Invitation to Submit Abstracts

Authors are invited to submit abstracts for Poster Presentation by 28 February 2020 for consideration by the Scientific Program Committee. Abstracts can only be submitted online via the conference website.

Please note that all presenters must pay to register for the meeting by 17 April 2020. Registration payment not received by this date will result in presenters being withdrawn.


General Information

Abstracts may be submitted on any topic relevant to anatomical pathology. Only original scientific material which has not been previously published or presented at the meeting will be accepted.

Abstracts must be submitted as a Word Document only in English and must be as per the suggested template. All abstracts should be thoroughly checked for spelling and grammar before submitting.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed.

The Scientific Program Committee reserves the right to reject unsuitable topics.


Abstract Template

All Abstract submissions (including case studies) must be as per the template guidelines and should include Title, Author/s, Organisation or Affiliation, Background of the Abstract, Aims, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Reference(s) are optional.

The length of the entire abstract (including the title, authors, affiliations, text and any references) must be less than 300 words typed in Arial Font Size 10. Please ensure that your abstract is typed in Word Format in a single cell with dimensions of 15cm wide x 12 cm high. Abstracts should have the following format:

  • Title (in bold capitals)
  • Authors
  • Organisation/Institution & location
  • Abstract Text (authors should format their abstract using the headings: Background, Aims, Methods, Results & Conclusions), References (optional and should be limited to 5 or less; the references will not be published)

Please click here IAP_Abstract_Template 2020 to download the Abstract Template. We strongly advise you to use this template for abstract submission as abstracts not following the templates will not be accepted.


Abstract Closing Date

The closing date for abstract submissions is 28 February 2020.


Outcome of Abstracts

All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Abstract Review Committee and participants will be notified of the outcome in 2 to 3 weeks after the closing date. Successful Abstracts will be required to do Poster Presentations wherein presenters set up their poster/posters in the Exhibition area for viewing by peers. (Please read poster preparation guidelines below) Abstracts of high caliber may also be selected for Oral Presentations (in additional to Poster Presentations) wherein the presenters will be requested to do an Oral Presentation at the relevant session rooms using PowerPoint slides.  Oral Presenters still need to set up their Posters with all the other posters in the Exhibition area.

The outcome letter will specify all details including the Presentation date, time and the venue.


Presentation time and Poster preparation guidelines


Poster Location

All poster display will be held on the conference days at the Plaza Level adjacent to rooms P6 to P8 of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The posters need to be set up on the appropriate poster board number between 7:00am and 9:00am on Friday the 29th of May or on the day the participants attend the conference. Formal viewing sessions will be held during the session breaks of the meeting. During these viewing sessions we encourage presenters to be available near their poster boards to discuss their work with peers who will be reviewing all the posters. No judging is involved; just an exchange of scientific knowledge and two way feedback. Posters will remain on display throughout the conference days and must be dismantled between 3:00 pm on – 4:00 pm on Sunday the 2nd of June. Posters not dismantled by 5:00pm will be discarded.

Please note that selected Abstract participants MUST be registered for the meeting by 17 April 2020 in order to present their posters.


Poster Preparation Guidelines

The poster provided board are vertical in format with dimensions of 1.75m height and 1.15m width. We encourage either A1 (841 mm x 593 mm) or A0 (1189 x 841) but no bigger than A0.

  • Posters should be clearly readable by viewers.
  • The message should be clear and understandable without oral explanation.
  • Illustrations, labels, must be attached to the poster board.
  • A label indicating the abstract number, abstract title, author and their affiliation should be placed at the top of the poster board to the right of the abstract if you choose to attach a copy of the Abstract.


Poster Criteria, Awards and certificates

All Posters will be assessed on scientific merit, originality and presentation by the Abstract review committee. A cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the highest scoring poster for each of the two poster categories (pathologist and registrar) and 2 commendations will also be made for each category.

Posters need to be set up BEFORE the afternoon sessions on the 1st day of the conference to be assessed for any awards.

The award ceremony will take place at the Plaza Auditorium from 1.30 to 1.50 on Sunday the 31st of May 2020.

A Certificate of Participation will be emailed to the Abstract participants.


Publishing of Abstracts

Accepted abstracts will be published in a special issue of Pathology in 2021.

Any Abstract related questions can be directed to the Australasian IAP staff at info@iap-aus.org.au


Online Abstracts submission

Please click this link https://iap-aus-conference.org.au/abstracts/abstract-submission-form/ to submit your Abstracts for the 44th Annual Scientific Meeting.