Free Communications

10th EEHNC: No Call for abstracts

COVID-19 has unfortunately thrown a spanner in the works - the 10th edition of the EEHNC will be held in virtual sessions rather than a physical gathering.

Therefore, we have decided not to send out a call for abstracts for the 10th edition.

Especially for students who need opportunities to present their original research this year, we would kindly suggest to submit their work to the Equine Science Society (ESS) virtual meeting scheduled for June 1-4, 2021. The deadline for abstract submission for the ESS-symposium is Friday, February 12, 2021. Instructions for abstract preparation and electronic submission will soon be available on the ESS-website:

The below information is the general EEHNC abstract information, which unfortunately DOES NOT APPLY FOR THIS YEAR'S 10TH EDITION.

Abstracts should deal with experimental work on equine nutrition or with cases providing novel insights or hypotheses, with relevance to equine health or performance. The submission of abstracts dealing with the congress theme(s) is strongly encouraged.

This edition, an accepted 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 that is only open to researchers & PhD students working on this topic.

A call for abstracts will be open from October 5 until November 1, 2020. Abstract submission is done through Easychair.

All authors of accepted abstracts are expected to prepare a poster for the congress. In addition, a maximum of 3 abstracts will be selected for a short oral presentation during the congress programme. One of the selected abstracts for poster presentation will be awarded with the Free Communication award.

Abstract format

The 10th abstract submission format is similar as the format from the 10th EEHNC.


The abstract should be delivered as a PDF® 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). The abstract titles should be printed in bold and with font size 14. Please, follow the example below for lay-out; the abstract should include a title, authors, affiliations, hypothesis/objectives, material and methods, results, conclusions. The use of references is optional but should be kept to a minimum. The abstract must be constructed using the following subheadings:

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.

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.

Abstract Submission

The 10th EEHNC call for abstracts will be open from October 5 - November 1.

Abstracts submissions for the 10th EEHNC need to be done through Easy Chair. Please click the link below and follow the instructions for creating an Easy chair account. After account creation follow the steps to submit your abstract for the 10th EEHNC. Note that submissions for the 10th EEHNC will only be considered during the intended submission date: between October 5th and November 1st. If during this period you need a quick review, please contact the congress secretary David van Doorn via (For this edition, this is only possible from October 5th onwards).

General procedures, terms and conditions

An accepted abstract in the open session, submitted before the submission deadline, earns one reduced entry fee of 50% for the congress (this is only valid for the first 10 accepted abstracts; the reduction is not valid for the workshops and congress dinner).

Please submit your abstract by uploading it via Easychair. After submission, a notification of acceptance will be sent following a positive advice from independent referees.

If the setup of the 10th EEHNC is not affected by Covid-19, All authors of accepted abstracts are expected to prepare a poster for the congress. In addition, a minimum of 3 abstracts will be selected for oral presentation during the congress programme. One of the selected abstracts for poster presentation will be awarded with the Free Communication award.

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

TThe author notification date is scheduled December 23st, 2020 at the latest. Please indicate upon your submission if a quick revision is appreciated for allocating institutional budget for reimbursement of costs from your funding institute. We advise you to submit your abstract as soon as possible.

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