author: David Jones, B.C.
Published at the Vancouver Congress, 2005
- Slides should be
specifically for presentation purposes) and should remain on display
a significant length of time while you explain them.
- "Flashing" slides is bad
10 slides (including the title/intro and conclusions) is plenty for a
- Leave graphical figures up for
while you talk, textual material up for a short time only. Keep
to a minimum - use abbreviations, acronnyms, etc.
- To check legibility view
your monitor from 10 feet away. Graph axis labels should be
- Use Sans-serif fonts,
or different colours. Light fonts on dark backgrounds are good
textual material, but scientific graphs often work better on a light
- Avoid the use of tables, and
lines to graphs as they clutter the image.
- Keep the backgrounds simple -
a gradual fade.
- Avoid light colours like
do not appear in the conference room lighting conditions.
- Avoid presentation animations
sliding onto page), although animations of content (movies) can be very
- Organize your presentation to
present a story
logically. Emphasize key points.
- Take the time to rehearse your
If it is too long, eliminate material.
Slide Show Illustrating
the Oral Presentation Guidelines
show on how to prepare an effective PowerPoint presentation
(useful for Centre meetings and Congress papers).
show has been converted to pdf and contains the same animations as the
original Powerpoint show.
If anyone wishes a copy of David's
ppt file please contact the webmaster.
Preparation & Presentation
- The presentation should
as in the submitted abstract.
- Indicate the abstract title,
ID# at the top of the board to help interested viewers to find it. This
is especially important if you are a student and are interested in the
student poster prize! Adding email information is helpful in case
want to contact you later.
- Prepare text and figures so
from a distance of 2 meters away.
- A good poster tells a story
followed with the figures. Do not use too much text. Feel free to add
lines, circles to highlight important features.
- The judging criteria (see
poster award may help you in making a good poster (even if you aren't a
- You may wish to include a
so that interested people can find you later in the conference.
Criteria for Student
Posters (used at Vancouver Congress 2005)
Judging criteria will
- Does the title accurately
- Does the abstract concisely
describe the methods, summarize the results, state the conclusion, and
- Does the introduction
context, and justification?
- Are methods clearly
- Structure and organization:
development from the purpose through the methods, analysis, and
Is this comprehensible to an observer not engaged in this work?
- Originality: Unique or
- Technical Merit: Do the
- Analytical Merit: Are the
analysis methods appropriate?
- Visually easy to see and
- Are questions answered
- unique or attractive