Presentation Instructions

Types of Presentations at SSR 2018

  • Invited Talks: Speakers invited to present in a plenary or symposia.

  • Oral Talks: Presenters whose abstracts have been selected for a 15-minute platform presentation in a symposia or for the Trainee Research Award—Platform Competition. 

  • Poster Flash Talks: Presenters whose abstracts have been selected for a 2-minute presentation will also prepare a Poster for the regular poster session—date TBD.

  • Posters: Presenters whose abstracts have been selected for poster presentation in a poster session.

Slide Presentations
Presentations for invited talks, oral talks, and poster flash talks may be sent to PSAV to upload prior to the annual meeting.  Please email with the following information by July 6th:

  • Include Presenter’s Information
    Contact phone number (preferably cell, as we can then contact them onsite if necessary):
  • Attach Presentation 
    Please name the file attachment(s) as follows:
    Presenter’s Last Name_Day_Meeting Room name
    For example:
  • Confirmation
    Drew Errington will confirm receipt of presentation and ask any questions (if needed) upon receipt of the presenter’s email.
    Please email if you have any further questions on Uploading Presentations.  

Only PowerPoint presentations will be accommodated (no alternative programs allowed)

Movies and image files can be included directly in the file. Only one file may be uploaded, but there is no file size limit.

Presentations not uploaded by 6 July 2018 must be uploaded at the meeting in the Speaker Ready Room. 

Upon arrival at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, please pick up your registration materials and proceed to the Speaker Ready Room where all invited speakers, oral talk presenters, and poster flash talk presenters are required to check in and review their presentations. This room will have computers and trained personnel available for assistance should technical difficulties arise. 

All session rooms will have Master PCs. Individual laptops may not be connected at the podiums in the session rooms.

Presentations must be reviewed onsite and may be modified in the Speaker Ready Room no later than 24 hours prior to the scheduled session.

SLIDE SIZE: Please set your slide size to Widescreen/On-Screen Show (16:9). In PowerPoint 2010, go to Design, select Page Setup, and then choose On-screen Show (16:9) from the dropdown menu for “Slides sized for.” In PowerPoint 2013 and higher, go to Design, select Slide Size, and then choose Widescreen (16:9):

FONTS: A presentation created on a computer that uses one set of fonts may not look the same on another computer that has different fonts. To avoid this problem, embed the fonts in the presentation. Please check your version of PowerPoint for instructions on embedding fonts. If you are still unsure if your presentation will appear as you intend when it is projected, choose only fonts that are easily substituted by any program or format, such as Helvetica, Arial, or Times Roman. You can embed any TrueType font that comes with Windows 7. These include:






Times New Roman

Comic Sans MS

Lucida Console

Trebuchet MS


Microsoft Sans Serif


Courier New

Palatino Linotype


Franklin Gothic Medium




Other TrueType fonts can be embedded only if they have no license restrictions. If a font cannot be embedded (for example, it is not marked as being editable or installable), a message will appear that explains why. Note that saving a presentation with embedded fonts will increase the file size of your presentation. Do not use Unicode or Double-Byte fonts, such as Arial Unicode MS, Batang, SimSun, MS Mincho, and PMingLiu; PowerPoint will not embed them.

Although fonts can be embedded, we recommend using only fonts that come with and are supported by Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 to ensure that slides retain their original look when projected.

IMAGES (MAC USERS): TIFF images compressed with Quicktime will not display in PowerPoint on a Windows computer. If you are unsure about any TIFF images in your PowerPoint file, please bring separate, uncompressed copies of your TIFF images to the meeting, and report to the Slide Preview Room at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled presentation, so that A/V staff can assist you in appropriately formatting the images.

UPLOAD PROCESS: (Read all instructions before beginning.)

  1. Log in to the submission site.

  2. Find the submission that has been accepted to present as an oral talk, poster flash talk, or invited talk.

  3. Click the Presentation Upload button:

  4. Click Attach Presentation Upload Here button:

  5. Browse for the correct file.

  6. Click on the Submit Presentation Upload button:

  7. You may view your uploaded file by clicking the “View File” link located below the Presentation Upload button that is on every web page of the submission system.

  8. If you need to reupload your file prior to the 29 June deadline, click on the Presentation Upload button and scroll to the bottom of this page to Attach a new file. 

File Naming and Upload Tips

  • Name your PowerPoint file as follows: "P[Your Presentation Number]-[Your Last Name].ppt(x); for example: "P28-Smith.ppt" indicates program number 28, First/Presenting Author, Smith.

  • If your institutional server "times out" the upload, you may need to reduce the overall file size by first reducing the size of your images or by uploading one file at a time.

  • As indicated, please do not close or refresh/reload the browser window until the upload is complete.

