Following on from our discussions during INSOAP AGM at Aptamers 2017 relating to the 3-4 minute ‘flash talks’ by student/early career poster presenters, we are pleased to announce that Dr Sarah Shigdar will chair this session. A number of posters will be selected for short presentations by the symposium committee. If you would like to be considered, please express your interest at the time of registration/abstract submission. There may also be the opportunity of a sponsored cash prize for the best presentation. This session will be run on the first day of the symposium so that participants have as many opportunities to network during the meeting and at the dinner as possible.