This page walks you through the key things to help you write a great conference abstract.

Further down, you'll find links to blogs and some suggested reading to get you off to the best start. 

What's on this page

A-Z of Abstracts


We've put together an alphabetical guide that covers all the key aspects of writing a great abstract for submission to a conference.

Ideas and inspiration


Blogs and posts

Better posters

A blog from biologist Dr Zen Faulkes on creating great posters.  

How to design an award-winning conference poster

Tullio Rossi contributes to the LSE Impact Blog with advice on how to produce an outstanding conference poster.

Suggested reading

Faulkes Z. Better posters: plan, design and present an academic poster. Exeter: Pelagic Press; 2021

Sousa BJ & Clark AM. Six insights to make better academic conference posters. Int J Qualitative Methods. 2019; 18:1-4 

You may find useful information in the bi-monthly Hospice UK Research and Evidence in Practice bulletin. Our bulletin casts an expert eye on a different study type in each issue.

Previous National Conference abstracts  

Abstracts selected via the call for papers for oral or poster presentation are published online by BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. Browsing supplements from recent years can provide great inspiration: