This information is mainly aimed towards helping students who have never submitted a conference abstract before. The purpose of an abstract is to summarise, in one paragraph of 300 words or less, the major aspects of the paper you want to present in 15minutes. It has to contain three main elements: (1) Title, (2) Submitter contact details, and (3) Abstract submission content.

Title

Your title should be succinct yet clearly describe your presentation. It can be 12 words or less and should, where appropriate, include clear indications of the location(s) and period(s) discussed. Please use sentence case (i.e. the first letter of the sentence is capitalised, with the rest being lowercase except for proper nouns and acronyms). It is better to avoid any abbreviations in the title.

Submitter contact details

After the title, it is good to provide your name, contact details (email address /mobile number) and affiliation. Please note that all correspondence will be with this person.

Abstract submission content

Abstract content should be clear and concise to both specialists and non-specialists colleagues. It should chiefly include:

  • The identification of the topic of your paper. In one sentence, you can describe the main idea of your presentation.
  • The research question(s) and problem(s) you investigated.
  • The importance/significance and contribution of your research in your research field or generally the academic community.
  • The methodological approach used or proposed. It is important to describe this approach and how it helps you to solve the problem(s) of your research.
  • The outcomes uncovered from your analysis. It is good to state and discuss significant positive and/or negative findings.
  • A brief summary of your interpretations and conclusions.

The abstract is better to not contain:

  • Images, tables, graphics or references.
  • Lengthy background or contextual information.
  • Acronyms or abbreviations. If you want to use abbreviations, you have to place it in parentheses after the full word the first time it appears.
  • Terms that may be confusing to the reader.

Please check your abstract carefully for spelling, grammar, punctuation and clarity, as it will not be edited. Furthermore, please suggest which day topic is the most appropriate for your abstract. This could be changed according to the final conference sessions.