ASID NZ Trainee Award

Submissions Closed

The ASID 2016 New Zealand Advanced Trainee Travel Grant is for the best oral presentation by an NZ Advanced Trainee at the ASID-NZ Annual Meeting, 3-5 November 2016, Dunedin. The aim of the award is to encourage trainees to submit high quality presentations of their research.


  • NZ-based advanced trainee in advanced Infectious Diseases (RACP) or Microbiology (RCPA);
  • Current financial member of ASID;
  • Has not previously been awarded an ASID (NZ) advanced trainee travel grant.


This award provides travel, registration and accommodation costs to attend any national or international meeting, up to the value of $3000 – reimbursement by ASID (NZ) on production of original receipts. The advanced trainee does not necessarily have to present anything at that international conference.


  • Eligible applicants should notify the annual meetings organiser when submitting your title and abstract.
  • A covering letter should express the wish to be considered for the travel award, the name of the supervisor for the work and the role played by the applicant in the work presented.
  • A letter is required from the supervisor to confirm the trainee’s role in the project. This can be submitted after the initial application but must be received by the organising committee by TBA.

    Decisions regarding abstract selection will be made by the organising committee based on the merit of the work presented and the contribution of the applicant to that work.

Abstract Submission deadline: 2 September
Supervisor letter deadline: 25 October


Awarded for the best oral presentation by an advanced trainee at the ASID-NZ annual ID/Micro meeting. The judges will consider:

  • Topic interest to the audience
  • Scientific merit of methodology (if relevant)
  • Personal contribution to data collected, investigation of case(s), literature review etc.
  • Impact and value of results and information presented
  • Local or international applicability
  • Effort made in collecting data and preparing talk
  • Speaking clearly
  • Good use of slides (well organised, good summary, acknowledgements, easy to read, appropriate use of graphs and images etc.)
  • Involvement of audience when appropriate (posing questions, inviting experts to comment)
  • Answering questions well
  • Good use of time.

The award recipient will be decided by a panel of at least three judges who are attendees at the annual meeting. Supervisors of applicants cannot be judges. The successful applicant will be announced at the conclusion of the ASID NZ Annual Meeting.

Following the conference the successful applicant attends, using the ASID travel grant, they should provide a brief report to the ASID Office of the particular learnings and how this is shared with colleagues on their return.

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Previous Winners

2016 Veronica Playle
2015 Max Bloomfield
2014 Heather Isenman
2013 Sophie Chen
2012 Michael Maze
2011 James Yew
2010 Debbie Williamson
2009 Steve McBride
2008 Jenny Wong
2007 Rachel Webb