The Science on the Swan Organising Committee recognises the importance of promoting local research and practice amongst students, early and mid career researchers and clinical trainees.

We know there are many passionate, highly skilled scientists and health practitioners in Western Australia working across the disciplinary spectrum to deliver outcomes in relation to chronic disease management, brain development and mental health and Aboriginal health and wellbeing across the State.

The organising committee invites abstracts from all health and medical scientists across the spectrum of the 2018 Science on the Swan research themes.

Presentations at the 2018 Science on the Swan conference will take two forms:

  • Poster presentations are open to all scientists and health professionals wishing to showcase their work
  • The Inaugural Rising star awards

Further information

Abstracts should relate to one of the three conference themes outlined in the conference program, as follows:

  • Life course of chronic diseases
  • Brain development and mental health
  • Aboriginal health and well being


The Top 10 Poster abstracts will be offered the opportunity to present an oral presentation (5 minutes plus question time). Cash prizes of $500 will be awarded to the 3 best presenters.

Three Rising Star awards of $1,000 will be awarded based on the submitted abstract, supporting statement and CV.

Key Dates:

Abstract submissions close extended: 28 March 2018
Acceptance Notification: 10 April 2018

Poster Abstracts

Abstracts should be no more than approximately 250 words (max. 1700 characters, including spaces).  

Rising Star Awards

Abstract submission criteria (poster, speaking opportunity and rising star award)

You are eligible for submission if you are an early or mid career researcher or clinician (maximum seven years post PhD or equivalent clinical qualification)

You are required to submit:

  • Abstract of no more than 500 words.
  • Short statement of approximately 250 words on how you consider yourself to be a rising star in the relevant theme
  • Short CV (no more than three pages)

Full guidelines for posters and instructions for the presentation will be included in your acceptance notification. Note that Posters should be prepared in AO size, portrait orientation. Visual screen presentations (PowerPoint and the like) should be in 16.9 format.

If you have any queries regarding your submission, please contact

Please note

In order to be given an opportunity to display your poster at the event, speak during the conference and be eligible for a rising star award, you must register and pay to attend the conference. 

A significant student discount is available and only applies to trainees, graduate and post-doctoral students (please note that registration in this category must be accompanied by a letter from the Supervisor or Department head indicating full time traineeship position. Please send the letter to