Instructions for Presenters
A .Tips on style
- Tell a story.
- Focus on one idea, and explain why it is important.
- Think of the audience: researchers, broad expertise.
- Think of how people in other fields might be able to relate to/use what you present.
- Provide enough background so the audience can follow your talk.
- Stress the following (a) what is the significance or the impact of your work in the broadest way possible (e.g. in health, finance, environment, policy or fundamentally in human knowledge)? (b) In which way does your work help/improve this broad field?
- Unless you specifically present a technical innovation you discovered, do not delve into the technical aspects of your work. Even if it was hard work figuring them out.
- No jargon without explanation and keep it to an absolute minimum.
- Avoid acronyms in the talk (or think of having a permanent legend on your slides reminding the audience what this means). If you absolutely need to use one make sure to define it.
- A picture is worth a thousand words.
- Words are only necessary in order to distill for the audience what the image or you say. Avoid detailed descriptions and aim to headline-like structure.
B. Tips on presentation
- Plan for around one slide per minute.
- Do NOT go overtime!
- Do no use busy backgrounds on your slides, keep a single clean design throughout the presentation.
- Minimize complex animations and transitions in your presentation
- Legible fonts. Recommended sizes: 30pt+ for titles, 20pt+ for (sparse) text.
- Figures should be well-labeled. Make sure you include a title of what the plot is and understandable annotation for the axes.
- Use bullet points, not blocks of text.
- Only show what you are talking about and talk about what you show!
- Keep acknowledgements to a minimum.
C. 1st NYU PoIntS organization and perks
- Make sure you practice. We are available to offer one-on-one help to everyone giving an oral presentation. If you would like to practice please email futureofscienceNYU@gmail.com to set up a practice session.
- Make sure to arrive at 8:30am to pre-load your talk and to make sure all your slides are displayed correctly.
The maximum dimensions for a poster are 40'' (100 cm) in width by 60'' (150 cm) in height. In addition, the minimum font size for poster text should be 26 pt.