, different titles, in different categories, submission of abstracts with similar texts, are strictly forbidden and will be immediately identified and lead to complete exclusion of the abstract(s) from further evaluation and complete exclusion of the author(s) from future EURAPS Meetings.

In accordance with EURAPS by-laws, authors are requested to be sensitive to, and show respect for, ethnic, cultural, religious, and gender diversity.



For the 30th ERC annual meeting, authors of accepted abstracts are asked to submit their presentation in powerpoint or keynote format, the slide center at least two hours prior to their session. The use of personal computers/mac is not permitted. In case of any videos embedded within the presentations, authors are requested to bring the original source files in addition to their presentation. The slides should be prepared in 16:9 format, and EURAPS/ERC recommends the use of the international system of units (si) as the official measurement system. Authors are invited to come to the preview as soon as they arrive, to check the functioning of the presentation and videos upfront, and avoiding unnecessary time pressure.


This year we will have two types of presentations. The reviewing committee will decide which type of presentation the accepted abstract is suited for. First, classical scientific presentation with maximum allocated time for presentation is of 10 minutes with 4 minutes of discussion. Speakers must adhere to the given minutes, as the presentation will be stopped as soon as the time is up. Secondly, we introduce the ERC Talk, that will explore a fast lane type of communicating in science. Presenters are required to share their study using just one slide – prepared as a visual abstract -and they have 4 minutes to communicate their research. Below are internet sites to help with the preparation of the visual abstract.


A preliminary program will be issued prior to the Annual Meeting. Authors can check the ERC website at this time to view the date and time of their presentation.