Oral Presentation

A good oral presentation has a clear objective, a well-defined structure and uses clear and simple illustrations. All presenters should use the conference power-point template provided for your oral presentation. 

Objective & Structure

Your objective defines what you wish to achieve with your presentation. To achieve a realistic objective you must consider the characteristics of your audience: their motives for attending your presentation, their interests, their knowledge level and their intentions. 

The structure of a good presentation is as follows: 

  • Define the subject, give a general outline and state the goals of your presentation in your introduction. 
  • Work out your presentation in more detail. 
  • Summarise and draw conclusions, which refer back to your introduction. 

We recommend you to make an overview with the estimated timing of your presentation and to prepare yourself for questions from the audience. Rehearsal of your presentation is strongly recommended! Please note that presenting to a live audience can take a little longer than during a rehearsal.


It is important to adhere to the time schedule: 20 minutes in total per presentation (Questions and Answers will be made during the open panel discussion of each session.). 

Generally, audience’s attention is high at the beginning of a presentation, will decrease and is at its worst about two thirds of the way through. When you reach the conclusion, their attention will increase again. You can help your audience to concentrate by restricting detail to a minimum, using variety in visual aids and tone of voice, maintaining eye contact and by summarising frequently.

Poster Presentation

The posters will be displayed on Day 3. Poster presenters will have the opportunity to discuss their material with other attendees. 


In order to obtain a design for your poster which aims to generate active discussion it is recommended to: 

  • Use the poster template 
  • Include the paper reference (abstract number) and presentation title on your poster. 
  • Place the highlights at eye level (i.e. the upper half of the wall element). 
  • Divide each poster into at least three equal columns for readability of text. Illustrations may extend over 2 or 3 columns.
  • Text and character size:
    • Word-process all text (including captions) and print on a plain light coloured background
    • Use a minimum font size of 18 points. (text should be readable from 2 meter away) 
  • Illustrations: 
    • Should have a resolution of 300 dpi to be suitable for printing on A0 
    • Should be placed large enough on the poster so it is readable from five feet away 
  • Poster Format: 
    • The maximum allowed paper size is A0
    • There is one (1) poster board available per presentation; you are required to use `Portrait` layout for your poster. 


As the presenter of a poster you have the distinct advantage of being able to draw the attention of your audience to particular illustrations. These can be studied and discussed in more detail. 

To have a successful presentation, make sure your poster is attractive, well laid out and largely self-explanatory. The explanation of your poster should complement your visual display.


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