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Call for abstracts

Abstract submissions for the Research Excellence Awards opened on Monday 29 March 2021.

Student researchers, early-career researchers, health professionals engaged in research in addition to their clinical practice (clinician-researchers) and non-clinician researchers are invited to submit abstracts for the Research Excellence Awards oral finalist presentations or poster exhibition.

This year, two additional poster categories will be introduced. These 'Collaborative Research' categories will showcase MSH partnerships producing high impact, innovative research.


The two categories are:

  1. Bench-top to Bedside: Translational research conducted by a research team comprising of partnerships between scientists and clinicians, and;
  2. Interdisciplinary Excellence: Research conducted by a research team comprising of partnerships of clinician-researchers from different disciplines (e.g. nursing and allied health, physicians and surgeons, mental health and dietetics).

How it works

Researcher categories

  1. Student researcher—any student undertaking Honours, Masters or PhD.
  2. Early career researcher—anyone who is within five years of their PhD.
  3. Collaborative researcher (poster only).

Research categories

  1. Clinical research
  2. Laboratory/Basic Science research
  3. Collaborative research (poster only)

Presentation type

Oral and poster presentations

Oral and poster presentation abstracts are to 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.

1. Oral presentation:

(If you are unsuccessful in being accepted as an oral presentation and you wish to be considered for a poster, please tick both options on the submission form).
Abstracts for oral presentations will be selected from the clinical and laboratory/basic science research categories and allocated a three-minute 'lightning talk' at the Research Excellence Awards.

2. Poster*:

All posters will be presented online. In addition, a selection of posters based on abstract score will be physically displayed at the Research Excellence Awards. The lead author for each selected physically displayed poster will be invited to present a one minute 'elevator pitch' to attendees during an informal exhibition session.

*NB: the collaborative research categories are only eligible for posters.

What is a lightning talk?

A lightning talk is a very short presentation which is meant as an entertaining and focussed method of sharing information. The goal of the lightening talk is to articulate the topic in an efficient, insightful and clear manner.

  • Lightning talks are strictly limited to three minutes (with one minute for uestions).
  • Lightning talks are strictly limited to 9 slides.

What is an elevator pitch?

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

  • Elevator pitches are strictly limited to one minute.

Submit your abstract

Abstracts are to adhere to the template provided on the abstract portal. The submission deadline is 3pm Friday 28 May 2021.

To be considered for an oral or poster presentation, submit your abstract via the link button below.

Criteria and guidelines  Submit your abstract 

Key dates

  • Monday 29 March: Abstract submission opens
  • Friday 28 May: Abstract submission deadline
  • 7-25 June: Abstracts review
  • Friday 2 July: Authors notified
  • Monday 5 July: Presentation guidelines provided
  • Thursday 26 August: Research Excellence Awards 2021
Last updated 30 March 2021
Last reviewed 29 March 2021