Presentation guidelines

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 a traffic light system to help manage timings.  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 emphasises 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:

  • No Oral Communications shall be read either from written script, slides or PowerPoint transmissions
  • An Oral Communication shall not occupy more than 10 minutes

To comply with these rules, and to ensure that Communications are presented in a concise and comprehensible manner, the Scientific Programme Committee advises that:

  • Not more than six slides or PowerPoint transmissions should normally be shown, NOT including title slide and acknowledgements.
  • Any PowerPoint animations should be ‘basic’
  • Graphs should not normally contain more than three curves
  • Tables should not normally contain more than 30 values
  • All Oral Communications should be rehearsed for time, sense and audibility

Guidelines for poster communications

Poster Communications are primarily a tool to allow authors to discuss their research with others. They should contain enough information, together with that in the published abstract, to give readers a good overall understanding of the research. Authors should follow recommendations on font and text size closely. Choice of colours etc. is up to the authors but legibility is paramount – colour clashes (e.g. green text on red background) should be avoided.

Poster dimensions for our meetings are as follows:

  • Standard A0 (841mm x 1189 mm)
  • Portrait orientation (i.e. height longer than width)

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