Please fill in your Information. Fields marked with * are mandatory.

remember me
my profile
Contact Press Congress Login
Save the date: #otworld20
27 - 29 October 2020

The programme committee of the OTWorld 2020 world congress invites you to submit abstracts for free papers. Please submit your abstracts by 15 September 2019 at the latest.


Abstracts can only be submitted using the online form.

Deadline: September 15, 2019

Guidelines for submitting an abstract (online):

Submission Topics

Scientific/practical presentations or descriptions of case studies will be accepted on the following topics:

  • Prosthetics
  • Orthotics
  • Orthopaedic footwear technology/Pedorthics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation technology
  • Sports/Sports medicine
  • Biomechanics
  • Pediatric orthopaedics/Pediatric treatment
  • Open topics (Digitalization, developing countries, materials research, measuring technology, adapted technologies, etc.)


Scientific/practical contributions:

Title: 150 characters*
Summary: 300 characters*
Introduction: 1,000 characters*
Methods: 1,000 characters*
Results: 1,500 characters*
Conclusion: 1,000 characters*
*incl. spaces

Case studies:

Title: 150 characters*
Summary: 300 characters*
Introduction/basics: 1,000 characters*
Methods: 1,000 characters*
Implementation: 1,500 characters*
Conclusion: 1,000 characters*
*incl. spaces

Figures and tables

One image-file can be uploaded in JPG, PNG or GIF format; Word, Excel or PowerPoint format cannot be processed. Tables can be included by taking a screenshot of them and - if necessary - rotating the image by 90 degrees, such that the image is in upright format, aspect ratio 3:4 is best.

Formatting and restrictions

To ensure anonymity in the peer review procedure, the abstract may not contain any information on the authors, hospitals or institutions. No special text formatting may be used as we cannot guarantee that these formats will be correctly displayed in all types of publications. The abstracts should be free from spelling mistakes. Abbreviations within the abstract must be explained at the first use.

Presentation types

Contributions may be given orally or as an ePoster (with short lecture). The programme committee strives to assign submissions to the desired presentation type, but retains the right to allocate them to another type.


It is assumed that the first named author is the speaker.

The abstract must be assigned to a topic and a presentation type. The abstract may not have been previously presented at OTWorld.

Peer Review Procedure

After the submission deadline (15 September 2019), all abstracts will be anonymised and sent to at least two reviewers for evaluation.

Every abstract will be evaluated in the categories:

Scientific/practical presentations

  • relevance/innovation
  • methodology
  • scientific value/practical relevance

Case studies

  • complexity of the presentation
  • innovation/creativity of the solution
  • potential of the concept

with up to 5 points each, that is a maximum of 15 points per reviewer. Based on these reviews, the programme committee will decide to accept or reject the abstract.

You will be notified of acceptance or rejection in November 2019. The author of an accepted abstract agrees to attend the congress and present the paper in the time slot and on the topic assigned by the programme committee.

If the accepted abstract is unexcused not presented at the congress, the first author cannot submit contributions for the next congress.

Congress Languages

The congress languages are German and English. Simultaneous interpretation into the other language will be offered. Abstracts can be submitted in German or English, the submission language is the same as the presentation language.


All accepted abstracts will be published online in the congress programme. By submitting an abstract, the author grants Confairmed GmbH the right to publish the abstract on the website, in print media and newsletters. Please note that your abstract will be published in the submitted form and no corrections can be made. If necessary, the organisers reserve the right to modify faulty abstracts without consultation for publication.

With the submission the first author assumes the responsibility for the correctness of the data. The responsibility for the clarification of any copyrights of third parties regarding the content of the abstract lies with the first author. Thus, authors guarantee that all illustrations, tables, etc. do not contain third-party rights that prevent publication.

Disclosure conflicts of interests

Conflicts of interest are widespread in the healthcare sector. Among other things, the state medical boards (Landesärztekammer) which are responsible for the certification of medical education courses in Germany require that potential conflicts of interest are disclosed to participants and upon request.

Any conflicts of interest caused by donations must be disclosed. The following information should be disclosed if there is a conflict of interest:

  • Work as a consultant or surveyor
  • Receiving fees for lecturing or training activities
  • Grants from research funds
  • Ownership of shares, funds with participation of companies in the healthcare industry
  • Owner interests in pharmaceuticals/medical devices
  • Personal relationships with representatives of a company in the healthcare industry

ePoster with short lecture

Accepted ePosters will be displayed on monitors in a permanent digital exhibition. In addition to the visual presentation, ePosters will be presented in oral short lectures, in thematically grouped sessions. After acceptance of an ePoster, the author will receive separate information for creating an ePoster and short lecture.


The German Association of Orthopaedic Technology (Bundesinnungsverband für Orthopädie-Technik), as the conceptual partner of OTWorld, and the OT publishing house (Verlag Orthopädie-Technik) award three prizes among the free paper submissions. Prizes will be awarded for the best oral presentation, the best ePoster and the best paper submitted by a young professional. The prizes are endowed with € 500 each. On the basis of the evaluations made in the peer review process, an evaluation committee will decide upon the award winners after reviewing the contributions. All abstracts that have been submitted will automatically take part in the competition.

Important Dates

15 September 2019: Deadline for submission of abstracts

November 2019: Notification of acceptance or rejection of contributions

December 2019: Release of the congress programme on the internet

12 to 15 May 2020: OTWorld 2020

Call for papers

Call for papers
(33.3 kB)