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Call for abstracts

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

Student researchers and early career researchers engaging in clinical or laboratory/basic science research across Metro South Health and affiliated research institutes were invited to submit abstracts for the Research Excellence Awards.

Abstracts were to be structured in the following sections and be maximum 250 words, with no bullet points.

  • Background (what is the purpose)
  • Method (what we did and how we did it)
  • Results (what we found)
  • Conclusion

Categories

Abstracts were to be submitted for consideration under one of four possible categories, determined by the following 'researcher' and 'research' sub-categories.

Researcher sub-categories

  1. Student researcher—any student undertaking Honours, Masters or PhD.
  2. Early career researcher—anyone who is within five years of their Honours, Masters, PhD, or highest qualification degree who is not currently enrolled in a research higher degree.

Research sub-categories

  1. Clinical research
  2. Laboratory/Basic Science research

Presentation types

Abstracts will be considered for an oral presentation or poster presentation.

Oral presentation

Three oral presentation finalists will be selected from each of the four 'researcher: research' categories and allocated a three-minute 'lightning talk' at the Research Excellence Awards oral finalist session.

If you are not selected as an oral finalist and wish to be considered for a poster, please ensure you tick both options on the abstract submission form.

Poster presentation

Three poster presentation finalists will be selected from each of the four 'researcher: research' categories with eligible lead authors invited to present a pre-recorded one-minute 'elevator pitch' to be viewed online.

All posters will be displayed during the symposium.

What is a lightning talk?

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

  • Lightning talks are strictly limited to three minutes with one minutes for questions.
  • Lightning talks are strictly limited to nine PowerPoint slides, not including the title slide.

What is an elevator pitch?

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

  • Elevator pitches are strictly limited to one minute.
  • Elevator pitches are strictly limited to three slides (if using).

Key dates

  • April: Abstract submission opens
  • 4pm Friday 1 July: Abstract submission (updated) deadline
  • July: Abstract review
  • July: Authors notified and presentation guidelines provided
  • Thursday 25 August: Research Excellence Awards 2022.
Last updated 6 July 2022
Last reviewed 6 July 2022