Poster Presentation Instructions
Posters will be attended at specific times to allow discussion and questions regarding the research. The exhibits will be open during this time as well. All posters must be removed immediately following your assigned poster session. It is the responsibility of the poster presenter to remove the poster. Failure to do so could result in damage to or loss of the unclaimed poster. BDRP assumes no responsibility for any poster not removed at the end of the session.
The top of your poster board should contain the following information, with letters at least 3/4 inch high:
A copy of the abstract should be posted toward the upper-left corner and a set of conclusions toward the lower-right corner of your poster. These should be printed in letters about 1/4 inch high. Poster information should be legible from a distance of at least 3 to 4 feet. Material, including line drawings, should be clearly presented and maybe computer generated (laser printing is preferred). Please bring your own pushpins. Poster sessions and times for setup and removal are indicated in the program.
Posters will be on display in one of three poster sessions:
Poster Session 1: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM on Sunday, June 23
- Poster should be on display beginning at 10:00 am on Sunday, June 23
- Presenters should be present from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
- Posters must be removed at 7:30 PM on Sunday, June 23
(Failure to remove your poster at 7:30 pm could result in damage to or loss of your poster.)
Poster Session 2: 5:30 PM–7:00 PM on Monday, June 24
- Poster should be on display beginning at 8:00 am on Monday, June 24
- Presenters should be present from 5:30 pm–7:00 pm
- Posters must be removed at 7:00 pm on Monday, June 24
(Failure to remove your poster at 7:00 pm could result in damage to or loss of your poster.)
All participants, including those presenting posters, are required to register for the Annual Meeting.
Platform Presentation Instructions
The Annual Meeting Agenda has a fixed schedule to allow flexibility when moving between sessions. It is important that you strictly adhere to the times outlined in the program. Please note that you will need to use PowerPoint for your presentation. You are encouraged to use the Annual Meeting slide template (16:9 widescreen format) for consistency throughout the platform sessions. Company names and company logos are only permitted on the title slide and acknowledgment slides.
The oral presentation of a scientific paper with digital projection is quite different from the presentation of the same information in a journal article. In a journal article, all the details of the research must be given to allow the reader to evaluate the science. In an oral presentation, you have a limited amount of time and a limited number of slides in which to get across the major thrust of the study. Details cannot be included, only the major ideas. Therefore, each slide cannot contain more information than the viewer can comprehend in a short time. Design each slide to communicate a single idea quickly! Make the print large enough to be seen on an eight-foot screen from 100 feet.
It is important that you practice your presentation prior to delivering it in your session. You should limit the number of slides to a maximum of one slide per minute—fewer slides may be preferable for your presentation. PowerPoint presentations afford the easy opportunity for information overload and can detract from the major points to be emphasized. Keep this in mind when planning your presentation. An exemplary presentation would include at least one introductory slide and a summary slide stating the key conclusions. During your presentation, you are encouraged to use the wireless lavaliere microphone so that your voice is projected properly if you turn your face toward the screen.
The following should help you in your presentation preparation:
- Prepare your slides to communicate ideas, not details. If someone wants details, let him or her ask you during the discussion period.
- Put the minimum amount of information on the slide that is necessary to communicate your idea. After drafting the slide, see what can be left out while still communicating the essential idea. Revise your draft to reduce the material to a minimum.
- Graphical presentation of data often communicates an idea more quickly than the tabular presentation of the same data. Photographs may also be effective but avoid pictures of animals. Please ensure that you have permission to use any copyrighted images.
- A table in a published article is much too detailed for a slide presentation. Take the time to think through what conclusion you want to present from the table and use the least amount of material you can to communicate that idea. In general, a table on a slide should contain no more than three columns and no more than four rows.
- A slide presentation should include a title slide, a slide stating the question or hypothesis to be addressed, and a slide describing the overall approach you used to address the question. A "methods" slide or two should be included but should never provide all the details unless the purpose of the talk is to describe the method. Drawings or flow charts can sometimes be used to present complex methods succinctly. The next several slides should present and interpret the results obtained, and a final slide should give the conclusions of the study.
- If you have more than one slide per minute of presentation, you have too many slides.
- Color and graphics can enhance and clarify your presentation but can also be distracting if not carefully chosen. In general, the text shown on a dark background should be very light and the text shown on a light background should be very dark. Some color combinations that work fine on a computer monitor do not project well.
- If your slide contains a video, make sure you embed the video in your PowerPoint presentation and provide the video file. The presentation rooms will not have internet so linking to a website will now work.
- Be sure to try out your slides or digital presentation before the Annual Meeting to make certain that everything is easy to read from the back of the room.