Pacific Peoples' Research Skills Symposium

August 29-30, 2018

Call for Abstracts: PPRS Symposium

The Pacific Peoples’ Research Skills [PPRS] Symposium will be held from August 29-30, 2018, at USPs Laucala Campus, Fiji. The two day Pacific Peoples’ Research Skills Symposium is organised during the Research Week and will provide a forum to learn about:

*The University of the South Pacific adapted the Research Skill Development Framework as a means to incorporate research skills and literacy in USP curricula upon the recommendation of the Strategic Total Academic Review [STAR] Working Group 5. An extended report by the STAR Working Group 5 is available here

Abstract submission for the PPRS Symposium is now open.

Please note that abstract notification of acceptance/rejection are scheduled to be communicated by 18th May, 2018.

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Opens January 24, 2018
Abstract Submission Deadline – Extended May 13, 2018
Abstract Acceptance/Rejection Notifications May 18, 2018
Registration Opens May 3, 2018
Presenting Author Registration Deadline June 1, 2018
Registration Deadline August 3, 2018
Short Paper Submission Deadline June 30, 2018
Symposium Dates August 29-30, 2018

Abstract Submission Guidelines

All abstracts should be submitted in MS Word format via email to janif_s(at) by May 13, 2018.

  • Research work should be original and innovative. Work can be presented prior to the PPRS Symposium, but MUST include new information
  • Abstracts should not exceed 300 words in length
  • There is no limit to the number of co-authors per abstract
  • An international panel of reviewers will review all abstracts anonymously
  • All Abstracts accepted will be on the Symposium website prior to the Symposium
  • It is mandatory to structure abstracts as follows
    • Objectives
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusion

Rules and Conditions for Submitting Abstracts

  • By submitting an abstract, the submitting first-author confirms that all information of the abstract is correct and has been approved by the co-authors.
  • Submission of an abstract constitutes the authors consent for publication (e.g. Symposium website, programme, other promotions, etc.)

Instructions for Presentations

  • The final program will be available 24th of July, 2018.
  • Only presentations where at least one author has registered will be included in the program.
  • The Symposium will see three presentation/paper types:
    • Research: this category includes papers addressing theoretical, philosophical or conceptual issues concerning any Models of Engaged Teaching and Learning [MELT] (eg. RSD Framework), as well as those involving the presentation and analysis of empirical results. 
    • Research-in-progress: this category includes papers focusing on the early results of larger projects, reports of completed pilot projects which might lead to larger projects, and reports of progress on ongoing programs of research into some aspect of  a MELT.
    • Showcase: this category will include administrative and practice developments, and innovations, and experiments in areas of MELT implementation. 
  • Authors may provide a short paper [approximately 2,000 words] by June 30, 2018
  • Presentation time:15 minutes
  • Question time: 10 minutes
  • Speaker switchover: 5 minutes


For questions regarding abstract submission, please contact:

Ms Shaiza Janif
Research Skills Development Coordinator
Phone: (679) 323 2403

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