Florey Postgraduate Research Conference

Discover the extraordinary variety of research undertaken by the faculty's Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates at the annual Florey Postgraduate Research Conference.

About the conference

The Florey Postgraduate Research Conference will be held on Wednesday 22 September at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The conference is a highlight for the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and a chance to showcase outstanding research activity.

The conference, now in its 15th year, gives HDR students the opportunity to discuss their research with fellow students, academics, industry partners, and other major stakeholders of the University. It is a chance to recognise excellent in research and hear from distinguished speakers on specialised topics, beneficial to ongoing professional and personal development.

The 2021 Florey Public Lecture Speaker is Professor Fabienne Mackay, Director and CEO of QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane.

Lord Howard Florey

Lord Howard Florey

Florey Medical Foundation

Named after Lord Howard Florey, a University of Adelaide graduate who shared a Nobel Prize for his development of penicillin, the Florey Medical Research Foundation raises funds for postgraduate research scholarships and early-career postdoctoral research fellowships within the medical degree.

Lord Florey and his team of scientists changed the course of history when they developed penicillin into a life-saving antibiotic treatment. Today, through the foundation that bears his name, Florey's achievements continue to inspire Adelaide students and researchers alike.

The foundation is based within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Florey Postgraduate Research Conference

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Prize winners

Prize Description Winner
The Florey Medical Research Foundation (Basic)

1 Prize for Basic category


Prize money to be used for travel and/or professional development
Michelle Sims
The Florey Medical Research Foundation (Applied)

1 Prize for Applied category


Prize money to be used for travel and/or professional development
Zein Amro
Northern Communities Health Foundation $300  Tassia Oswald
Northern Communities Health Foundation $700  Holly Evans
Adelaide Medical School — Department of Medical Sciences $400  Mirabel Alonge
Adelaide Medical School — Department of Medical Specialties $400  Julia Scott
Adelaide Medical School — Department of Surgical Specialties $400  Ghais Houtak
Adelaide Medical School — Department of Women's and Children's Health $400  Rudrarup Bhattacharjee
School of Psychology $500  Andrew Reeves
School of Public Health $500  Brianna Morello
Adelaide Dental School $500  Brianna Poirier
Adelaide Nursing School $500  Aishah Al Harbi
The John Barker Bequest $300  Reger Mikaeel
The John Barker Bequest $700  Josephine Hinneh
The Vernon Roy East Bequest $300  Danielle Herreen
The Vernon Roy East Bequest $700  Tassia Oswald
Executive Dean to the Faculty $600  Yanping He
Robinson Research Institute $250 – Gift Card Thomas Litster
Robinson Research Institute $250 – Gift Card Nandini Sandran
CMAX (Clinical) $200 – Gift Card Courtney Subramaniam
People's Choice $100 Myer Gift Card Jodie Scott
Innovation & Commercial Partners $100 – Gift Card Sarena La
Innovation & Commercial Partners $100 – Gift Card Elizabeth Collis
Innovation & Commercial Partners $100 – Gift Card Yanping He
Peter Couche Foundation $250 – Gift Card Thomas Litster
Peter Couche Foundation $250 – Gift Card Wenjun Liu
Lions Medical Research Foundation $300 Laura Trainor
Lions Medical Research Foundation $300 Elizabeth Collis


Tips, FAQ and further information

  • Venue

    Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide.

  • Transport

    You can catch the tram from the city to the Adelaide Convention Centre free of charge. The closest tram stop to the venue is the Adelaide Railway Station stop.

  • Dress code

    Neat clothing. No shorts, thongs or singlets

  • Key dates

    Poster abstract submissions will be accepted no later than Friday 9 July.

    The 2021 Florey Postgraduate Research Conference will be held on Wednesday 22 September at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

  • Poster size

    841 x 1189 mm (A0). If you have already prepared a poster and it is not the preferred size for this conference, you will still be able to present, provided the poster does not exceed 1200mm in width and 1800mm in height. Each poster board is setup vertically and horizontal posters will not be accepted.

    For consistency, we suggest you use the University of Adelaide A0 Poster template.

  • Presentation criteria

    Students are required to stand at their own poster (a proxy is not permitted) until they have been assessed. If you are not at your poster at the allocated session time, you will not be eligible for a prize.

  • Font, layout and design

    Use simple fonts in an easy to read size. Ensure font, image and figure colours are contrasting. Keep titles simple and include a figure caption and legend where required.

  • Poster printing

    If you require poster printing, you can contact Snap Adelaide Flinders Street via adelaidecbdeast@snap.com.au as they offer a University of Adelaide rate of $27.50 per AO poster on 80gsm bond.

  • Presentation structure

    You will be given five minutes to present your poster, with an additional two to three minutes of Q&A time. You will be assessed by a group of two to three assessors. It is important to highlight the essential parts of your poster and use clear, concise language.

  • Criteria

    Ensure you look at each category when planning your poster and presentation as each assessor will score the below out of ten:

    •             Quality and clarity of presentation and poster

    •             Scientific merit

    •             Quality of data/results/significance

    •             General understanding and ability to answer questions

    •             Overall poster rating

  • Prize list

  • CaRST points

    HDR students presenting a poster at the conference will be eligible to receive three CaRST accredited points. HDR students must attend the entire duration of the professional development session 2pm – 4pm to be eligible to receive three CaRST accredited points.

  • Register for the professional development session

    This year, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences HDR students can register for the professional development component titled “Pave the pathway to your ultimate career” and will begin with guest speakers Dr Monica Kerr, Director Researcher Development and Mrs Michelle McKinnon from Career Service at the University of Adelaide. For many research degree graduates, exiting academia and navigating the way from their PhD into secure employment can be daunting. During this two-hour interactive session, Michelle McKinnon will be addressing many of the key obstacles that face HDR students on their path to successful careers.

    The session will include:

    Opportunity awareness

    Where is the demand for Health and Med HDR grads? Who are the employers and what are the job titles?

    Competing for jobs

    • Decoding the job ad – what are “non-academic” employers looking for?
    • Think like a recruiter. What stands out on a resume?
    • Articulating your “value add” to future employers.

    As seats are limited (only 120) please register here Professional Development session  to secure your spot by COB 10 September.

    Note: Please only select one ticket. 

    Date: Wednesday 22 September 2021
    Time: 1.25 - 4.40pm
    Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace

    For any questions, email Office of Research Development and Research Education at fhsresed@adelaide.edu.au.

  • Registration for presenting students

    The registration desk will be manned from 8.30 am to 9.10 am. Each student will be provided with a name tag, program, wrist band for lunch, and Velcro to hold up their poster on the day.


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