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Abstract Guidelines

Presentation Overview

Your Abstract

Your Abstract should describe: The scope of the work undertaken The method of investigation The results How conclusions are reached It should be a summary of the whole work. It should be brief and to the point and contain no other information other than an outline of the work. It should be complete in its own right so that anyone reading it would know what your work is about and what your main findings are. Its sole purpose is to indicate scope and content.

Assume the reader is very intelligent but knows nothing about the subject of your topic.

Use the past tense throughout and do not use jargon on unexplained abbreviations.

Abstracts should be written within the template available by clicking on the “Download Template” button and the word count should not exceed 250 (excluding title and authors)

Abstracts for presentations must be submitted electronically using the “Abstract Submission Form” by 5pm on the 15th January 2018.

Abstracts will be judged by the conference committee and their decision will be final.

Successful applicants will be notified by the 26th January 2018 and should register by Monday 19th February 2018 - 17.00.


Posters should be printed by you and brought on the day. Posters should be A1 landscape (841mm x 594mm or 33.1 inches x 23.4 inches) and printed in colour.

Presenters are responsible for removing their own posters at the end of the day on the 20th April 2018.

Poster plus speed presentation

There may be an opportunity for those posters shortlisted for the poster prize to be screened for 1 minute in the main auditorium with the author giving a 1 minute verbal presentation.

Please indicate on the abstract form if you wish to be considered for this.

Verbal Presentation

These will be a 4 minute presentation with 2 minutes for questioning. Presenters will be expected to keep to time and will be curtailed by the session Chair if they run over to ensure the conference runs to time.

Arnold Huddart Medal

If you wish to be considered for this prize session please mark the abstract form accordingly.

The Arnold Huddart Medal was established in 1990 for the encouragement of original and promising research papers at the Annual Scientific Conference. The adjudication panel consists of one member from each of the Society's five main membership categories and is chaired by the Vice President of the Society.

Papers are judged on content, presentation and handling of the discussion following presentation of the paper. The paper should be of general interest and understandable to all disciplines of the Society.

The prize is normally awarded to a presenter under the age of 40 years, at the time of presentation. The rules have been amended in recent times and priority is now given to sole authors over multi-authored papers. The decision of the adjudication panel is final