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Submissions open 25 June

The 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health is pleased to announce TBScience2018, an official pre-conference event entirely devoted to basic and translational TB research.

For the first time, TBScience2018 will bring together scientists from microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, pharmacology, epidemiology and mathematical modelling to present and discuss recent findings on TB transmission, infection and disease. Additional focus will also be given to the development of better vaccines, new drugs and efficient but effective diagnostics for TB, and methodological challenges to determining the burden of TB disease at the subnational level.

The pre-conference will take place from 08:30 on 23 October until midday 24 October, and held at The Hague Marriott Hotel, located just near the Union World Conference venue, the World Forum.

TBScience2018 is organised by The Union in proud partnership with the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), and TB Surveillance and Research Unit (TSRU).


Union World Conference delegates may register for the pre-conference for an additional fee of 50 euros. Delegates may also choose to register for TBScience2018 only.

Read more about registration here.


Submissions to TBScience2018 will be open from 25 June to 3 August.

All aspects of TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment basic science research, particularly new, innovative and significant findings are welcomed for submission at the first TBScience meeting.

The abstract should be:

  • Submitted online between 25 June and 3 August (23:59 Central European time)
  • In English
  • Restricted to 300 words
  • Include background, methods, results and conclusions
  • One table or one figure may be included with the abstract

Abstracts may not be submitted by email or any other alternative method.

Submissions should include:

  • Confirmation that the work has not been previously submitted for consideration to the general portion of The Union World Conference
  • The date by which the work and analysis was mostly completed
  • A request and rationale for travel support to be uploaded online, if so desired

Abstract presentations, either oral or poster presentations, should be aligned with one of these three session topics:

  1. Reducing TB transmission: what is the scientific basis behind reducing transmission and the initiation of appropriate therapy?
  2. TB vaccines: latest research developments in the discovery and clinical TB Vaccine space
  3. Research on surveillance issues: TB infection surveys and methods to generate subnational burden of disease estimates

All submitted abstracts will be scored by multiple peer reviewers, and the highest scoring abstracts will be selected for presentation.  Persons submitting abstracts will be notified of acceptance or rejection of their abstract by 27 August.  Note that decisions of the abstract review committee are final and cannot be appealed.

A small number of travel grants are available for accepted abstracts presenters who require funding to attend the conference. If you intend to request support, an indication of your desire and rationale for consideration for a travel grant must be submitted online together with the abstract. The reviewing committee will be blinded to the request for travel funds.

TBScience2018 co-sponsors

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