Conference Embargo Policy

In the case of the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health, as with most scientific/medical conferences, all conference abstracts are released to media under a strict embargo policy.

All oral abstracts are embargoed until the time and date of the start session in which they are delivered, or during a press conference - whichever comes first.

All poster abstracts are embargoed until 07:30 DST Thursday October 12, 2017.

Embargo breaks for media reporters

As well as having access to the materials detailed above, the media is also given prior access to the speakers' slides. However access is only granted to media onsite at the conference, and the same embargo rules apply – meaning the information in speaker slides cannot be referenced or published before the start of the presentation.

Breaking of the embargo policy by a reporter will lead to one or more of the following measures:

  • Immediate suspension of the reporter's media conference credentials
  • Immediate barring of the reporter from the meeting premises
  • Removal of the reporter's name from The Union's Media Distribution List for two years
  • No access to the next World Conference

Any breaches in the embargo by media will be brought to the attention of the Media Embargo Committee. If you have questions, please contact The Union Press Team at