Oral and Speed Talk Guidelines

Below you will find important information regarding guideline for oral and speed talk presentations.

How long are oral presentations?

Oral presentations are each allotted 15 minutes: 12 minutes for your presentation, two minutes for questions and one minute for transition.

What is a speed talk?

Speed talks are each allotted 5 minutes: 4 minutes for your presentation during which you may present key-ideas, results and their meaning/implication, followed by one minute for transition.

Three slides should be sufficient to allow you to get your point across during this style of presentation but it is at your own discretion to decide how many slides you want to use. Keep in mind that the sessions chairs will be very strict about the 4-minutes time limit; do not force them to cut abruptly your presentation, respect your time limits as well as the rest of colleagues presenting their work.

What format does an oral presentation or speed talk need to be and how do you upload it?

The required format for both orals and speed talks is PowerPoint (PPT or PPTX), Wide screen definition, 16:9 ratio.

In order to facilitate the presentations flow and keep the program on time, presenters will not be able to use their own computers during their presentations.

Please bring your presentations on a thumb drive to the speaker upload room located at the CCIB in Room 119 at least 24-hours prior to your presentation. 

Please embed any videos or audio within the presentation. Include ALL videos and/or audio files in a separate folder on your thumb drive. This will enable us to correct any problems on site.

Try to use a standard font as the machines utilized will typically only have the standard font files on hand.

There will be an A/V technician available onsite to assist you.

The UPLOAD ROOM will be located in Room 119 on level P1 at the CCIB and will be open during these hours: 

Sunday, 8 Dec 12:00 – 18:00
Monday, 9 Dec 07:00 – 18:00
Tuesday, 10 Dec 07:30 – 18:00
Wednesday, 11 Dec 07:30 – 18:00
Thursday, 12 Dec 07:30 – 13:00

There will be several A/V technicians there to assist you with this upload process. This will also be the time to test your animations and that everything is working properly.

That will be it! When you walk into the session room your PowerPoint will be located on the computer at the podium where you are presenting. So there will be no need to plug in USB’s or anything else.

Is there a place I can go to double check my presentation and make sure it is working and practice my talk?

The speaker ready room, Room M213 located on the M2 Floor at the CCIB is a designated room where a speaker can go to practice their presentation. There will be a sign-up sheet on the door to set out a time slot for private use. Here, you may walk through your presentation to ensure you are comfortable and ready to make your presentation at the scheduled time. There will be an LCD projector and screen available in this room, please bring your own computer if you have one.

This room is available during the following hours to schedule a practice time:

Monday, 9 Dec 07:30 – 18:00
Tuesday, 10 Dec 07:30 – 18:00
Wednesday, 11 Dec 07:30 – 18:00
Thursday, 12 Dec 07:30 – 1:00

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If you questions regarding oral or speed talk presentation, please contact abstracts@wmmconference.org