Voco Prize for Dental Biomaterials Research – Oral Presentation

The Voco Company graciously offers an annual prize of £300 for the best oral communication on a topic related to dental biomaterials.

Eligibility: Prize entrants should be a postgraduate student or early career researcher within five years of obtaining a PhD. Papers may be co-authored, although the applicant should be responsible for at least 75% of the work presented.  The research will primarily have been carried out in a UK. In order to be considered for the competition, the entrant’s research may not have been published prior to submission (papers under consideration are acceptable).

Submission process: Please submit a 300 word abstract for the meeting to the prize co-ordinator, Professor David Wood; D.J.Wood@leeds.ac.uk.  Detail for the structured format required for abstract submission are found following this abstract format link. 

Submission are only accepted from the researcher wishing to be considered for the prize.  Submissions made by co-authors or supervisors on the applicant’s behalf will not be considered.  The email address through which the submission is made with be used as the address for all future correspondence.  You should receive confirmation of receipt of your submission within 10 working days by a return email from the prize co-ordinator.

Abstract format

Abstracts should be submitted as a word document to the prize co-ordinator.  Abstracts should follow the following structured format.  Ensure all special characters used within the abstract are viewed correctly for the submitted copy of your abstract.

  • Titles: Abstract titles are limited to 10 words or less. The title should be dynamic and conclusive, rather than descriptive, and should be entered in title case format. Capitalise the first letter of each word unless it is a preposition or article. Italicise scientific names of organisms such as streptococci or candida. Titles should not be bold.
  • Authors: The presenting author should be listed as the first author.  For each author list first (given) name, and last (family/surname) name.  On a separate line provide details of author institution/affiliation. Please do not list the department/branch in the institution/affiliation field. If more than one institution is to be listed assign affiliation using superscript numbers eg1, 2
  • Text: The body of the abstract should be 300 words or less. All abstracts should be structured into the following four sections of Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusion. Each section should start on a new line with the relevant subheading in bold followed by a colon. For example:

Objectives: This study aimed to determine . . . .

Methods: Clinical and questionnaire cohort study . . .

Results: Participants mean age was . . . .

Conclusion: The results indicated that. .

  • Abstracts should not include graphics /images.  Small tables are permitted but should be simple and concise. Inclusion of references is not recommended as they need to be fully cited and are included in the word count.
  • If the abstract is based on research that was funded by an outside source, then be sure to enter the appropriate information (funding agency and grant number if applicable) at the end of the abstract. This information is not included in the word count.