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Call for abstracts

Abstract submission for the Research Excellence Awards is now closed. Thank you to all those that have submitted an abstract.

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

Presentation types

The Research Excellence Awards oral finalist presentations and poster exhibition will take place on Wednesday 1 August 2018 at the Translational Research Institute (TRI).


All abstracts submitted will be considered for an oral presentation if indicated. Three finalists for each of the four submission categories will be selected and invited to present a ‘lightning talk’ during the oral finalist session.


Abstracts not selected for an oral presentation may be eligible for a poster presentation. Poster presenters may be required to discuss their research during an informal poster exhibition adopting the ‘lightning talk’ presentation style.

What is a lightning talk?

A lightning talk is a very short presentation lasting only a few 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.

Research Excellence Awards lighting talks are strictly limited to four minutes.

Oral lightning talks are strictly limited to 12 slides, 20 seconds each slide.

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Key dates

  • 2 April - Abstract submission opens
  • 11 May - Abstract submission deadline
  • June - Authors notified
  • 30 July - Guidelines provided
  • 1 August - Research Excellence Awards 2018

Translational Poster Symposium

Authors are invited to submit their abstract to be considered for the Translational Poster Symposium, being held on Thursday 26 July at the TRI. See for more information.

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, 5pm Friday 11 May 2018, to be considered for both the Research Excellence Awards and the Translational Research Symposium.

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Last updated 31 May 2018
Last reviewed 2 May 2017