Submit Your Abstract

We invite postdocs to submit their research, which can be a proposal, in progress or completed work. We seek submissions from all areas of research activity, including academia and industry. Please provide an abstract summary of your research in clear, plain language. It should be written in nontechnical terms that can be clearly understood by reviewers/readers with various areas of expertise (i.e., minimal academic terminology and references to methodology). Using simple terms, briefly describe the nature of the work. Indicate why and to whom the research is essential, the outcomes, and how your field will benefit.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: Monday, February 12, 2024
  • Notification: Friday, February 16, 2024
  • Research Day: Tuesday, March 12, 2024

You may choose to submit an abstract for one or more of the following:

  • Oral Presentation: authors will have 8 minutes to present their research, plus 2 minutes for questions.
  • Poster: The authors will present their poster during coffee and lunch. The typical poster size recommended is a maximum of 1m by 1m. 
  • Creative Work: The authors will present their prototype, device, system, performance, exhibit, or installation during the coffee break and lunch. Due to space limitations, we may be unable to accommodate creative works that require larger than 3m by 3m of space.

Abstract Criteria (for oral presentation, poster, or creative work*):

  • 250 words max
  • title, list of authors, affiliations, contact information, and submission type
  • *a still image and/or walk-through video (5 minutes max) of your creative work, plus details describing how people will experience your creative work and your on-site needs

We will accept as many abstracts as we can. If we have an overwhelming number of submissions, then the PDA executive will select abstracts based on the following criteria*:

  • originality: addresses the presence of new ideas or approaches
    significance: addresses the contribution to its respective field and the benefits others can gain from it
  • quality: addresses high standards of formal and/or conceptual quality
  • *creative work will also be evaluated for feasibility: is the work technically and logistically feasible for the event?

If you have any questions regarding the submission process, don't hesitate to contact the PDA at

Dates & Deadlines

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Halpern Centre, Burnaby

Abstraction Submission: Now Open until Feb 12th, 2024

Event Registration: More information to come