Trainee Prizes

Trainee Oral and e-Poster Prizes


Abstracts of original research are invited for the following prestigious Trainee Oral Presentations and E-Poster Prizes for Pathology Update. Applicants must view the Abstract Requirements and E-Poster Requirements below.

  • Please note that poster and/or oral presentations are a requirement for Anatomical, Chemical and Microbiology Trainees and recommended for all other disciplines (Haematology, Immunopathology, Forensic Pathology and Genetic Pathology).
  •  Trainees entering multiple prize categories (DS Nelson, QAP, BEA or Roche) are not permitted to submit the same abstract under different prize categories. A different abstract is required for each prize.
  • Trainees submitting an abstract in the Pathology Update Trainee Oral Presentations as part of the Scientific Program in the disciplines of Chemical, Genetic, Haematology, Immunopathology & Microbiology (including Faculty of Science and General Pathology Trainees ) must submit a different abstract for these Trainee prizes categories. Duplicate abstracts cannot be accepted.

Abstracts Deadline: NOW CLOSED

E-Poster Deadline for shortlisted Trainee Prizes: Friday 4 February 2022.

Contact: Rachel Johnson
t:   +61 2 8356 5852

Abstracts not in the required format will not be accepted.

Each submission will be acknowledged via a return email – if you don’t receive this acknowledgment please telephone Rachel Johnson on +61 2 8356 5852.

The DS Nelson Trainee Oral Prize for the best oral presentation of original research is awarded in honour of the late Professor David Selwyn Nelson, a distinguished pathologist and editor of Pathology from 1985 to 1988. It is a eight minute PowerPoint presentation with two minutes available for questions. The DS Nelson is the flagship Trainee prize and three Trainees from any discipline will be shortlisted from abstracts to present.

Presented: Friday 4 March 2022 at 5.00pm
Prize: Winner $2000 AUD with $500 AUD to the Runner-up

The RCPA QAP Prizes are applied for as one category and the top two shortlisted abstracts ranked by the judging panel will be offered to present in the oral prize, the next three ranked abstracts will be offered to present in the poster prize.

The RCPA Quality Assurance Program (QAP) Oral PriZe

RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Oral Prize follows immediately after the DS Nelson presentations and together these oral presentations form one event. Two Trainees will be selected from abstracts to present their PowerPoint talk on a subject related to laboratory management, case studies and all aspects of Quality Assurance. The best oral presentation wins a $2000AUD cash prize.

Presented: Friday 4 March 2022 at 5.00pm
Prize: Winner $2000 AUD
The RCPA Quality Assurance Program (QAP) Poster PriZe

The Quality Assurance Program Poster Prize will follow the Board of Education and Assessment Poster Prize on the Saturday morning. Three Trainees will be selected from abstracts to present their QAP poster. A prize of $1000 AUD will be given for the best poster presentation on a Quality Assurance topic.

Presented: Saturday 5 March 2022 at 8.30am
Prize: Winner $1000 AUD

The Board of Education and Assessment (BEA) Trainee Poster Prize is for the best poster presentation of original research by a Trainee in any discipline. Trainees are given the opportunity to summarise their posters in a three minute time span followed by three minutes for questions. Four Trainees will be selected from abstracts to enter this prize with posters displayed at Pathology Update.

Presented: Saturday 5 March 2022 at 8.30am
Prize: Winner $1000 AUD with $500 AUD to the runner-up


  • You must state clearly in the subject heading which prize your abstract belongs to.
  • Abstracts will only be considered via email and in the prescribed format listed below. Receipt of the submission will be acknowledged via return email. If you do not receive this receipt, contact Rachel Johnson on +61 2 8356 5852. You will be notified if you have been selected.
  • Trainees may enter the Roche Scientific E-Poster Display if they have been unsuccessful in pre-selection for the above awards. Roche abstracts and e-poster submission deadline is Thursday 16 December 2021.
  • Those selected will have their abstract published in the supplement to the Journal Pathology.
  • Please note that the judging for the DS Nelson and QAP Oral Prize will take place at 5.00pm on Friday 4 March 2022. Judging for the BEA Poster Prize and the QAP Poster Prizes will take place on Saturday 5 March 2022 at 8.30am.
  • Trainees selected to present in all categories will receive complimentary registration for the day they are presenting (Friday or Saturday) and reduced rate registration to attend the remainder of Pathology Update (No travel and accommodation)
  1. Abstracts must be submitted via email and attached in a Word document and not sent in the body of the email.
  2. Abstracts must not exceed 200 words (excluding title, authors and institution, references and statement of originality).
  3. Abstracts must be typed in English, using a 12 point single font with single line spacing, in Microsoft Word format.
  4. Your heading must include: prize category, your name (first name in full, followed by surname in full), and the Pathology discipline your abstract belongs to (Anatomical Pathology, Chemical Pathology, Forensic Pathology, Genetic Pathology, Haematology, Immunopathology or Microbiology).
  5. The title should be brief and explicit.
  6. Underline the submitting/presenting author only. Do not include titles or degrees.
  7. Underline the submitting/presenting author, use superscript numerals for author affiliations, and italicise the list of affiliations, e.g.
    Harold Cook1, Paul Stephens1, Kate J. Davies1, Garry Harding2, Don W. Thomas1
    1Department of Oral Surgery, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia; 2Wound Healing Research Unit, Department of Surgery, University of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  8. Specify the name and location of institution where the work was done.
  9. Abstract may contain the aims of study, methods, results and discussion. If providing a structured abstract please put the headings in bold followed by a colon, e.g. Background: This study was conducted because…., Methods: The method used for this study........
  10. Abstracts in Case report format will be accepted.
  11. Maximum of three references.
  12. Figures, images and tables will not be published.
  13. Abbreviations should be only used for common terms. For uncommon terms, the abbreviation should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word.
  14. At the end of the abstract please include a statement specifying which part of the work was your own original idea and contribution (not included in word count).
  15. No headers or footers.
  16. Name your Word file in the following format:
  17. If submitting multiple abstracts please name the files submitted with (1), (2) etc in the name. For example two abstracts submitted on June 30 2022 would be: JOHNSON_ROCHE_30062022 (1) , JOHNSON_ROCHE_30062022 (2)
  18. Abstract/s must be accompanied by full registration of the submitting/presenting author by the early bird cut-off date of Thursday 17 February 2022. Selected Trainees for the Trainee Prizes will receive complimentary Speaker Registration for the day presenting and reduced rate registration for the remainder of Pathology Update.
  19. Once your abstract has been submitted, this is final. No additions or changes will be accepted.
  20. See sample abstract below.
Abstract submission to by Thursday 2 December 2021
Shortlisted Trainees for E-Poster prizes will be notified by 10 December 2021 and must submit their E-poster file to by Friday 4 February 2022 deadline.
Shortlisted Trainees for the Oral prizes are not required to submit an E-Poster.

An E-Poster of your abstract will be available for viewing via the ICC Sydney Platform and made available to all delegates.

Image Requirements:

  • E-Posters to be submitted as a PDF file only
  • 1 page only
  • Maximum file size shall not exceed 5mb
  • Minimum recommended resolution of each image should be 1080 x 1920 pixels and maximum of 2160 x 3840 pixels
  • DPI: 300ppi
  • Format: 9w:16h Aspect Ratio
  • Portrait only
  • Images/photos, graphs and tables can be included in the poster

Files with ratio 9:16 will be displayed full screen on the onsite kiosk which is a portrait orientated computer screen. Files of any other ratio will not be full screen and may be distorted.

Selected Trainee E-Poster submission to by Friday 4 February 2022

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