Oral Communications

Guidelines for Oral Communications

Oral communications are strictly limited to 10 minutes duration (and five for discussion). This will be enforced by session chairs and the use of traffic lights. Please ensure that your oral communication begins with an introduction that enables your audience to appreciate its context and the rationale for the study and ends with a form of conclusion/summary that emphasise the key points. Remain focused upon the experimental procedures and data and avoid over speculation. Clarity in your presentation, both audio and visual, will ensure the audience is sufficiently informed to be able to appreciate your work and also to be in a position to ask pertinent questions.

In addition please note the following rules pertaining to oral communications:

  1. No Oral Communications shall be read (Domestic Rule DRA9) either from written script, slides or PowerPoint transmissions;
  2. An Oral Communication shall not occupy more than 10 minutes (Domestic Rule DRA10).

To comply with these rules, and to ensure that Communications are presented in a concise and comprehensible manner, The Society advises that:

  1. Not more than six slides or PowerPoint transmissions should normally be shown;
  2. Any PowerPoint animations should be 'basic';
  3. Graphs should not normally contain more than three curves;
  4. Tables should not normally contain more than 30 values;
  5. All Oral Communications should be rehearsed for time, sense and audibility.