Getting your ideas down on paper and forming them into an abstract can be tough. To help you turn that fantastic idea into a conference presentation here are some tips!

Tip No 1: Remember the theme

The theme for the conference is Local Footprint, Global Impact. This is a very broad theme and to help narrow it down the conference committee have given a few hints for topics within this theme, specifically:

Indigenous issues

Career development



Remember the papers and posters for the conference do not need to be limited to these topics but be sure to bring your abstract back to the wider theme of the conference.

Tip No 2: Think carefully about the format of your presentation

The conference committee is looking for papers and presentations in a range of formats. Think about what you want to share and how to best get that across. Is your idea best suited to a 20-minute presentation? Do you want to share multiple perspectives with a panel discussion? Is it a hands on workshop? Can you capture your message in a digital poster? Is it a quick lightning talk?

Tip No 3: Not sure? Phone a friend!

If you’re thinking about submitting an abstract bouncing an idea off someone can be invaluable. Talk over the idea and structure of the presentation with a colleague or another member of the Association. They can help you to flesh out your idea and give you a more confident and complete abstract.

Tip No 4: Make sure it matches the criteria!

Don’t let the criteria scare you off, it’s here to help you. Be sure to review the criteria carefully.

Tip No 5: Don’t be late!

Submissions close at 5.00pm on Friday, 15 September 2017. All abstracts must be submitted via email to .

Make sure you aren’t late!

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