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.
All plenary session presentations are 15 minutes: 12 minute presentation and three minutes for questions and answers.
Standard equipment provided in the plenary room includes an LCD data projector, screen, lectern, pointer, and microphone.
All speakers must upload their presentation at least one day in advance of their session in plenary session room. 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. Use the format below
to label your presentation. This format will make it easier for the computer technician to display the correct presentation.
Last Name Presentation #
Test your presentation on a MAC or PC, other than your own, to insure the fonts are standard and components such as movies run properly.
Your PowerPoint presentation should help clarify ideas, emphasize key points, show relationships, and provide the visual information your audience
needs to understand your message. Please consider the following suggestions as you plan your presentation:
Preparing Effective PowerPoint Presentations
- Presentations should be in 16:9 format.
- Keep visuals clear and easy to read. Abbreviate your message. SIMPLE graphs, charts and diagrams are much more meaningful to an audience
than complex cluttered ones.
- Avoid using too many patterns and graphics in one frame.
- Use a minimum of words for text and title frames. Five to eight lines per frame and five to seven words per line are the maximum-fewer
- Use upper and lower case lettering, which is more legible than all capital letters.
- Vary the size of lettering to emphasize headings and subheadings, but avoid using more than three sizes per frame.
- Select sans serif type (example: Arial) which projects better and is easier to read than serif type.
- Maintain the same or similar type sized from frame to frame, even if some frames have less copy than others.
- Keep all type horizontal, even in charts.
- Consider color with care. A dark background with highly contrasting text and graphics is most readable. Cool colors (example: deep blue,
turquoise, purple) appear to recede and make white or light colored text more readable. In one study, blue was found to be the most
effective background color for projection. Do not use red for text; it is extremely difficult to read.
- Highlight your main point or heading with a dominant color (example: yellow for the heading, white for body text). Avoid the use of intensely
bright or saturated colors that compete with the text.
- Maintain a consistent color scheme. Use no more than six colors throughout your presentation.
- Select backgrounds to enhance your text or graphics. A background that transitions smoothly from lighter to darker shades of the same hue
can be effective. Some software packages permit the gradation from one color to another. A textured background can be effective, but
it should not detract from or compete with text or images.
- Remember the basics of good design: Plan a template. Use colors consistently with light fonts on a dark background. Keep text clear and
easy to read.