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Call for abstracts

Abstract submissions for the Research Excellence Awards is now open!

Fulltime post doctorate students, early-career researchers, health professionals engaged in research in addition to their clinical practice and health innovators* are invited to submit an abstract for the Research Excellence Awards oral finalist presentations or poster exhibition.

Health innovations submissions will be considered for a poster presentation only.

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Presentation types

The Research Excellence Awards oral finalist presentations and poster exhibition will take place on Wednesday 31 July 2019 at the Translational Research Institute (TRI).


Clinical and basic/laboratory science abstracts will be considered for an oral presentation if indicated. Three finalists for each of the four submission categories will be selected and required to present a four-minute ‘lightning talk’ during the oral finalist session.


All abstracts submitted may be eligible for a poster presentation. Poster presenters are invited to discuss their poster during an informal poster exhibition adopting the ‘elevator pitch’ presentation style.

What is a lightning talk?

A lightning talk is a very short presentation lasting only four (4) minutes. Lightning talks are an entertaining and alternative method of sharing information. The goal of the lightning talk is to articulate the topic in an efficient, insightful and clear manner.

  • Oral presentation lighting talks are strictly limited to four minutes.
  • Oral lightning talks are strictly limited to 12 slides, 20 seconds each slide.

What is an elevator pitch?

An elevator pitch is a concise, rehearsed statement about the research/project that creates a memorable and positive impression, and opens the door to further conversation.

  • Poster presentation elevator pitches are strictly limited to one minute.

Key dates

  • 1 April - Abstract submission opens
  • 17 May - Abstract submission deadline
  • 17 June - Authors notified (3 weeks to return scores)
  • 1 July - Guidelines provided
  • 31 July - Research Excellence Awards 2019

Translational Poster Symposium

Authors are invited to submit their abstract to be considered for the Translational Poster Symposium, being held on Tuesday 6 August at the TRI. For more information go to

Should authors wish to submit their abstract for the Translational Research Symposium, please indicate so when completing the Research Excellence Awards abstract submission form.

Abstracts must be submitted by the abstract submission deadline, Friday 17 May 2019, to be considered for both the Research Excellence Awards and the Translational Research Symposium.

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Last updated 1 April 2019
Last reviewed 25 March 2019