Oral Presenter Instructions
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Each room will be equipped with the following audio-visual equipment:

  • LCD Projector
  • Computer
  • Laser Pointer


All speakers should go to the Speaker Ready Room to upload their slides at least one day prior to their presentation day. A staff person will help speakers upload their slides and other files.  PLEASE INSURE THAT YOUR PRESENTATION RUNS PROPERLY AND ADDRESS ANY PROBLEMS PRIOR TO YOUR TALK TIME! 

Speaker Ready Room Schedule

Wednesday, May 1

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Thursday, May 2

7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Friday, May 3

7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday, May 4

7:30 am - 1:30 pm

If speakers do not upload their slides ahead of time, they can still load them onto the computer before they present. If there are problems loading the presentation at the time of the talk, speakers run the risk of using up their presentation time.

Computers in each presentation room will run in Microsoft Windows with PowerPoint. Presentations should be formatted as 16:9 (widescreen format) which is typically the default setting for PowerPoint.  VGA connectors for Mac computers will not be available. Mac computers will not be used and presentations will need to be transferred from the Mac to one of the meeting room PCs.  We strongly discourage the use of personal laptops for presentation.

New this year:  PowerPoint Notes can now be displayed in the Confex system.  Details will be sent to you with the presentation upload link closer to the meeting.  

Please be in the room in which you will be presenting about 10 minutes prior to your session, so that you can check that your slides are properly loaded. Please bring a copy of your slides on a USB drive in case there is any problem.

For Oral Sessions:

  • Presentations will last 10 minutes
  • After the 10 minute presentation, there will be 2 minutes allotted for questions from the session chair and audience. A Session Chair will strictly adhere to these time limits. 
  • During the 2-minute question and answer period, the next speaker will come to the podium and make sure that his or her slides are loaded and ready for the next presentation.

For Panel Sessions:

  • Your organizer will have arranged the time allotted to each presenter and will help you to stay on schedule.

Suggestions that may improve the quality of your presentation:

1.      For summary slides, use figures as much as possible. Avoid long lists of text. Please use at least 18 point font for text and for labels on figures.

2.      Text is most easily visible when strongly contrasting colors are used for text and background (e.g., do not use red on blue). Things that look clear on a computer screen don't necessarily look as clear when projected in a large meeting room.

3.      Try not to just read text on a slide. Use single (or few) word phrases and elaborate on them verbally.  It is helpful to add animations, such as "Appear," which enable the speaker to walk through each point, especially in slides consisting of dense text.

4.      Keep slides simple. Showing selected data is usually better than showing everything – especially in a 10 minute talk.

5.      A good rule of thumb is to have no more than one data slide per minute.

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