Australian Society for Fish Biology Conference 2019October 14 - 17, 2019 Canberra, ACT

Abstracts

Abstract submissions now open!

Abstract Categories to submit to:

  • Aquageography: people, fish, and place
  • Conservation in action
  • Fish art, science & communication
  • Cultural flows
  • Aquatic translocations & invasives: ecology, emerging threats & implications for management
  • Social and reproductive behaviour: who mates, who associates and why?
  • Genetic applications for fish management
  • Making monitoring meaningful
  • Improving fisheries management through adoption of technology & effective communication
  • Murray-Darling Basin Fish Kills: Research and Management 
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Evolution

Abstract submissions is now closed 

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE I START MY SUBMISSION?

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Please ensure your abstract file is open on your computer - you will need cut and paste it onto the web. (Note that keypad short cuts do not work with Mozilla, you need to use the Menu, Edit, Paste command to paste in text to your submission).

Please note: Abstracts must NOT exceed 300 words. The Abstract should NOT include subheadings, tables, figures or references. An informative abstract briefly includes components such as introduction, objectives, methods, results and conclusions.

In addition to the above, we encourage you to design and upload a single image file that contains a graphical version of your abstract. You may chose to do this on completion of the pre-conference workshop on graphical design. The organising committee will be awarding prizes to the best graphical abstract submission by a student, early career and general member of the ASFB. The image file must be screen resolution (72 - 96 dpi) and no larger than 500 MB.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and their acceptance to oral or poster presentation will be announced.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS INVOLVED IN UPLOADING MY ABSTRACT?

The first step in uploading your abstract is to record your personal details on your own 'Currinda Profile'. If you have already completed it for your registration or another ASN event, you will not have to repeat this, just 'log in' to your Currinda Profile. As you complete your registration you will receive a confirmation email. You will be able to upload your abstract via your personal profile.

You can use your email and password to access your abstract submission at any time.
The presenting author must be the person submitting the abstract and they must do this from their own 'Currinda profile'.

You can cut and paste your abstract in several simple steps. The benefits of this system are many but include:

  • Allowing you to preview your abstract and make modifications to your satisfaction.
  • Ensuring you know your lodgement is completed as you will receive an immediate email confirmation.
  • Ensuring accurate indexing of all authors in the abstract book.
  • Ensuring consistent presentation of all abstracts in the proceedings (overarching formatting is imposed).

When you've finished the submission you will receive a confirmation email with your Abstract Submission Reference Number. You can view or edit your abstract by returning to your Currinda profile.

If you do not receive this confirmation email, please contact ASN Events.

WHAT IS A GRAPHICAL ABSTRACT?

A graphical abstract (GA) depicts the main result/conclusion/recommendation of a study using mostly visual representations. If designed with minimal use of text, a GA can be very effective for communicating across language and cultural boundaries. Conveying your message in a single image is very useful for transmitting on websites and popular communication technology like Twitter and Facebook. 

In addition to the usual written abstract, we encourage you to design and upload a single image file that contains a GA for your presentation, which will be visible to the delegates in the digital conference program. We provide some basic guidelines for developing a GA below. You may chose to do a GA upload on completion of the pre-conference workshop on graphical design.

The organising committee will be awarding prizes to the best graphical abstract submission by a student, early career and general member of the ASFB. The image file must be screen resolution (72 - 96 dpi) and no larger than 500 MB, saved in PDF (.pdf) format

Tips for designing a graphical abstract

In considering the elements in your graphical abstract, we suggest the following steps:

  1. Distil the message:Decide on the key point you want to convey (what is most important/relevant message to get across – often related to your key aims), which means making some decisions on what to leave out of the GA. Your goal should be to convey something new that should shift how people see/appreciate/understand the world because of this new work.
  2. Develop a concise title & caption:Try to convey your main message in a short title (max. 120 characters) and caption (maximum 80 words) that you might like to accompany your GA on an online platform like Twitter.
  3. Symbolic gestures: Think about possible metaphors, symbols that may be used to represent elements of your message, and what they may mean to a diverse audience, and then see how to assemble those together into a narrative.
  4. Visual design: Consider how key elements (fonts, colours, spatial balance) affect perception. Ensure your GA is not too crowded (balance in blank spaces amongst the objects), uses minimal colours (try to limit to 3 or 4) and a single font type. Take advantage of simple adjustments in size & placement to emphasise the main object of interest first.
  5. Minimal text: Try to avoid too much text. A good guide to to keep any text to below 100 characters on the GA illustration itself.
  6. Test it out: on your friends and family to see if they pick up what you’re trying to say in the GA. 

How to upload your graphical abstract for online viewing. 

  1. After you have been notified the outcome of your abstract (Oral Presentation or Poster Presentation) return to your dashboard by logging in here: https://members.asnevents.com.au/event/1643
  2. Click on the ‘Abstracts’ tab
  3. Click on the blue ‘View Submission’ button to the right of the submission you wish to add a graphic abstract too.
  4. Click on the green ‘Upload Presentation’ button to the right
  5. Select or File of drag and drop a file into page and click Save. Please note only PDF format will be accepted.

If you have any questions or trouble uploading please contact the conference secretary Ruby Hatfield, RH@asnevents.net.au or 03 8658 9530   

AM I ABLE TO MAKE CHANGES TO MY SUBMISSION AFTER IT HAS BEEN FINALISED?

Changes can be made to your abstract until the scoring process begins. Simply return to your Currinda profile and select the Edit option under Abstracts tab. Please note the edit option will no longer appear once scoring has commenced.


WHEN WILL I FIND OUT MY RESULT?

Notification of acceptance/rejection will be issued in the weeks after abstract submission closes. Successful authors will be provided with specific instructions in relation to their presentation time, duration, format etc.  Those preparing posters in the interim should note the maximum poster size permitted is 100cm wide by 120cm deep. Velcro will be available to fix the poster to the boards. 

POSTER PRESENTATION

Those preparing a physical poster should note the maximum size allowed is 100cm wide by 120cm deep (portrait layout). Velcro will be available to fix the poster to the boards.

ORAL PRESENTATIONS

Computer data projection via PowerPoint Presentation is the preferred presentation method for oral presentations.

If you experience any difficulties in submitting your abstract, please contact Ruby at ASN Events - rh@asnevents.net.au