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25-27 Nov 2024 - GCCEC, Gold Coast

Abstract submission

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) invites you to submit an abstract or workshop proposal for possible inclusion in the official AusRAIL 2024 conference program.

NEW TO 2024! Authors will have the opportunity to submit a proposal to run a 75 minute workshop during the conference. Traditional oral presentation opportunities will still be available. 

Please read the following details on how to submit your abstract or workshop proposal before submitting your abstract.

Key dates

Presentation formats

Abstracts can be submitted for oral or workshop presentation.

Oral presentations

Oral presenters will be asked to make a verbal presentation at the conference including a PowerPoint presentation.  The presentation will run for 20 minutes plus five minutes Q+A, totalling 25 minutes. 

Workshop proposals

New in 2024! Authors will have the opportunity to submit a proposal to run a 75 minute workshop during the conference. Your proposal must include a workshop title, an overview of content and desired outcomes, as well as a listing of proposed speakers.

Submission guidelines

General information

  • All submissions must be in English. English is the official conference language, and all presentations must also be in English.
  • Submission titles must clearly indicate the nature of the presentation.
  • Submissions must not exceed 300 words, be clear and concise.
  • References are not required for submissions.
  • All submissions will need to include a photo and biographical paragraph of the primary author/presenter. 

Oral presentations

  • Submissions must not exceed 300 words, be clear and concise, highlight relevant aspects, findings and conclusions.
  • Incomplete abstracts or abstracts not written in English cannot be processed and will not be reviewed.
  • Abstracts submitted under a technical stream must also submit a full paper – details will be shared with successful authors.

Workshop proposals 

  • Workshop proposal must be clear and concise, and no more than 300 words. 
  • You must include an appropriate workshop title, an overview and objectives for the workshop, desired outcomes, and a list of proposed speakers. 
  • Workshops must provide hands on education opportunity, as opposed to being focussed on specific products or services. 

Submission themes

All submissions must relate to one overall theme as indicated below.

You are then also welcome to indicate up to another three areas of interest if you wish when completing the submission process.

Further questions

If you have any queries about your submission or require any further information, please email program@ausrail.com

Terms & Conditions

  • Submitting author hereby commits with the data protection and privacy policy.
  • Submitting author declares that the abstract/s or workshop proposal/s submitted are the original work of at least one author/presenter.
  • Oral presentations can only be presented by a maximum of two authors – the presenters must be a listed author on the submission.
  • All accepted presenters are required to register, pay, attend and present their material at AusRAIL 2024.
  • No funding is provided to presenters.
  • If the submission is selected, consent is provided for the presentation slides, video, audio recording and photos taken during the presentations to be used and published by the Australasian Railway Association and Rail Knowledge Bank, including being provided to delegates of AusRAIL 2024.
  • Submitting author must declare that their work does not conflict with any existing copyright agreements with alternate publishers.
  • If your abstract is accepted for a technical stream (RTAA, RTSA, IRSE or PWI), you must submit a full paper which will be peer reviewed and published in Rail Knowledge Bank.
  • Submissions remain the property of the Australasian Railway Association who reserves the right to publish and distribute.
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