ORL 2018

The Call for Abstracts is open from Monday 20 November 2017.

Abstract submissions are welcomed for oral or poster presentations. 

Abstracts must be submitted via this website. Faxed or posted abstracts will NOT be accepted. Please submit your abstract by 4pm NZT Monday 25 June 2018. Notice of acceptance will be sent to submission authors by Monday 16 July 2018. Abstract authors are asked to carefully study the submission instructions below.


If you are selected to offer an oral presentation you will need to prepare an eight minute presentation. Two minutes will be set aside at the end of your presentation for questions and answers. Standard audio-visual equipment is provided: lectern, microphone, PC laptop, data projector and screen. All presentations are to be PowerPoint presentations and send to the conference organisers prior to the conference commencing. Laptop changeover at the conference WILL NOT be permitted.

You will receive confirmation by email that the abstract has been received. If you do not receive confirmation please contact us at conferences@w4u.co.nz. Your submitted abstract will then be considered by the scientific committee for presentation. If your abstract is selected for presentation you must register and pay to attend the Conference.


All abstracts should be original research. Case reports may be acceptable although the onus is on the author to demonstrate the significance of the report.

General specifications are:

  • Word document ONLY. Do not use presentation software such as PowerPoint
  • Maximum 300 words total, excluding presenters and department
  • Text should be single spaced with justified margins
  • Limit the number of authors to no more than 7
  • Arial, font size 11 point
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English

Your abstract should contain the following:

  • Title: Sentence case, bold
  • Authors/Presenters: Sentence case. Show initial and then surname only. Presenter’s name underlined with asterisks used in conjunction with the Department and Institution
  • Department and Institution of all Authors/Presenters: Sentence case, italics
  • Body of Abstracts: Sentence case

The BODY of your abstract should include these headings in bold:

  • Introduction (including the study hypothesis)
  • Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusions. It is not satisfactory to state that results will be discussed or data will be presented. References (maximum of two). Abbreviations may be used but must be spelt out in full at the first mention followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.


There will be a scientific poster display in the Industry Exhibition Hall. The poster should measure 1200mm high by 900mm wide (A0 size – portrait format). The poster should be laminated and the text should be in a font of sufficient size for easy reading at a distance of 1 metre. The poster boards will be Velcro-sensitive, please bring Velcro hooks to attach your poster to the board. If your abstract is selected for presentation as a poster you must register and pay to attend the Conference.


There will be a Registrar’s Prize awarded for the best presentation of an Oral Abstract and for best Poster.