Guidelines for Abstract Submission


The theme for ACUR2023 conference is “A Connected World: New Research Directions”. As technology continues to advance, and our world becomes increasingly connected, there will undeniably be new directions that research could take. These could be, for example, exploring the implications of a connected world and how this connectivity could be leveraged to create a better world. The possibilities are vast and will require solid ethical frameworks to guide decisions and actions. For ACUR2023, we are asking students to demonstrate how their research reflects/contributes/highlights/develops these possibilities. What new directions are being identified? How will artificial intelligence impact? How can society benefit from revolutionising industries, from manufacturing to healthcare or fields from marketing to criminal justice.? What about environmental sustainability and the health of our planet? How can social media activities inform on people’s behaviour?

We look forward for you to joining the debate and bringing your personal experience from your undergraduate research project.


Abstract submission to ACUR2023@SUT is open to undergraduate students from ALL disciplines and recent graduates including Honours students (within 12 months of Graduation at Bachelor’s level) to present research conducted during or before undergraduate studies including extra-curricular research.

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  • First Call for Submission of Abstract – 18th August (see link below to submit)

  • Deadline for Abstracts to be received by Review Committee – EXTENDED TO: 19th October

  • Final Notification – 25th October

  • Registration Portal opens – 21st September

  • Final Resubmission Deadline – 12th October

  • Early Bird Registration Deadline – 31st October

  • Final Deadline for Registration – 10th November

  • Conference – 20-22 November


  • Student: Early Bird -Before 31st October 2023 $100

      Regular – After 31st October 2023 $125

  • Staff: Flat Rate $125

  • Family members: Flat rate $50 – One day attendance

Presentation Formats

  • Oral presentation: 10 minutes with 5 minutes for Q&A with audience, including judges.

  • Poster presentation: 10 minutes, including question time, to pitch to audience and judging panel.

Abstract Guidelines

Your abstract must be no more than 250 words long. Please use follow the following tips

  • Make sure you orient your abstract topic to address the Conference Theme

  • What is the research question or problem? Contextualise your topic.

  • Relevant background information to understand the importance of the research question.

  • A clear statement of the research methodology.

  • A summary of your key findings and an indication of their significance.

Additional Tips

With a 250-word limit, write only what is necessary, avoiding wordiness. Use active voice and pay attention to excessive prepositional phrasing.

  • Revise, proofread, and edit your abstract to ensure that it’s final presentation is error free.

  • Your language should be professional, and your style should adhere to academic standards.

  • Do not include in-text citations and references.

  • The final draft should be linear and clear, and it should read smoothly.

Abstract Keywords

In the abstract submission form, you will be asked to identify keywords that relate to your abstract. Keywords should follow these guidelines:

  • Keywords should represent key concepts.

  • Keywords should be descriptive.

  • Avoid using words that are too general, vague, or ambiguous.

  • Do not use words already in your title.

  • Keywords should be in their basic form (e.g. singular nouns or infinitive verbs).

  • Keywords accurately identify the most important topics covered in the abstract.

Peer Review Rubric

Your abstract will be peer reviewed by university academics in accordance with the following rubric:

  • Contains terminology and content that can be understood by a general university audience.

  • Provides a clear statement of the research question, problem or issue being investigated.

  • Provides relevant context/background information needed to understand the importance of the research topic/issue.

  • Includes a clear statement of relevant methodology.

  • Indicates what was found and why it matters.

  • Is written clearly and concisely.