We are sensitive to the impact that the current COVID-19 pandemic is having. We are still planning to go ahead with #IP2020 in September, but it is likely that deadline for abstracts will be extended.

We are monitoring the situation closely & any updates will be posted here.


Submission Guidelines

Information Required Prior to Submitting

Although you can amend your submission up until the closing date, before submitting an abstract, it is useful to have the following information ready:
Abstract Details
Abstract format (Oral and/or Poster presentation)
Details of author & co-author(s)
First name
Last name
Email address (please ensure a valid email address is entered here - this is a mandatory field)
Main body of abstract (max 300 words)
Character count will vary depending on the application you are using. If you choose to copy and paste from another application (e.g. Word) this may affect the compatibility of the character count. If you experience difficulty when entering your abstract text please contact us.


Please use the following sub headings in your abstract:
1. Introduction
2. Methods
3. Results
4. Discussion

Format of Abstracts

Authors should summarise their work in no more than 300 words.
Use subheadings as indicated above and in the poster template.
Abstracts should be written in a narrative format, not solely as bullet points.
Abstracts should not include diagrams or references but may contain up to one table.
All places, organisations and people must be anonymised in the submitted abstract text.
Organism names should be presented using italics - first use should be genus name in full e.g. Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and any subsequent use should be upper case initial followed by a full stop and the species name e.g. M. tuberculosis.
It is your responsibility to ensure accurate grammar and spelling of the abstract. Poor grammar or spelling may mean that the abstract is rejected. Accepted abstracts may be edited prior to publication.
Posters may be photographed and used for promotional activity through outlets such as social media.
Authors and presenters are expected to adhere to best practice in presenting their work, ensuring that presentations are free from commercial bias and based on evidence accepted by our peers. In addition to this, you are asked to be sensitive to equality and diversity issues avoiding offensive language or terminology. The Infection Prevention Society must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in its educational activities. Therefore, all authors of abstracts are expected to declare, at the time of submission, any potential conflict of interest relevant to the presentation being given including any affiliation with companies. In addition please reproduce any conflicts of interest or state that there are none, on the poster or at the beginning of your slides if your abstract is accepted. If you are unsure as to what constitutes a potential conflict of interest relevant to the abstract, contact Fitwise Management Limited Email: ipsconf@fitwise.co.uk
Please ensure that the necessary information, consent and ethical approvals have been secured for your work. Please see instructions on the Journal of Infection Prevention (JIP) website for further details.
A prize will be awarded during the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony for the best oral and poster presentations. To be eligible for the poster prize, you must submit your poster PDF electronically by the deadline prior to conference.
Review Process - all abstracts are blind reviewed, any reviewer with a potential conflict of interest related to any abstract must declare this conflict and the abstract is passed to another reviewer.

Abstract Topics

Abstracts on all aspects of infection prevention and control are invited. However, research and service improvement reports in the following areas are particularly welcomed:
- Antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship
- Decontamination of equipment or environment
- Education and training
- Epidemiology and surveillance of HCAI
- Innovation in practice
- Outbreaks
- Preventing infections from invasive devices
- Standard precautions including hand hygiene
- Surgical Site Infections
If you are unsure which topic your abtract falls under, please select other or contact ipsconf@fitwise.co.uk

Poster Presentations

Submission Guidelines

If you are accepted as a poster presenter at Infection Prevention 2020 you will find the below information of use to you. Please bring your poster with you at the time of registration (view the registration page for timings). You should only email a PDF copy of your poster if you wish to be put forward for a poster talk/best poster. We will not have printing facilities onsite.

Poster Specification

All posters must be portrait and A0 in size (1189mm x 841mm) - landscape posters will not be displayed
You must declare any conflicts of intereston your poster
Posters are a representation of your submitted abstract. You may not amend the title after acceptance.

Poster Talk

To be considered for a poster talk you must submit your completed poster to IPS in a PDF format no later than 12 noon on Friday 11th September 2020.
These will be sent to the poster talk leads to select the posters they wish to hear a short talk on. You will be notified the week prior to conference if your poster has been selected as a poster talk.

What happens if I’m selected for a poster talk?

On day of the talk, poster talk presenters should make themselves known at the poster desk onsite. There are 3 poster talks taking place simultaneously, you will be shown the poster talk pod you will be speaking in and provided with the name of your poster talk lead. Your poster will be display on a large plasma screen behind you and you will have 3-5 minutes to talk about your poster, followed by time for questions. Poster talks are grouped by submission topic and you will be provided with the date and time of your poster talk upon notification you were successful.

Poster talk times:

Monday 28 September 18:15-18:45 (within the exhibition – Welcome Reception)
Tuesday 29 September 08:30-09:00 (in a session hall)

Best Poster Presentation Award

Everyone submitting a PDF of their poster by Friday 11th September 2020 will be sent to the judges. A short list of 5 - 10 posters will be decided prior to conference, shortlisted posters will be notified by email and a label will also be displayed by your poster. During conference the shortlisted posters will be judged, the winner will be announced at the final session of main conference. The prize is one free delegate registration place at Infection Prevention 2021.

Please note: By submitting a PDF copy of your poster, you are agreeing to be put forward for both a poster talk and the best poster award. To submit, please email: ipsconf@fitwise.co.uk by the date noted above.

2019 Winner

Use of improvement methodology to streamline infection prevention environmental audits to ensure patient safety by reducing the risk of transmission of infection from the environment.

Authors: Mrs Sue Horvath
Affiliation: Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
Poster Winner

Oral Presentations

Submission Guidelines

All submitted abstracts are reviewed by a panel including IPS Board Members, IPS SPC Members, IPS R&D Group Members and IPS Education Group Members. All abstracts are blind reviewed and the top scoring abstracts are put forward for an oral presentation. These abstracts are then reviewed by the IPS Scientific Committee and 12 abstracts are selected to be present at conference. Those selected to present an oral presentation will present as part of the conference programme. To view when oral paper sessions are taking place during conference, please view the programme page.

What happens if the abstract is selected as an oral presentation?

If the abstract is selected as an oral presentation you will be contacted with a date and time of the presentation. Presentations are 13 minutes long with 2 minutes for questions. Only one of the named authors may present and they must register as a paying delegate on the day they are presenting at a minimum. You will be asked for a copy of your presentation in advance of conference.
On the day of your presentation report to the speaker registration desk, located at the main registration area. You will be directed to the speaker preview room where you can view your presentation and make any amendments if required.

Best Oral Presentation Award

The 12 oral presentations will be adjudicated by 1 allocated person at conference and the winner will be announced at the final session of main conference. The winner will receive a certificate and a free place at Infection Prevention 2021.

2019 Winner

Monkeypox: A local response to a National incident

Authors: Mrs Sharon Mawdsley1, Dr Ruth Palmer1, Dr Peter Flegg1
, Dr Susan Richardson1, Dr Nick Harper1, Mrs Susan Houldsworth1,
Dr Meera Chand2, Dr Nick Phin2
Affiliation: 1Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,
2Public Health England

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