Conference policies and guidelines

Abstract submission

  • Abstracts must be submitted online via the abstract submission website. Hardcopy paper submissions will not be accepted.
  • A maximum number of two abstracts can be submitted per author.
  • Please note that all accepted oral presentations will be required to present an oral and a poster presentation of the same abstract
  • Maximum number of allocated presentations per presenter/registration:
    • 1 oral/poster and 1 poster; or
    • 2 posters
  • Author preferences for oral or poster presentation, for presentations on a particular day, or for a particular order of presentation within a session, will be accommodated whenever possible, but at the discretion of the Committee.
  • The organisers are under no obligation to accept abstracts that are submitted after the deadline date (24 March 2017).
  • Abstracts submitted after the abstract deadline—postdeadline abstracts—may be considered for poster sessions subject to availability and at the discretion of the Committee.
  • The Committee reserves the right to reject abstracts according to their rejection criteria.

Accepted abstracts

  • An author whose abstract has been accepted is required to register online and pay the registration fee to confirm inclusion of the presentation in the programme.
  • Presenting authors of accepted abstracts must register by 1 May 2017 to confirm inclusion in the programme. If the presenting author of the abstract does not register by this date the organisers reserve the right to remove the presentation/s from the programme.
  • If presenting author cannot attend and present they must withdraw their abstract online (before 24 March) or by notification to
  • Requests for subsitute co-author presenters after the abstract submission deadline must be sent to
  • When accepted submitting authors are notified of their programme listing, they must check their presentation listing and notify if any amendments are required.
  • Programme listings and abstracts may be published in digital formats via the conference website and mobile app. Please notify if you do not want your abstract copy available in a digital format.

Key dates

  • Bursaries deadline:

    10 March 2017

  • Poster award deadline:

    24 March 2017

  • Abstract submission deadline:

    24 March 2017

  • Early registration deadline: [extended]
    24 April 2017
  • Presenters registration deadline:
    1 May 2017
  • Registration deadline:
    5 July 2017