Speakers must upload their talk the day before their presentation time and be in the meeting room 30 minutes before their session begins to
check in with the session chair.
There are two types of oral presentations:
Plenary talks are given by invited speakers and have a total of 25 minutes, including up to five minutes of Q&A, to
Platform talks are a total of 15 minutes including up to four minutes of Q&A
In addition to invited speakers, the organizers will select abstracts for oral presentations based on several criteria, including research
area, scientific impact, and laboratory representation. Authors indicate their preference for either an oral or poster presentation when
they submit their abstract. However, the Program Committee will decide the final designation of oral or poster presentations.
Because oral presentation requests far exceed the number of slots available, all authors should be prepared to present a poster if their
abstract is not selected for an oral presentation.
Standard equipment provided in each plenary, workshop, and platform session room includes an LCD data projector, screen, lectern, pointer,
All regular submitted abstracts will be scheduled as posters. If a regular submitted abstract is scheduled in a concurrent session, the author
must still display and present a poster. The poster area will be open on a 24-hour basis beginning on March 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. through
March 16, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the exhibit and poster area. Posters may be mounted on boards beginning at 5 p.m. on March 12, 2019. Two
posters will share an 8’wide by 4’ tall space. Posters that are larger than 3’8” tall by 3’10” wide will be removed. Please note that the
posters should be formatted in a vertical (portrait) layout. GSA cannot be responsible for items left in the hall including but not limited
to poster tubes, purses, backpacks, etc. Please keep personal items with you at all times.
All posters will be located in the exhibit and poster area at the conference site. You must be wearing your official meeting badge to gain
entry to the exhibits and posters.
IMPORTANT: Poster Size and Format
Each presenter is allotted one-half of a 4' x 8' (height x width) board. Posters should be formatted in PORTRAIT/VERTICAL format. Posters using
more space than allotted will be removed. The GSA staff, facility staff, and personnel breaking down the boards will not be responsible
for posters left up by their authors. Work crews will remove posters that remain on the poster boards after 10 p.m. on March 30, 2019.
The Poster presentation schedule will be available in February, 2019. GSA will place a number on your poster board.
If you do not want photos taken of your poster, you should add this icon to your poster.
Preparing Effective Posters
Here are some tips for ensuring your poster presentation is effective:
PLAN: An effective poster requires careful thought and preparation. It is not sufficient to enlarge an abstract and add
a few figures. First identify your one, two, or three principal messages. Then work out the most effective way to convey those points
and choose a headline to help highlight each message. Your poster should be self-explanatory so that you are free to answer questions
and expand on particular points.
TEXT: Your poster text should be easily readable and the design well organized. Use a type size that can be read easily
at a distance. Text that is too small is the most common problem in poster design. Keep the text succinct.
GRAPHICS: Summarize current research with clear and self-explanatory graphics: charts, tables, micrographs, diagrams etc.
Simple use of color can add emphasis.
TITLE: Prepare a heading at the top of your poster indicating the abstract title, authors, and affiliations. Make the
title large enough to be read easily from a reasonable distance (~ 4 feet). Authors may opt to include a picture of themselves to allow
people to find them to discuss their work after the day of their presentation.
METHODS: Details of methodology should be brief and placed at the end of the legend.
CONCLUSION: Many successful posters provide a bulleted list of conclusions and questions raised.
REFERENCES: Some references should be provided, but they need not be as extensive as those in papers.
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