Podium Guidelines

***Note, all podium talks will given via the regular Zoom platform (not webinar)***

Each presentation at the meeting must be made by an abstract author who is registered for the meeting.

To allow more authors an opportunity to present their work during live/synchronous sessions, all podium presentations will be 5-minute “lightning talks”. 

Podium Session Organization:

  • Podium sessions will be live/synchronous sessions. Each session will last 90 minutes. You are expected to attend the entire session.
  • The podium sessions will be structured such that four speakers each talk on a related topic in a block, with a live/synchronous Q/A period (approx. 10 mins) available for discussion after each block of 4 speakers.
  • Each session will consist of three blocks of talks/discussion, for a total of 90 minutes.

Important Update: We expect that you will attend and present at your session live. There will be no backup talks needed. We recommend that you have a wired, reliable internet connection during your talk. If there are any technical difficulties, you can retroactively provide a link to your talk that we can add to the recorded asynchronous session.

  • All podium sessions will be recorded and available for conference attendees to stream at a later timepoint. This will allow individuals who were unable to attend the live session to see the content.
  • To continue informal discussion after your talk, there will be SpatialChat rooms available for approximately half an hour after each of the podium sessions.

Lightning Talk Preparation Instructions:

What is a lightning talk? It is a brief presentation format that is common in computer science and similar conferences. Here are some tips for creating a great talk (borrowed from the SB3C conference site):

  • Limit the number of slides you use (we recommend no more than 5)
    • e.g. title slide, motivation, data/results, conclusion
  • Get to your point quickly.  5 minutes is approx. 250 words. Try writing it out.
  • Be sparing with text – pictures, videos, etc. are always helpful.
  • Focus on a single idea (or 2-3 at the most)
  • Have a strong hook – you need to grab the audience’s attention quickly
  • Don’t get bogged down in the details. Those sorts of questions are perfect for a follow-up or offline discussion where you can point people to additional resources/detail.
  • Have fun and be creative!
  • Make it easy for people to contact you for more questions.

Here are some additional resources, tips, and tricks for this format:

The lightning talk phenomena: some tips & tricks for presenting
Giving lightning talks
On lightning talks