Important Dates

21-Mar-2018: Registration Open
19-Jun-2018: Author Assignments

Meeting Organizers

Richard Harland
University of California, Berkeley

Rebecca Heald
University of California, Berkeley

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Presentation Guidelines

Oral Presentations

In addition to the invited speakers, the organizers will select abstracts for oral presentations, basing their selections 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. Note, however, that 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.

The organizers will contact all of the authors regarding the length of their talk and question and answer period.

Standard equipment provided in the plenary session room includes an LCD data projector, computer, screen, lectern, pointer, and microphone. If you require a MAC for your presentation, please bring your own computer and a dongle to connect to the projector.

Speakers must upload their presentation at least one day in advance of their session. Speakers must arrive at the meeting room at least 30 minutes in advance of the beginning of the session to become familiar with the equipment.

Poster Presentations

All abstract authors who are not selected for a platform session must display a poster.  GSA and the University of Washington cannot be responsible for items left in the Lyceum 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 Lyceum in the HUB (Husky Union Building).

IMPORTANT: Poster Size and Format

Each presenter is allotted one-half of a 4' x 8' (height x width) board. Each author will have a net useable space of 3'8" (111.8 cm) high by 3'8" (111.8 cm) wide. Posters should be formatted in portrait/vertical format. 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 10:30 pm on August 14, 2018.

Authors will present according to the following schedule:

Monday, August 13
Posters 87 - 142 will be displayed 7:30 PM-8:30 PM Authors of even-numbered poster will present
  8:30 PM-9:30 PM Authors of odd-numbered poster will present
  9:30 PM-10:30 PM Open Viewing - Remove poster at 10:30 pm
Tuesday, August 14
Posters 143 - 197 will be displayed 7:30 PM-8:30 PM Authors of odd-numbered poster will present
  8:30 PM-9:30 PM Authors of even-numbered poster will present
  9:30 PM-10:30 PM Open Viewing - Remove poster at 10:30 pm

Poster numbers and push pins will be available at the boards.  

If you do not want photos taken of your poster, you should add this icon to your poster.

No Photos image

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.