Competition prize categories 

Open to all applicants: 

  • Future Farming – New science that will benefit Animal Health award ($1,800 prize
  • General Animal Science Research award ($1,000 prize
  • Animal Science Innovation award ($1,500 prize
  • Animal Production Research award (AAAS two year membership prize) 
  • Best livestock genetics poster award ($500 prize)
  • Best poster presentation award (Cattle Baron ‘A game of high steaks’ board game prize) 

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students only:

  • Innovation for the red meat industry award ($1,500 prize)
  • Innovation for the poultry industries award ($1500 prize)

Early career researchers only:

  • Innovation for the poultry industries award ($2000 prize

How to enter?

  • Complete your poster - A1 portrait using your organisations template
  • Fill out the entry form
  • Choose your category - max two per person
  • Upload your Scientific Poster (PDF file, max 5MB) 


What will you be judged on?

Stop And Look: overall design makes you stop and take a closer look;    

Clear Message: delivers a clear and readily found takeaway message;            

Design: visuals, layout, and text used well;       

Relevance to Award: most impactful research in the award nomination. 

Who can enter the competition?

  • The poster competition is open to all Animal Science Researchers.
  • Specific categories are limited to Honours, Masters, HDR, and ECRs.
  • Participants are welcome from all The University of Queensland; Institutes, Schools and Faculties as well as colleagues from CSIRO and the Qld Department of Agriculture & Fisheries.

Who is categorised as an ECR?

An Early Career Researcher (ECR) is someone who is, at the time of the event-within their first eight years of academic or other research-related employment, allowing for uninterrupted stable research development following completion of postgraduate research.


  • Entrants must be available to present their posters on the day of the Animal Science Olympics.
  • Each applicant can only enter up to two categories.
  • Recipients of a cash prize need to invest in professional development activity agreed by their supervisor.  
  • Honours students are encouraged to apply but can only claim their award prize whilst still a student or during a subsequent PhD studies program.


The University of Queensland, (St Lucia campus)
Queensland Bioscience Precinct
Building #80, 306 Carmody Road
Room: 3.142 & 3.146 (Large seminar room)


Professor Ala Tabor T: 07 334 62176 or E: or Mel Rowan, Centre for Animal Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland, T: 07 3346 2714 or E: 

About Animal Science Olympics 2023

About the Animal Science Poster Olympics

The Animal Science Poster Olympics were established in 2012 by Professor Ala Tabor, the competition run by QAAFI's Centre for Animal Science.

In previous years the competition has attracted more than 50 participants, both research higher degree students and early career researchers in animal science from different UQ Schools and Institutes, CSIRO and the Qld Department of Agriculture & Fisheries.

The competitors present their research across many broad areas of animal science including koala healing, rumen microbiology and bovine genetics.


Large and Small Seminar Room, Building 80, Queensland Bioscience Precinct, St Lucia.