Presenter Guidelines

Paper/Oral Presentation Guidelines

  • You will have approximately 20 minutes to present and 10 minutes to answer questions.
  • We do not need your presentation in advance. 
  • You may bring your laptop. There will be hard lines in all rooms to hook your laptop up. 
  • If you prefer, you can bring your presentation on a flash drive to load prior to your session.
Please be advised that all speakers need to:
  1. Register for conference.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

The informal interactive process between an author and a host of viewers is probably the most beneficial aspect of poster presentations. Authors have the opportunity to give and receive so much diverse information about their work in a short period of time. This process, however, is highly dependent on the visual clarity of the display. If it is not clear, authors spend most of their time repeatedly explaining the “whys” and “hows”, and have little opportunity for meaningful discussion. In an attempt to improve your experience, the following recommendations are offered.

A.  Components of a Poster Presentation:

  • Title and Author(s):  Across the top of your display, provide the title of your work and identify the authors so that interested members can find you easily.
  • Purpose or Question:  It is helpful to include in your display a clear, concise statement of the purpose of you work. This directs the viewer’s attention toward the major points you wish to emphasize.
  • Method:  Summarized in an outline, bullet points or a short paragraph.
  • Results:  Presenting the main findings. You can verbally discuss and elaborate points that need clarification.
  • Conclusions:  To make your display as self-explanatory as possible, include a conclusions section. Use this section to summarize the primary conclusions that may be drawn from your work and how they relate to your stated purpose. Ideally, discussion will focus on your conclusions, alternative interpretations and the implications of your work.

B.  Poster Preparation: 

  • Posters are typically the most common poster size (48" x 36") and orientation (horizontal)
  • Viewers must be able to read your display from a distance of at least 3’ and usually over the heads of others.  All lettering should therefore be at least 3/8 inch high (27 pica points) and heavily drawn.  Block letters are more easily perceived that other types of printing.  Color adds interest and directs the eye.  Captions identifying the different sections of the presentation help organize the information and add clarity for the viewer.  Feel free to add photographs.  They create interest.
  • For those poster presentations that may not easily fit into the format described because of the nature of the work, the title, author(s), purpose and conclusions should be clearly presented. The method or results section should be modified, or identified differently, to clearly reflect the nature of the work. A good rule of thumb is to make your display as self-explanatory as possible.
  • Presenters are allowed to hand out papers with the full text of their studies or make the addresses of Internet sites containing the information available, but may not advertise any product as part of their presentation.

C.  Poster Presentation Schedule

Posters will be displayed on TBD. Posters must be set up between 8:00 am and 8:30 am. Authors are to stand with their posters during the times listed below to answer any questions the viewers may have. Posters are available all day on Saturday for attendees to view.

           TBD-please check the conference program for updated schedule

We hope these guidelines will be helpful in making your display self-explanatory; leaving you free to supplement and discuss particular points with your audience. 

Please be advised that all poster presenters need to:

  1. Be a current member of AAHN.
  2. Register for conference.