One of the missions of our society is to support innovation and scientific research in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. Although there is enough opportunity during our annual meetings to present data regarding the individual studies, less opportunity exists with regard to research projects as whole with preliminary results.

EACTS will organise a session for our young colleagues to present their projects and preliminary results.  The incentive is to create an opportunity for innovative work and thinking to be presented, and create a forum whereby new ideas could be exchanged and new cooperation’s forged.  The focus is the project as whole, its possible implications for our specialty and its future perspectives.

To stimulate our researchers to present their work we are pleased to announce the EACTS-AATS Foundation Academic Excellence Award at EACTS for the most promising and innovative project. This award is an initiative of two prominent cardiothoracic societies and is reflective of importance that the two societies adhere to innovation and research in our field.

We hereby would like to request, our members and colleagues around the world to submit their abstracts on ”work in progress” according to specific guidelines as shown below and apply for the EACTS-AATS Foundation Academic Excellence Award at EACTS. The deadline for submission of abstracts and application for the award is 31 July 2024. As the focus of this forum is the research project with preliminary results, the submission of related manuscript to EJCTS or ICVTS is not mandatory but possible.

The Award is upto $2,500.

Closing date: 31 July 2024

Eligibility Criteria

The first author should be a Trainee Member of EACTS

Applicants must submit an Work in Progress abstract (coming soon)

Instructions to Authors

Please follow the instructions below otherwise your abstract cannot be selected for review.

  • The first author should be a Trainee Member of the EACTS or applied for this.
  • The abstract language is English
  • The text should be not more than 500 words
  • The use of tables or graphs is NOT possible
  • The abstract must consist of six paragraphs labelled: Background, Projects aims and objectives, preliminary results, future perspectives, cooperation request and references:
  • Brief background, projects aims and objectives: ca 100 words
  • Preliminary results: ca 200 words
  • Future perspectives: ca 100 words
  • Cooperation request: ca 50 words
  • Maximum of 5 references including at least one published original manuscript reference with the presenter as the first author linked to the project.
  • The text and the title should be free from abbreviations, except those commonly used (e.g. LVEF, CABG, VSD, ASD etc).
  • The title of the abstract should NOT be printed in CAPITAL LETTERS.
  • There should be no more than 8 authors

Presentation Format

Your presentation should be prepared as a regular Presentation  and the winner announced during the Award Ceremony on Saturday 12 October 2024.