Participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations (max. 10 minutes) or posters. When submitting, be aware of the broad background and expertise of the target audience.


Life2021 has its live programme on the afternoons of 26, 27, and 28 May. On top of that, our platform will be open for participants the week from 25 May until 28 May as well as for another month afterwards. As long as the platform is open, participants will be able to have a look at the content including the (pre-recorded) oral presentations and posters that will be selected out of the submissions from the call for abstracts. Do you want your contribution (oral presentation or poster) in the spotlights? Don’t hesitate to submit your abstract!

Abstracts related to this year’s theme ‘Networks in Life’ are especially welcomed.

Abstract selection will be carried out per track. Life2021 hosts 5 tracks:

Track 1: Biology of Molecules, Cells and Tissues; ‘Biomolecular networks within and between cells’

Track 2: From Genes to Organisms; ‘Genome regulation: how tissues and organisms form and survive’

Track 3: Organisms in their Environment; ‘Interactions with the environment: for better and for worse’

Track 4: Life and Planet; ‘Networks within and between ecosystems’

Track 5: Advanced Methods, Data and Analyses to understand Living systems; ‘Connecting the dots: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis’

Oral presentations

Researchers of all career levels and all disciplines within the life sciences are encouraged to submit an abstract for an oral presentation. All oral presentations will be recorded prior to the congress. If you are selected for an oral presentation, NWO will offer support to record your presentation. Selected oral presentations are scheduled in the programme and get a dedicated Q&A session. Take your chance to highlight your research progress!

EXTENDED DEADLINE abstract submission for oral presentations is 16 March 2021, 23.59h (C)EST.


At Life2021, there will be dedicated poster sessions each day, with ample time during the programme to visit the posters and to connect with the authors. Do you want to present a poster at Life2021? Submit your abstract right now! At a later stage, we will ask you to upload your poster and a poster pitch (this is an audio file which can be listened to while viewing your poster on the online platform).
Three poster prizes will be awarded to junior poster presenters (Master students, PhD’s and postdocs).
Deadline for poster abstract submission is 8 April 2021, 23.59h (C)EST.



Please note that submission of an abstract DOES NOT imply registration for the congress, you need to register separately. Registration opens in March.

Please contact NWO via if you have any questions or encounter problems with the submission.