How to write a conference abstract

We offer customised training for associations, organisations and individuals. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

  • Interactive workshop
  • 1 hour overview or 3 hours with hands-on practice
  • Optional follow-up session for Q&A and individual feedback on draft abstracts
  • Customised for relevance to your conference or professional field

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to draft an effective abstract for a conference presentation or session.


“this session is an absolute gift. I highly recommend this program, even if you’ve submitted an abstract before and want a brush up.”

“I did manage to get two abstracts in by the deadline and hope at least one gets up. I couldn’t have done it without your help.”

– participant FB, July 2021

“Such a wonderful opportunity … I’ve seen a number of people who have dipped their toe into conference presenting and flourished with a little bit of support from their ATEM friends. If you have a kernel of an idea or would love to share some good work, please sign up. Margaret is a fab facilitator and you will gain a lot from this session”

– TEMC 2017 Conference Chair ML Huppatz, July 2021

“I really enjoyed today’s session – both because the content was useful, but also because the environment was so welcoming and supportive.”

– participant ES, July 2021


Sally Newton and Margaret L Ruwoldt are experienced conference organisers and presenters and workshop facilitators. They co-founded the annual Professional Staff Conference at the University of Melbourne, and in 2017 Margaret was program co-convenor for the national Tertiary Education Management Conference (TEMC).

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