Poster Prizes

Prizes will be awarded for the best poster in both the biomedical and clinical streams. 

Value: the value of each poster prize is $1,000 AUD

Eligibility: the poster prizes are open to the following:

Biomedical stream: PhD students OR early career MND/ALS researchers ( researchers awarded their PhD within the last 5 years)

Clinical stream: as per Biomedical stream above but also including  medical and allied health professionals working with MND/ALS patients.

The presenting author will be required to register for the Symposium before submitting his/her abstract for consideration of a post prize award. 

To be eligible to receive one of the poster prizes, the presenting author must select the box and confirm their eligibility (as per above) within the abstract submission portal process, to indicate that they wish to be considered for the prize. 

Indicating that you are eligible for a poster prize will not affect your likelihood of being chosen for an oral communication if you have selected the “oral preferred” option in the abstract submission process.

Scoring: The initial stage of judging will be based on the abstracts, as submitted by the abstract submission deadline. Final judging of shortlisted posters will take place at the symposium and all posters will be scored using the following criteria:

Poster Design:

  1. Organisation and clarity: Is the poster content organised in a logical manner, such that experimental problem, approach and results are easily understood?
  2. Layout & visual impact: Is the poster layout/look/feel well done? Is there use of appropriate font sizes, readable graphics, suitable colors, pictures etc…?

Poster Content:

  1. Motivation/Background: Does the poster and the presenting author present sufficient context for the reader to understand the purpose and originality of the experiment as well as the background and motivation for performing the experiment or presneting the case study?
  2. Method: Does the poster present sufficient data on the experimental methods used for the reader to understand and judge the quality of the approach?
  3. Results & Discussion: Does the poster demonstrate an understanding of the significance of results presented? Presenter should provide appropriate statistics as appropriate.
  4. Conclusions & scientific contribution: Does the poster and the presening author present sufficient information and data to support the conclusion(s) of the poster? Does the results of the experiment or case study presented represent an important advance towards MND research or patient care and the understanding of the cause(s), disease mechanisms, potential treatments, and advances to improve care of MND patients?

The presenter must be available at an allocated time to answer questions from the judges at the conference. 


Posters should be paper size A0, ( 841 x 1189mm). Please ensure that the longest side of your poster is its height, sometimes known as ‘portrait’ orientation. In other words 841mm wide (horizontally) and 1189mm metre high (vertically). Posters the wrong orientation, or exceeding these dimensions will be removed as they will obscure other posters.

Authors accepting the offer of a poster presentation must ensure that their poster is on display at the symposium venue at the designated time. The corresponding author will be notified of the time slot and it must be abided by.