Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs for Presenters
What presentation audiovisual equipment is provided by SRCD in each room?
Laptops are not provided; you must bring your own.
- Poster Sessions: NO audiovisual is provided or needed. Please see questions #3 and 4 below. All individual posters displayed in these sessions will be presented on standard 8' wide x 4' tall poster boards.
- Flask Talk and Paper Symposium Sessions: One LCD projector (PC compatible; be sure to bring an adapter for connector cord if using a Mac laptop or have a relatively new laptop), a screen, sound, and a microphone will be available in your presentation room.
- SRCD does not provide laptops. Any additional audiovisual equipment needed for your presentation must be reserved and paid for by the presenter. Please read this important information if you have a relatively new laptop: Adaptors for Laptops. To avoid any technical issues, please travel with your adaptor if you have a Mac or a newer laptop.
How long should my presentation be?
- Conversation Roundtable
These are 90-minute sessions and is intended as a forum for a discussion and not for presentation of specific research findings. Therefore, a Conversation Roundtable does not include PowerPoint slides. The audience must be given 30 minutes to respond to the questions/issues raised and to introduce additional questions and comments to the panel.
- Flash Talk Sessions
These are 90-minute sessions in total with time allotted for audience discussion. Each flash talk should be a 6-to-8-minute presentation and may include 4-to-8 slides. An LCD projector, screen, sound and a microphone will be available in your presentation room.
- Poster Presentation
These are 90-minute unopposed sessions.
- Paper Symposium
These are 90-minute sessions with a 10–15 minute presentation from each paper with 15-30 minutes allotted for audience discussion and questions. An LCD projector, screen, sound and a microphone will be available in your presentation room.
What size are the poster boards?
- SRCD provides a poster board that is 8 ft. (2.4 meters) wide and 4 ft. (1.2 meters) high, with a 2-inch (2.4 centimeters) frame all around and mounted on a 4 ft. (1.2 meters) stand.
- This poster board space is devoted to one poster presentation; the actual poster size is at the discretion of the presenter but may be no larger than the allotted space.
When should I put my poster up and take it down?
- SRCD provides push pins on-site to hang your poster on the poster board.
- Mount your poster on the designated board during the 15-minutes before the start of the scheduled poster session (or the morning of your session so that other participants can view your poster throughout the day).
- Please remove your poster promptly at the end of the session so that the poster for the next session presenters can prepare.
- Please take your poster and any additional items with you when you leave the poster area.
Tips For First Time Poster Presenters
To help make the poster presenter session process less intimidating, here is a list of tips for presenting your poster at any meeting, enabling you to make the most out of the opportunity and add enjoyment to the experience!
Do your best to stand at your poster for the entirety of the meeting poster session. If you do need to leave your poster for any reason, ensure you include your contact information, so you can be contacted by meeting attendees who may read your poster while you are not there.
Engage Your Audience
Remember to be enthusiastic - your research is exciting! Even towards the end of the poster session, it is essential to remain enthusiastic when your energy levels may be lower. If you find your work interesting, your audience is more likely to as well!
The “Elevator” Pitch
First impressions count. To pique the interest of your potential audience, you should have a concise synopsis (maximum three sentences and no longer than two minutes) of your research prepared, which contains three vital bits of information:
- What is your research topic?
- What have you found?
- Why is that important?
Creating a Story
Once you’ve reeled in your audience and they are eager to learn more, it’s time to build the narrative of your research. Like all great stories, your research needs a beginning, a middle, and an end. Aim for this to be 10 minutes long or less.