Judging of the abstracts was conducted by the Research Excellence Awards subcommittee. Abstracts were judged by either basic or clinical researchers on the basis of excellence in three criteria
The abstract was to succinctly portray the background, rationale, methodological approach, key findings and significance of the research. The abstract needed to appeal to an audience including clinical and scientific researchers who may not be familiar with the field of research.
The research presented was to be of a high quality conducted with the most appropriate and advanced techniques. The analysis of the data was to be thoroughly and rigorously conducted.
The clinical or scientific significance and impact on the field was to be clearly portrayed. The key findings of the study was to be supported by the evidence presented. The outcomes was to be interpreted in the context of the state of development in the research field.
Judging of abstracts took into account outstanding qualities in each criterion. Equal weighting of these qualities applied.
Judging of oral and poster presentations took into account excellence in the three abstract judging criterions in addition to presentation criteria. Judging was conducted by an esteemed panel of research leaders in multiple fields.
The presentation needed to appeal to an intelligent but non-specialist audience, follow a logical sequence, engage and educate the audience.
The presentation need to adhere to the lightning talk guidelines: 12 slides, 20 seconds each slide—total 4 minutes.
Submitted abstracts were to be 300 words with no bullet points.
Abstracts closed on Friday 9 June 2017.