Guidelines For Science Conference Presentations
Presentations usually are in one of two forms at a scientific conference: Oral or Poster. Your conference organizer(s) will decide in what format your team will present your research.
Five minutes will be allowed for the normal oral presentation and three minutes for open discussion and a question and answer period. Your presentation should include visuals to help your audience follow your presentation. The visuals can be overhead slides, or a computer presentation using software such as Microsoft PowerPoint. When preparing your presentation, try to use a maximum of three slides or transparencies for a five-minute talk. Slides should be uncluttered and easy to read; only essential information should be presented on the slides. A good rule of thumb: if you cannot read your slide without magnification, the lettering is too small to be read by your audience. Clearly label and explain all graphs or images presented. Practice a few times so the presentation fits comfortably into the five-minute slot. Have members of your science team help you during the practice to get you used to answering questions about your work.
The poster format affords the author(s) far more time and flexibility in presenting information. Posters are ideal for those using charts, graphs or detailed visual aids. The poster area serves as the social center of the meeting. Also, to avoid too many oral sessions running simultaneously, the number of oral presentation time slots is limited.
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