  • If you continue to have problems, contact Annabel Bendz at  

Duration of Talks

The published schedule will be STRICTLY followed; the symposia are concurrent sessions, and some people will want to move between sessions to hear specific talks in different rooms. If your presentation exceeds the limit, the time for questions will be shortened accordingly. Under no circumstances will you be allowed to speak for more than the time allowed. Please plan and then rehearse your presentation to ensure that you will stay within these time limits: 

Invited Focus Session Talk: Presentations are 30 minutes in length, including 5 minutes for questions. This includes the questioning period. 

Poster Flash Talk: Your entire presentation is limited to 2 minutes; you are limited to two slides maximum, one of which lists the title, authors, affiliations, and abstract number. There will be no time allotted for questions; your formal poster session presentation will allow attendees to ask you questions. Please see the section below for further instruction; remember this Poster Flash Talk presentation is in addition to your regular Poster Session presentation. 

Thank you in advance for your consideration of your fellow presenters and attendees! 

Presentation Tips

Each screen should have a single, clear purpose, tell a unified story, and be understood readily. Each should have a simple, uncluttered format and be free of nonessential information.

To ensure legibility of all figures viewed from the back of a large room, the height of the smallest figure should be no less than 5% of the height of the projected image. Another good rule is that the projected image should be legible when viewed from a distance of 10.5 times its width. Use modern bold type and double spacing. Use a dark-colored background and light-colored type. Avoid using red and green together, as those with red-green color-blindness cannot distinguish between the two. Do not use three-dimensional bar charts unless three-dimensional information is being presented.

As a gauge, the best 10- to 12-minute talks use an average of six to seven screens. Use duplicate screens or hyperlinks if an image is referred to more than once. Timed rehearsals are strongly recommended.

Poster Presentations


Poster sessions will be held in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Program numbers will be indicated on the poster boards; there will be two posters per each side of the poster boards. All posters will be on display the entire meeting.

Poster Sizes and Presentation Tips

Poster must be no larger than 44 inches high by 44 inches wide (111.76 centimeters by 111.76 centimeters). Posters may be mounted either with push pins or Velcro. Push pins will be provided in the poster session room.

Posters should include the title of the abstract and the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s). Illustrations and tables may be similar to those used in making slides, but with bolder, heavier fonts. They should be readable from distances of 4 feet or more. Use color judiciously to add emphasis. Keep illustrative material simple. Please use large type for all text. When feasible, use graphs to demonstrate qualitative relationships and tables for presenting precise numerical values. Photographs should be on matte, not glossy, paper. Brief "Introduction" and “Conclusions” sections are helpful.

Poster Audio Presentations 

Poster presenters may provide an audio description of their posters that attendees access by scanning a QR (quick reader) code on the poster. The QR code may be used for any supplemental information, including audio description, multimedia files, statistical data, jpeg of the poster, etc. This supplemental data is for attendees only and will not affect awards evaluation (e.g., poster presenters who are finalists in the Trainee Research Competition). Complete instructions on how to create an audio recording and make it available to attendees are available here.

SSR 2-Minute Poster Flash Talk—2018 Rules

  1. A maximum of two PowerPoint slides are permitted.

  2. One slide must list the title, authors, affiliations and abstract number in a 24 or larger font size.


  4. The 2-minute clock will begin when your first slide is projected, and no more than 3 minutes will be allowed per speaker. 

  5. Please do not use slide transitions, animations, or "movement" of any type nor any sound or video.

The Goal: Create Interest in Your Poster.

The goal is not to present your entire poster (see rule #3 above).

The goal is to provide a brief background to your research that highlights its objectives and significance and introduces the methods you have used. (Tip: name the species you study, if it’s not in your abstract title.)

You will be addressing an audience informed about the importance of research in reproductive biology, but do not try to deliver a highly technical presentation. Do not present a compilation of data from the poster, rather inform the audience of what they will learn when they view your poster and what you find fascinating about your area of research. This will help attract delegates with common interests and/or overlapping expertise to your poster. 

The Process 

Poster Flash Talks date and time/pending.

The following guidelines will ensure the session keeps to time, in fairness to all presenters.

Poster Flash Talk Presenter: 

  • Sit in front rows.

  • Walk onto the stage immediately after the final slide of previous speaker (screen will go black), and leave immediately after your final slide.

Poster Flash Talk Co-Chair: 

  1. Chair will read Presenter’s name only (with slide 1 from the presenter on the screen). 

  2. Presenter should already be in place at podium, and the Chair will then queue the Presenter’s Slide and the 2-minute clock will begin.

  3. Hopefully, a 30-second countdown clock will appear on Slide as time runs out. The Slide will go blank and the presenter must stop talking and immediately take a seat. No applause or interaction with the audience is necessary.