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2021 Australian Pain Society 41st Annual Scientific Meeting

2021 Australian Pain Society 41st Annual Scientific Meeting In the IASP Global Year About Back PainConference: 19 - 20 April 2021 | Pre-Conference Workshops: 11 April 2021 | Virtual

Rising Star Award Applications Are Now Closed

This award showcases rising star pain researchers in Australia, and may be awarded annually subject to the application of suitable candidates. The Rising Star Winner will receive a return domestic airfare, accommodation, and complimentary registration to attend the 2021 APS 41st ASM, where they will give a plenary presentation to showcase their work and ideas.

Rising Star Award Application Key Dates

Rising Star Award applications open

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Rising Star Award applications close 

11.59 pm AEDT Tuesday 13 October 2020

Notification of acceptance

October 2020

Award winner registration deadline

Tuesday 23 February 2021

Eligibility criteria

  • Nominees must hold a PhD, and be within 5 years of conferral by the deadline of this award application.
  • Applicants can be working in any field of pain research, including basic science, biomedical, clinical and other applied or cross- disciplinary sciences.
  • The selection committee will take into account personal or extenuating circumstances that might provide grounds for consideration if the above eligibility criteria are not met. 

Please include details in the nomination form such as:

- Time out for maternity/parental leave/carer’s leave/illness
- Significant breaks in research time (e.g., due to clinical work, reduced research-focussed post-doctoral employment)
- Pro rata (so relative to opportunity for those working as clinicians or teaching/research posts)

  • Only individual scientists are eligible (not research teams)
  • Applicants must be available to attend APS 2021, and to deliver the Rising Star presentation
  • Applicant must be a member of the APS
  • Australian citizen/resident, currently working in Australia and have spent at least two post-doctoral years in Australia, or have returned to continue working in Australia 

Selection criteria

This award will be based on excellence in pain-related research achievement, demonstrated from the applicant’s track record, including: 

  • Specific research achievements or discoveries 
  • Research impact/application
  • Collaboration achievements – independent of your supervisor
  • Publication record (quality and impact of publications; e.g., H-index, standing of journals, citations)
  • Grants obtained (as a Chief Investigator)
  • Patents held
  • Peer recognition: Awards or prizes, national profile, international profile..

COVID-19 Statement

The Australian Pain Society is 100% committed to bringing you a conference in 2021. 


We are currently working towards a hybrid format in order to give delegates the opportunity to meet in either the traditional face to face setting, or via an online platform.  


We are also developing a virtual program so that we are prepared, should it be necessary to convert to a fully online platform.  


Generally speaking, the APS expects all presenters to attend the conference and present in person.  Should this not be possible in 2021 due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, the APS will work with presenters to convert their presentation to be streamed via an online platform. 


No matter the format, we will make sure all delegates have an opportunity to network, collaborate and learn. 


Please submit your valuable contributions with full confidence that the APS will do whatever needs to be done in order to deliver the ASM in the safest possible way in April 2021.