Flash Talk and Poster Guidelines

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Flash Talks

  • What is a flash talk?

A flash talk is a very short presentation lasting only a few minutes in which you present a scientific concept or idea in a manner understandable to those outside your immediate field. 

Rules 

  • A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or movement are allowed. The slide will be presented from the beginning of the talk.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video) or props are allowed
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum. Exceeding the three-minute time period will result in disqualification.
  • Presentations are to begin on the stage.
  • If you are not ready to present immediately when you are introduced, you will miss your opportunity to present.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final.

The clock begins to run as soon as the presenter begins speaking. The timekeeper will hold up a sign when the presentation is within thirty seconds of the time limit. A buzzer will sound at the end of the three-minute period to signal that the presentation has ended.

Judging criteria

Competitors will be judged by a panel of judges using the criteria listed below. The judging panel will be made up of faculty and other postdocs from a variety of disciplines across the university. Each judge scores competitors on a scale of 1 to 10 in each of the three categories:

  • Comprehension and Communication

Did the presentation communicate the research and its significance effectively?

  • Engagement

Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?

Tips

  • Make it relevant. Make your audience care about your research by showing how it makes an impact.
  • Engage your audience. Observe your audience during your presentation. Are they paying attention? Can you adjust your presentation to get their attention?
  • Perfect the timing of your talk. Practice, practice, practice.
  • Project your voice and command the space.  
  • Enjoy yourself.

Prizes 

  • Distinguished Flash Talk (two awards) - $250 each.
  • People's Choice Flash Talk (two awards) - $100 each.

 

Poster Presentations

Rules 

  • Poster should be approximately four feet wide by three feet tall
  • Any weight of paper is permitted
  • Posters must be the original design and creation of the entrant
  • Computer graphics may be used
  • Entrants must set-up their own poster on the day of the event. Details will be forthcoming to those selected to present a poster.

Judging Criteria

Competitors will be judged by a panel of judges using the criteria listed below. The judging panel will be made up of faculty and postdocs from a variety of disciplines across the university. Each judge scores competitors on a scale of 1 to 5 in each of the following categories:

Overall appearance

  • Does the display attract the attention of viewers?
  • Is the display free of unnecessary detail?
  • Is there appropriate use of white space to avoid crowding?
  • Is the script visible from three feet?

Content

  • Is the title clearly stated to include the variables that were investigated?
  • Is the content presented in a logical manner – clear and easy to understand?
  • Is the purpose or hypothesis stated?
  • Is the methods section succinctly described?
  • Do the data or graphics clearly convey the intended information?
  • Are the results presented in such a way so they make sense to the reader?
  • Is a conclusion or future direction stated?
  • Are published references cited?
  • Are there acknowledgments – funding, mentor, co-workers?

Oral presentation

  • Clarity of presentation – Ability to explain rationale or background as well as the hypothesis. Ability to explain methods and results. Ability to discuss work, limitations, difficulties, future direction?
  • Ability to answer questions?
  • Kept answers concise?
  • Engaged with judges – showed interest and enthusiasm?

 Prizes 

  • Distinguished Poster (two awards) - $250 each
  • People's Choice Poster (two awards) - $100 each

 

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