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Abstract submission guideline

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 Presentation 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

Abstract submissions have now closed.


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' and 'research' categories and allocated a three-minute 'lightning talk' at the Research Presentation 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' and 'research' categories with eligible lead authors invited to present a one-minute 'elevator pitch' to judges at the poster session on-site for the four poster presentation awards.

All posters will be displayed during the symposium  and eligible lead authors of the posters will need to be available on-site to present their posters and answer questions from the attendees to be eligible for the People's Choice Poster Award.

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.

Key dates

  • Monday 27 March: Abstract submission opens
  • 3pm Friday 9 June: Abstract submission deadline
  • Wednesday 23 August: Research Presentation Awards 2023.
Last updated 30 June 2023
Last reviewed 12 June 2023