- Educational Sessions: 30 minutes
- Workshops: Please refer to the “invitation to upload” email or the guidelines of your workshop organiser
Note that your presentation cannot be downloaded by the participants. But just like in a real conference, it is possible for the registered participants to make photographs or screen shots of your presentation. If you do not wish any scientific content of your presentation to be photographed, please indicate this on the according slide(s) in a clearly visible way.
Important Guidelines for a successful presentation
Like all of us, you will have sat through many conference talks, some good and some bad. We have all been to talks which failed to communicate their message because the speaker spoke impossibly fast, perhaps in a very indistinct way, or flashed through large numbers of slides so crammed with detail that nobody could follow them. So please take note of the following:
- Font size: Minimum recommended font size for easy viewing is 20 points.
- Text: Your guiding principle should be “As much as necessary, as little as possible”. The text should be concise and to the point, key facts should be highlighted. No more than seven text lines should be used per page.
- Colours: Colours should be used sparingly. Choose colour combinations that make your text easy to read (preferably dark background – light fonts). Geneticists have no excuse to forget that one male in 12 is red-green colour blind.
- Layout: Keep data on the slides simple. Ensure a logical order of the content. A clear and well-structured arrangement is the most attractive and easiest to view on screen.
- Images and movies: We recommended that you collect your illustration material well in advance. Refrain from selecting too many images and movies. Concentrate on those which emphasise your key points and conclusions optimally. Avoid overlying images on one slide as they cannot be visualised on the final version of your presentation.
- Remember that the vast majority of the audience are not native English speakers – speak clearly (whether or not English is your native tongue) and not too fast. Plan an average of 1 slide per minute, in most cases.