Please note: Students can only submit one abstract for a bursary award. Anyone can submit more than one abstract for a poster presentation.  All abstract submissions must use the template provided and be submitted in Microsoft Word format, doc or docx, not PDF.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Presentation types
  2. Abstract selection criteria
  3. Abstract submission
  1. Presentation types

There will be TWO presentation types (Oral and Poster) at SFRR(A). Both are important contributions.

Please note that if your Abstract is accepted, the presenting author will be expected to register as a conference delegate by the due date. Failure to register will result in removal of your presentation from the conference programme.

Posters will be on display in the foyer area of the Science Building and this will provide opportunities for discussion throughout the first 2 days conference with specific evening sessions allocated to poster presenters. Students who receive a Conference Bursary Award will also give short 10 minute presentations describing their Posters prior to the Monday poster evening session.

Oral presentation (20 minutes total, comprising: 15-17 minute talk + 5-3 minute Q&A)

Typically, Oral presentations will comprise of research projects, completed or near completion, with clear outcomes and conclusions.  They should suite a broad audience from a range in backgrounds from biochemical understanding to health and disease aspects.

Posters (A0 portrait display)

Poster presentations are suited for work in progress and preliminary results and are also useful for reporting new methods and techniques. Studies that seem ideal for Oral presentations can also be presented very effectively as Posters. Posters will be on display for the duration of the Conference.

  1. Abstract selection criteria

The SFRR(A) organising committee will attempt to accommodate the preferred presentation type for all delegates. The number of 20 minute Oral presentations that can be accommodated in the programme is limited, hence the number of delegates requesting Oral presentations will most likely exceed the places available. If the demand for Oral presentations exceeds the available time slots, the SFRR(A) Programme Committee will review all abstracts for 20 minute presentations offering some delegates, who request oral presentations, the option of presenting a poster. We do not anticipate exceeding the limitation on space for Posters.

The criteria used to assess Abstracts is expected to include:

  • Scientific, technical or industrial merit, originality and interest
  • A demonstrable fit to the description of Oral or Poster presentations (above)
  • Compliance with the word count and format requirements for Abstracts (detailed in the Abstract Template).

Please note: Abstracts for 20 minute Oral presentations may be submitted before all analyses and interpretations of the results have been finalised, but authors must at least report some preliminary results.

  1. Abstract submission

Oral and Poster presenters are required to download and use the SFRR(A) Abstract Template to format their Abstract. Please note: The format of, and instructions for, the Template will need to be followed for the Abstract to be considered for review. Abstracts are to be submitted in Microsoft Word format only. The Abstract template with full instructions can be found here.

Abstracts must be submitted by October 12th. Students who have made an award application will be notified of the outcome on or before October 3rd  and all others on or before November 1st. When submitting an Abstract, you will be required to submit the Abstract through the link below.  Abstracts of all registrants will be printed in the SFRR(A) Conference Handbook.

Submit Abstract Here

Early submission of abstracts is recommended. Once your Abstract has been accepted for a presentation at SFRR(A), you are required to register and pay to attend before November 1st, 2018 to avoid being removed from the programme.

Please note: Early Bird Registrations also closes on October 1st, 2018, however late registrations at increased cost will be accepted up until the start of the conference.

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