Free Communications

11th EEHNC: Call for abstracts

Abstracts should deal with experimental studies on equine nutrition or with cases providing novel insights or hypotheses, with relevance to equine health or performance. Confirmed themes of the congress will be 'Fibre first' and 'The importance of Ration evaluation?'. In addition, an accepted poster abstract related to the validation of "in-vitro systems for assessing equine gastrointestinal tract health" may also be invited for an oral presentation in a special meeting (morning) that is only open to researchers & PhD students working on this topic (Thursday March 23rd 2023).

A call for abstracts will be open from October 3rd until November 25th , 2022. Following some late enquiries, we have decided to extend the Abstract deadline to December 20th. Abstract submission is done through EasyChair.

All abstracts will initially be submitted for Poster Presentations. A limited number of abstracts will be invited for oral presentations:

A maximum of 3 abstracts will be selected for a short oral presentation during the congress programme. One of these selected abstracts will be awarded with the Free Communication award.

COVID-19 remark: as of yet it is unclear how and to what extent the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the intended 11th EEHNC set-up. Therefore, we ask authors who would like to contribute to our congress, to follow up on announcements on this website and not submit their abstract before October 3rd. This will allow the organization to change the set-up of the Free Communication session if needed or alternatively adapt procedures in such way that they will be optimized for online presentation.

Abstract format

The 11th abstract submission format is similar as the format from the 9th EEHNC.

Submissions will be open from October 3rd 2022 until 25th November 2022.


The abstract should be delivered as a WORD document.

Page margins should be set at 2.5 cm from the left margin, 2.5 cm from the right margin, 2.5 cm from the top and 2.5 cm from the bottom. All texts should be prepared in Times (New Roman) with font size 12. The abstract may contain a maximum of 375 words / 2000 characters (no spaces) – from Background to end of Conclusion - excluding references. The use of references is optional but should be kept to a minimum. The abstract must be constructed using the following sections: The abstract should include a title, authors, affiliations, hypothesis/objectives, material and methods, results, conclusions, funding statement, references.

The abstract title should be printed in bold and with font size 14, followed by authors (Italic and font 12). The presenter of the abstract should be underlined. Between authors and the affiliations (Italic and font 9.5) the corresponding author’s e-mail (Italic and font 9.5) should be added. References should also be in font 9.5. The abstract text should be in font 12 - all single line spacing.

Please, follow the example below for lay-out:



Corresponding e-mail


Background: A brief explanation of why the study was performed. Hypothesis/Objectives (research question): A statement of the principal hypothesis tested/research question addressed in the study, a brief statement of the major objectives, or both. Authors may select one preferred subheading (hypothesis or objectives)

Methods: A concise description of the number of animals used in the study. Including the breed/population from which the animals were drawn and any special animals characteristics (e.g., disease status if relevant). In case of studies not involving animals please specify technique(s)/procedure(s). A statement of overall study design (e.g., randomized, blinded, placebo- controlled clinical trial; retrospective study) and principal interventions or methods should also be included. The statistical analysis should also be included.

Results: Concise statement of important results including numerical description of critical variables and statement of statistical significance. Figures and Tables should not be included.

Conclusions: A summary of conclusions based on results of the study and statement of nutritional and/or clinical importance of these conclusions for equine science or equine practice. The results should not be restated.

Funding Statement: This study was supported by/funded by/ self funded / in collaboration with……


Abstract Submission

The 11th EEHNC call for abstracts will be open from October 3 - November 25

Abstracts submissions for the 11th EEHNC need to be done through EasyChair in WORD format. Please click the link below and follow the instructions for creating an EasyChair account. After account creation follows the steps to submit your abstract for the 11th EEHNC.

Submissions for the 11th EEHNC will only be considered from the submission deadline: November 25th 2022.

The author notification date is rescheduled from December 23rd, 2022 to January 16, 2023. If you need an early quick review in relation to acceptance, please contact the congress secretary David van Doorn via Submissions will also be managed by Dr Andrea Ellis.

General procedures, terms and conditions

Please submit your abstract by uploading it via EasyChair in WORD format.  The decisions of the scientific committee are final.

An accepted abstract, submitted before the submission deadline, allows access to the congress for the early bird registration fee.

After submission, a notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent following review from independent referees.  When asked for revision of your Abstract please submit your revision by return to the request mail within 6 days of the request.

If the setup of the 11th EEHNC is not affected by Covid-19, all authors of accepted abstracts are expected to prepare a poster for the congress and to attend in person.  

This procedure may change if necessary due to possible Covid-restrictions at that time. This will be communicated as far in advance as possible.

We advise you to submit your abstract as soon as possible. Please indicate upon your submission if a quick revision is appreciated for allocating institutional budget for reimbursement of costs from your funding institute.

We encourage authors to ask a native English speaker to critically review their abstract prior to abstract submission. Unclear writing may lead to immediate rejection of your abstract.