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45th DPS Meeting Abstract and Presentation Information
Last updated: Sunday

The abstract submission period is now closed for DPS.

Detailed Abstract and Presentation Instructions

Meeting Presentations

Poster Presentations

  • Posters allow far more time and flexibility and are the default presentation type. Posters are ideal for using charts, graphs or detailed visual aids. The poster area serves as the meeting’s social center.
  • Your presentation should fit within the 44" x 44" area. Poster boards are slightly different at each meeting and may be as large as four feet square. Pushpins will be provided.
  • We will arrange poster sessions by topic.
  • Each day of the meeting there will be time set aside for the poster presentations when no other sessions are scheduled. The authors need not be present the entire time but should post the hours when they will be present at their poster.
  • Posters may be set up starting at 8:00am each day, and must be removed by the end of the Poster Session. Posters left up after the end of the Poster Session will be discarded.
  • When preparing your poster, remember to use bold graphs, photographs, figures, and tables. Include a title and the names of authors in large type. Text should be large enough to be legible from a distance of three to four feet, ~ 20 point font. Keep the poster simple and easy to read. For further recommendations read, How Do You Prepare A Research Poster? on website.
  • Consider posting a photo of yourself with your presentation.

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Oral Presentations

To give an oral presentation, select “oral” as presentation type on the abstract form. To avoid too many oral sessions running simultaneously, the number of oral presentation time slots are limited. Oral presentations may be changed to posters if there are no remaining slots. All authors whose abstracts are changed will be notified.
  • Each oral presenter is allotted 10 minutes total—approximately 5 minutes for the oral presentation, 3 minutes for Q&A, and 2 minutes for speaker transition.
  • When preparing your presentation, we suggest a maximum of three slides for a five-minute talk. Slides should be uncluttered and easy to read.
  • Practice a few times so the presentation fits comfortably into the five-minute slot.
  • All presentations for oral sessions must be submitted to the Speaker Ready Room, where they will be distributed to the appropriate presentation laptop by our technicians.
Preparing your DPS oral presentation

The demand for oral talks at DPS this year was so high that only 70% of requests could be granted. If you were lucky enough to get an oral talk, here are some tips from the organizing committee for how to make the most of your good fortune:
  • 1 slide per minute is a good pace for content-rich slides.  Contributed talks should be about 7 minutes long (or about 12 minutes long for PhD talks).  Do the math.
  • Focus on why you did the work and what you learned.  You won't have time for extensive introductory material, or detailed descriptions of techniques.
  • Make sure there's a "take home" message on the final slide, and leave up your conclusions during questions so the audience can absorb them- don't replace them with a "Thank You" or "Any Questions?" slide.
  •  Graphics:
    • Simplify!  Show only the essential stuff on your graphics   
    • Label your axes with text large enough to be legible from the back of the room. Don't label axes with symbols you defined a couple of slides back- spell out whenever possible. 
    • Don't use bright green, yellow, or cyan, on a white background.  You might be able to see them on your computer screen but they tend to disappear on a projected image.
    • Similarly, don't use blue on a black background

There's more good advice from Emily Lakdawalla at