Abstract Submissions Open

30 August 2019

Abstract Submissions Deadline

Closed midnight 18th December

Notification of Acceptance

06 March 2020

Call for Abstracts


The abstracts must be submitted through the online system by click the “Submit Abstract” button above before the extended deadline of midnight 15th December 2019.


Only contributions from registered participants will be published. One author at least per submitted paper must be registered for the Colloquium; abstracts for which no authors have registered will not be included in the abstracts book.


Each presenting author may submit a maximum of 5 abstracts. Contributions will be reviewed by scientific sub committees. Instructions for poster or oral presentation will be included in the notification of acceptance.


Condition of Acceptance

  1. Authors should ensure that the abstracts are written in acceptable standard English.

  2. Please note that errors in the text will not be corrected; the content and literary standard of submitted abstracts is under the author’s responsibility.

  3. All abstracts will initially be reviewed, graded and accepted or rejected by the sub committees: they reserve the right to determine whether a submission is accepted as oral or poster presentation, or if it has to be set in another session. Notification of acceptance will be sent by March, 6  2020.


Guidelines for abstract preparation

  1. Titles should clearly identify the contents of the abstract

  2. Abstracts cannot exceed 300 words.

  3. Please ensure the correct author is ticked as the presenting author.

  4. Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed.


The abstract should contain the following:

  1. Title

  2. Authors

  3. Affiliations

  4. An introductory sentence indicating the purpose of the study

  5. A brief description of methods

  6. A summary of new and unpublished data

  7. A conclusion


The following will not be permitted in the abstract submission

  1. No images are accepted.

  2. No bibliography.

  3. No tables or graphs.



  1. Diagnostics and detection

  2. Host response and immunology

  3. National Control programme

  4. Pathogenomics, Genotyping and Map diversity

  5. Epidemiology and Economics

  6. Public health and Map in the environment


Abstract submission

The abstracts must be submitted through the online system closed midnight 18th December 2019.


Please see descriptions of the abstract themes below.

National Control Programme theme
This theme invites abstracts from researchers and programme managers and seeks to address any aspect of control programmes, such as the design, management and evaluation of programmes including methods for managing programme expectations, measuring motivations for programme engagement and compliance and lessons learnt on how to achieve effective Johne’s control.  The scope of this theme includes the topics of stakeholder engagement and knowledge transfer innovations.


Diagnostics and Detection
The Scientific Subcommittee for the themed session on Diagnostics and Detection invites submitted abstracts on all aspects of this topic including: diagnostic test application and evaluation, matrix evaluation, novel diagnostic test development and evaluation, diagnostic test validation, investigation of novel diagnostic biomarkers, assessment of novel antigens. 

Epidemiology and Economics
Abstracts should be sent to this stream if they deal with the epidemiology of paratuberculosis infection; the impacts of that infection in terms of animal or herd-level production; and/or the economic impacts of infection or control measures.

Host Response and Immunology Theme.
This theme invites abstracts that relate to any aspect of the innate or acquired immunological host response to M. avium subsp., paratuberculosis.  These can include, but are not necessarily limited to, responses from any host species, the immunological responses to experimental and field vaccines, variation in immunological response to different Map strains, immunological correlates of disease outcome, and factors that influence immune responses to Map


Pathogenomics,  Genotyping and Map diversity
The Pathogenomics, Genotyping  and MAP diversity sub-theme will consider abstracts in the following areas:

  • Application of MAP genomics to transmission studies

  • ‘Omics’ investigations of pathogen biology

  • Exploration of host-pathogen interactions

  • MAP evolutionary studies


Public Health and MAP in the environment
Abstracts will be considered by the Public Health and MAP in the Environment Sub-Committee, for oral or poster presentation, on the following topics: 

  • Studies reporting new evidence for/against the involvement of MAP in human disease;  

  • Studies reporting the occurrence of viable MAP in animal-derived foods or environmental sources (drinking water, rivers, other) that were carried out to assess risk of human exposure to MAP;  

  • Studies describing environmental monitoring for MAP at farm level; 

  • Studies describing temporal and spatial distribution of MAP outside the farm environment and/or survival mechanisms used by MAP to persist in the environment; 

  • Studies describing methods capable of reducing MAP contamination on pasture or in slurry at farm level.

  • Studies principally describing development of new detection methods for MAP, or validating new methods for detection of MAP in milk, should not be submitted to this Sub-Committee, but should instead be submitted to the Diagnostics and Detection Sub-Committee for consideration.

Please contact icp2021@abbey.ie if you have any questions