The 9th Postgraduate & ECR Cancer Research Symposium is an opportunity to showcase your research while learning about the range of work being undertaken by early career researchers across the University.

Come along to meet researchers within and outside your area of expertise, network in a relaxed environment, and explore new collaborations.

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: For the first time, very early postdoctoral researchers (less than 2 years post PhD) are invited to submit an abstract for the program. As always, we invite abstracts from postgraduate cancer researchers!

Time and date

9.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday, 30 November 2017

Venue and location

New Law Building
Eastern Avenue
The University of Sydney (Camperdown campus)

Download a map (reference F10)


Registration is FREE and open to all University of Sydney students and staff.

The Symposium is an exciting opportunity to hear first-hand about recent findings from our next generation of cancer researchers. It will be of interest to:

  • Postgraduate students
  • Undergraduate/Honours students
  • Early career researchers
  • Academic staff
  • General staff
  • Supervisors


Abstract submission

Together with registration, postgraduate research students and very early postdoctoral researchers (less than 2 years post PhD) are invited to submit an abstract for consideration for the program. The abstract must reflect the current cancer research you are undertaking.

Abstract submission closes 5pm, Friday 1 September 2017


Abstract submission guidelines

  • The submitter must be currently enrolled as a postgraduate research student at the University of Sydney and their thesis must have a cancer research focus OR must be less than 2 years postdoctoral and undertaking cancer research at the University of Sydney or an affiliated medical research institute.
  • Abstracts should be no more than 300 words, clear, concise and with correct spelling and good sentence structure.
  • Submissions should contain complete results, however if this is not feasible, please focus on the research goal and methodology. The research should primarily be the result of student research and must be presented by the student author.
  • The title should be as brief as possible; preferably one line.
  • The main (presenting) author's name should be marked with an asterisk (*).
  • It is recommended that abstracts include a background, methods, results and conclusions.
  • To avoid a loss of formatting of figures and mathematical symbols write out any special characters (including Greek characters) in your text.
  • Tables must not be included.

Abstracts will be reviewed by a committee and will be selected on a competitive basis. Submissions will be judged on originality, technical strength, significance, quality of research, and interest and relevance to the meeting delegates.

Students will be notified the outcome of their abstract submission in early October 2017.



The program will feature work across the whole cancer research continuum – basic science, public health, clinical and psychosocial. It will also present novel research from range of cancer types.

A draft program will be available after abstract submission closes.

Cancer Research Network Awards

To be awarded to the most outstanding presenter within each of program sessions.*

The recipients of these awards will receive $200 each. This prize money must be used for the recipient’s continued cancer research or to fund travel to a cancer-related conference.

The Awards Ceremony will take place at the conclusion of the meeting.

*The structure of these awards is subject to change pending the number and type of abstracts submitted.

Important dates

  • July 2017: Abstract submission & registration opens
  • 5pm, 1 September 2017: Abstract submission closes
  • October 2017: Notification of abstract acceptance
  • 22 November 2017: Registration closes
  • 30 November 2017: Postgraduate Symposium

Organising Committee

  • Brooke Nickel (Co-Chair)
  • Rosita Pang (Co-Chair)
  • Angela Cho
  • Rachel Farber
  • Sarah Frost
  • Merilyn Heushkel
  • Tom Johnson
  • Catherine Leygo
  • Grace Lim
  • Rebecca Mercieca-bebber
  • Leigh Nicholson
  • Athena Phoa
  • Tomas Richardson-Sanchez
  • Amelia Smit
  • James Todd
  • Parth Upadhyay

Contact us

Merilyn Heuschkel
Cancer Research Network
Phone: 02 8627 1532