Oral Presentation Guidelines

Anyone accepted to present a paper is required to provide an electronic Powerpoint presentation upon your arrival at the meeting. Should you have any questions, please contact the meeting chairs, Pat Kennedy or Matt Mitro at Program@wildtroutsymposium.com

Please use the following recommendations to develop your presentation.

Presentations are scheduled in 20-minute blocks. Three things must happen during this block: the speaker introduction (1 minute); the talk (15-16 minutes); and the question and answer period (3-4 minutes). The moderator will notify you when your presentation reaches 15 minutes. You will be asked to leave the podium at 20 minutes.

Oral presentations should contain: introduction, objectives, methods, results, conclusions/implications. Objectives should be clearly stated. Avoid unnecessary detail in methods unless the methodology is the central topic of your talk. Primarily discuss the results and conclusions. Conclusions should relate back to objectives.

Presentations must start and end on time, no exceptions in order to keep the meeting running smoothly.

Podium-mounted computers, lighting, and microphones are not always dependable. Be prepared to give your talk without such aids, if necessary.

An excellent article for speakers is "Strategy and checklist of effective scientific talks" (Ecol. Soc. Am. Bull. 72: 8-12, 1991). See also a recent article (Fisheries 30(5):34-38, 2005 - 5.2 MB PDF) by Michael Fraidenburg on effective use of Powerpoint.