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Criteria and guidelines

Abstract judging criteria

Judging of the abstracts will be conducted by the Research Excellence Awards subcommittee. Abstracts will be judged based on excellence in three criteria and will take into account outstanding qualities in each criteria. Equal weighting of these qualities will apply.

Abstract quality

The abstract should succinctly portray the background, rationale, methodological approach, key findings and significance of the research. The abstract needs to appeal to an audience who may not be familiar with the field of research.

Scientific quality

The research presented should be of a high quality conducted with the most appropriate and advanced techniques. The analysis of the data should be thoroughly and rigorously conducted.

Scientific and clinical significance

The clinical or scientific significance and impact on the field should be clearly portrayed. The key findings of the study should be supported by the evidence presented. The outcomes should be interpreted in the context of the state of development in the research field.

Presentation judging criteria

Judging of oral and poster presentations will consider excellence in the three abstract judging criteria in addition to presentation criteria. Judging will be conducted by an esteemed panel of research leaders in multiple fields.

Delivery and communication quality

The presentation needs to appeal to an intelligent but non-specialist audience, follow a logical sequence, engage and educate the audience.


The presentation adheres to the guidelines:

  • Oral presentation: lightning talk, total four minutes.
  • Poster presentation: elevator pitch, total one minute.

Abstract submission guidelines

When submitting your abstract, please follow the instructions on the abstract portal.

  • Abstracts are due 3pm Friday 28 May 2021.

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Last updated 30 March 2021
Last reviewed 29 March 2021