IDEAL Conference 2021

We are pleased to announce the IDEAL 2021 conference on April 15-16 2021. We are looking forward to this interactive, virtual event and hope you will be able to attend.

When:                  15 and 16 April, 14.00-18.00 CEST (UTC+2).
Where:                 Virtual event

The IDEAL2021 Virtual Congress 15-16 April will bring together clinicians and researchers from all over the world. We will discuss the latest research methodology and developments for evaluating new surgical interventions and medical devices in a variety of clinical specialties. The program will include live plenary sessions, workshops, sandpit sessions and selected presentations from submitted abstracts.

Preregister now.  You can preregister for the IDEAL 2021 conference, by clicking here.

Abstracts   We invite you to send in your abstract now! Abstracts may involve studies on new surgical techniques, on research methodologies in surgical innovation, ethical aspects of innovation in surgery, research policy making and purchasing decisions. Abstracts will be accepted as a poster presentation or oral presentation. For more details on the conference and abstracts see our FAQs below.

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When will IDEAL 2021 be held? 15 and 16 April as an online event from 14:00-18:00 CEST (UTC +2).

Who is organizing IDEAL 2021? IDEAL 2021 is organized by the IDEAL Collaboration, an international group of surgeons and researchers in surgical sciences, associated with the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK and the Evidence-Based Surgery group led by Prof. Maroeska Rovers at the Radboudumc, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

What will be the conference fee? The conference fee is 75 euros.

What type of abstracts are suitable? Abstracts may cover a broad range of topics of research in the surgical sciences. They may include trials on new surgical techniques, studies on research methodologies in surgical innovation, policy making and purchasing decisions, ethical aspects of new surgical research.

What are the abstract guidelines? Use headings to structure the abstract: introduction, objective, methods, results, discussion/conclusion. List all co-authors and identify the presenting author by underlining this author. Use no more than 300 words for your abstract. Mention the IDEAL stage of the research if relevant. Finally, please disclose financial support in a separate box.

When is the abstract deadline? 17th January 2021.

How do I submit an abstract? Submit to  Please look at the abstract guidelines before sending in your abstract.

My abstract is selected for an oral presentation. How will this be arranged? All speakers will be asked to upload a video of their presentation before the conference. The presentations will be discussed in specific sessions during the conference. Attendees of these sessions will already have been given an opportunity to view the presentation beforehand. Your pre-recorded presentation must be no longer than 15 minutes. 

My abstract is selected for a poster presentation. How will this be arranged? All posters will be uploaded before the conference and available to view by virtual attendees at all times. There will be a possibility to discuss posters with the authors in specific time slots.

How can I receive updates concerning the conference? The latest information concerning the conference will be available on In addition, the twitter accounts (@IDEALCollab, @NlIdeal, #IDEAL2021) will post updates and conference details.

How can I contact IDEAL2021? Please send us an email via and we will address your questions as soon as possible.

We look forward to an inspiring virtual event on April 15 and 16 2021 and hope to see you there!

The IDEAL 2021 conference organising team 

The event is being hosted and organised by Maroeska RoversProfessor of Evidenced-Based Surgery at Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, Netherlands