Annual Biology Conference - Biological Sciences - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Annual Biology Conference 2017

Date: 9 am – 5 pm, 26 October 2017
Location: Engineering lecture theatres

ABC Timeline


  • 12–30 April. Register to present and apply for Student Positions (position descriptions)
  • 8 May. Successful Student Position applicants notified.
  • 25-29 September. Upload your abstract
  • 25 October 9 am – 4 pm. You can practice your talk in room 275 or in a lecture theatres (room TBA).
  • 25 October, 2–4 pm, (room TBA). Presentation file uploading. You must upload your file in advance. This is to ensure smooth transitions and good timekeeping during the event.
  • 26 October 9 am – 5 pm. ABC conference

Learn how to prepare and present at ABC:

The Annual Biology Conference (ABC) is a single day symposium, organised by the School of Biological Sciences, to provide an opportunity for postgraduate research students to present their findings to colleagues, peers and to the wider scientific community.

The communication of science and the presentation of research ideas and results are important skills to possess as an emerging scientist. The ABC allows students to develop public speaking skills and gain confidence and experience in delivering a presentation to a larger audience.

It is the expectation of the Biological Sciences Teaching and Learning Committee that every postgraduate research student will participate in this event.

Prizes and awards will be presented in a number of categories. Morning and afternoon tea refreshments will be provided and a social gathering will follow at the conclusion of the presentations.

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Details for Presenters

  • The ABC symposium has been scheduled for Thursday 26th October 2017. Abstracts are submitted around 1 month before the conference.
  • Presentations are expected from current PhD, MSc thesis (year 5/Part 2) and BSc(Hons) students enrolled within the School of Biological Sciences and Biomolecular Interaction Centre (BIC). Doctoral students are expected to present twice during their PhD, other students only once – you may present more often if you wish.
  • Oral presentations are 12 minutes long with 3 minutes for questions and discussions.
  • The preferred format is via Powerpoint presentation.
  • 2016 Abstract book (PDF, 680KB) as a guide.