Promote your research—virtually!

WCHRI Research Day offers trainees under the supervision of WCHRI academic members the opportunity to showcase their research progress. This year, we look forward to interacting virtually with our academic members, their trainees and our funders, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Alberta Women’s Health Foundation!

WCHRI is hosting Research Day virtually this year using PheedLoop, an interactive event platform. 

Please access the Abstract Submission and Registration Form to register and/or submit your abstract. 

All attendees must register even if you are not submitting an abstract. Please register if you plan to attend.

Click on the topics below for additional information on how to present your research this year.

Abstracts and presentations are scientific and should be accessible to a broad audience.

  • Abstract submissions will be allocated to either a:
    • three-minute thesis (3MT-style) presentation, 
    • 5-minute poster presentation, or 
    • 10-minute oral presentation. 
  • Only abstracts that evidence alignment with WCHRI Research Day abstract relevance criteria are eligible for publication and presentation.
  • Presentation format is recommended by the WCHRI Research Day abstract review committee and based on reviewer impression of the abstract and commensurate with trainee level:
    • undergraduate 
    • graduate 
    • fellows 
    • residents 
  • Presentations are representative of WCHRI’s three research themes: 
    • children’s health and well-being 
    • pregnancy and developmental trajectories and 
    • lifelong women’s health.

Submission of an abstract to WCHRI constitutes confirmation of the trainee’s availability to present on either November 3 or November 4.

Before you start your registration and abstract submission, review the submission and completion requirements. Most trainees develop their abstract in a Word document and copy and paste the abstract into the abstract submission form.

The purpose of your abstract is to:

  • present a large amount of information in a concise manner.
  • engage and promote your work with a broad audience.

Why it’s important:

  • This will determine the format you are invited to present on Research Day.
  • Abstracts will be posted on our website, so it will be a chance to build your professional portfolio.


For the abstract itself, key components include:

  • a title
  • an introduction
  • methods
  • results
  • conclusion

Abstracts must also include the:

  • authors
  • funders
  • Abstracts must be complete and submitted to WCHRI on or before September 15 (4 p.m.).
  • Abstract submission is open to undergraduate, graduate, fellows and residents under the direct supervision of a current WCHRI academic member. 
  • One abstract submission per trainee maximum.
    • Where the presenter submits more than one abstract, the abstract submission received closest to the deadline date will be accepted.  
  • Information submitted in the form is not subject to amendment.
  • Presentation in the virtual platform is “live” and delivered by the trainee invited to present. 

Trainees are encouraged to download their abstract details from the submission confirmation page. This is confirmation of abstract and registration form submission.

The abstract review process is as follows:

  • The WCHRI Research Day abstract review committee is composed of WCHRI academic members.
  • Abstracts will first be evaluated for relevance by the committee.
  • The committee, composed of WCHRI postdoctoral fellows and academic members, will recommend each abstract to one of the following presentation types/ opportunities: 
    • 3MT-style presentation, 
    • (5-minute) poster presentation, or 
    • (10-minute) oral presentation. 
  • Feedback from the committee is not provided. 
  • Abstracts that meet WCHRI relevance criteria will be published on our website on October 5.
  • WCHRI will provide notification to all trainees of the outcome of their abstract submission by October 5.

Please note: iPads and mobile devices are fine for attendees but not for presenters! Presenters, please use a laptop or desktop when giving your presentation.

WCHRI offers the following opportunities to trainees to support and network their research.  All presentation types are to support promotion and networking of scientific research with a broad audience composed of trainees, academic faculty, research staff and funding partners and their donors.  Each trainee will be assigned a time to start and end their presentation to judges. 

3MT-style presentation

Each trainee will be assigned to a presentation space with up to five other presenters. One static, non-animated slide may be used. Trainees have three minutes to present their research followed by three minutes for questions from judges and/or the moderator. Judges may be WCHRI postdoctoral fellows, academic members and/or Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and/or Alberta Women’s Health Foundation representatives. 

5-minute poster presentation

Each trainee will be assigned to a poster space with up to three other poster presenters. One dynamic slide may be used to support the presentation.  Trainees have five minutes to present their research followed by up to three minutes of questions from poster judges. Poster judges may be WCHRI postdoctoral fellows or academic members.

10-minute oral presentation

Each trainee will be assigned to an oral presentation space with up to five other presenters. Dynamic slides may be used to support the presentation. Trainees have 10 minutes to present their research followed by up to five minutes of questions from presentation participants (judges, moderators and/or audience members, including Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and/or Alberta Women’s Health Foundation representatives). Oral presentation judges and moderators may be WCHRI postdoctoral fellows or academic members.

WCHRI hosts two learning sessions to help trainees navigate requirements and expectations for Research Day. The first session is to help you prepare your abstract and the second session offers specific details about the components required to deliver an effective presentation.

How to prepare your abstract for WCHRI Research Day

How to prepare your presentation for WCHRI Research Day

  • Abstract submission for WCHRI Research Day closes September 15 at 4 p.m.
  • Registration for WCHRI Research Day closes October 31 at 4 p.m.

Applications must be submitted to WCHRI using the Research Day Abstract Submission/ Registration Form. Late submissions are not accepted.

Access to Research Day registration will be closed from September 15 at 4:01 p.m. through to September 16 at 9 a.m.

WCHRI is supported by the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Alberta Women’s Health Foundation. Without their generous support, our institute would be unable to continue to support the research done by you and your colleagues.

You are required to acknowledge the funding sources that contributed to your research. All research is supported in some way by a financial commitment. If you are unsure of the funding source(s) for your project, please ask your supervisor. All research projects funded by or receiving subsidized research services from WCHRI must acknowledge the support of WCHRI and the appropriate Foundation, including using logo(s) on your presentation slides.

Further information on acknowledgement requirements and logo files can be found on WCHRI’s acknowledgements and logos webpage.

Questions? Contact WCHRI grants administration at .