Conference Awards

The Conference Awards recognise intellectual rigour, thought leadership and presentation skills at the annual Research Society National Conference which is the largest research conference in the southern hemisphere and the highlight of the research profession calendar.

3 Award Categories

In 2020 the Conference Awards feature 3 categories:

Best Paper Award | Best Presentation Award
Best Presentation by a Young Researcher

Best Paper Award

The Best Paper Award is given for the best paper submitted at the Research Society annual National Conference.

All papers (excluding Keynote speaker papers) are also eligible for the Best Presentation Award which is awarded at the end of the Conference. This is judged by the Conference Committee nominating their favourite papers/presentation.

Eligibility and criteria

All papers which are presented at the Conference (excluding Keynote speaker papers) are eligible for the Best Conference Paper Award.

Papers are judged on the following criteria:

  • CREATIVITY – The paper explores a new avenue, takes a new angle or extends thinking in its area
  • RELEVANCE – The paper addresses an important and relevant topic to the industry
  • EXPRESSION – The paper is well-written, clear, well-structured, engaging etc
  • AUTHORITY – The paper draws clear conclusions based on sound evidence (incl referencing where relevant)
  • TRANSFERABLE – The paper has methodological developments or new thinking that is transferable across our industry
  • ENERGY – The paper stimulates debate or interest in the topic

Best Presentation Award

The Best Presentation Award is presented at the Research Society annual National Conference.

This Award is given to the speaker who delivers the best presentation.

A Judging Committee made up of Fellows and members of the Conference Committee view all the presentations at Conference based on set criteria.

Eligibility and criteria

All industry Conference speakers are eligible for this Award.

Presentations are judged on the following criteria:

  • CREATIVITY – The preso explores a new avenue, takes a new angle or extends thinking in its area
  • RELEVANCE – The preso addresses an important and relevant topic to the industry
  • EXPRESSION – The preso is well-written, clear, well-structured, engaging etc
  • AUTHORITY – The preso draws clear conclusions based on sound evidence (incl referencing where relevant)
  • TRANSFERABLE – The preso has methodological developments or new thinking that is transferable across our industry
  • ENERGY – The preso stimulates debate or interest in the topic

Best Presentation by a Young Researcher

The Best Presentation by a Young Researcher Award is given for the best paper submitted by a Young Researcher at the Research Society annual National Conference.

Eligibility and criteria

Age up to 35 years as at 30 June or in the first five years of their career.

Presentations are judged on the following criteria:

  • CREATIVITY – The preso explores a new avenue, takes a new angle or extends thinking in its area
  • RELEVANCE – The preso addresses an important and relevant topic to the industry
  • EXPRESSION – The preso is well-written, clear, well-structured, engaging etc
  • AUTHORITY – The preso draws clear conclusions based on sound evidence (incl referencing where relevant)
  • TRANSFERABLE – The preso has methodological developments or new thinking that is transferable across our industry
  • ENERGY – The preso stimulates debate or interest in the topic
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