U of M CHEM 4101 - How to Present a Paper or Poster (2 pages)

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In the Classroom How to Present a Paper or Poster P A Huddle Department of Chemistry University of Witwatersrand P O Wits 2050 Johannesburg South Africa huddle aurum chem wits ac za In 1998 I attended the 15th ICCE meeting in Egypt and was concerned that several potentially good presentations were marred by easily remedied errors The ACS Handbook for Speakers points out that presenting a paper before any audience is a privilege which entails an obligation to communicate to the best of one s ability 1 The potential for good communication is attainable but not always realized at conferences and I suggest that stringent requirements similar to those for publication in journals should be given and rigorously adhered to for presentations at conferences Keeping to time is especially important when several sessions are being held in parallel I put forward the following suggestions for oral and poster presentations at conferences to improve overall communication and in the hope of moving towards greater professionalism The ACS Handbook for Speakers contains further excellent advice for authors especially on the production of slides 1 Point 2 below is specifically for overhead transparencies refer to the Handbook 1 for font size requirements for slides Preparing and Presenting a Paper DOs 1 DO write only 8 10 points per slide or overhead transparency 2 DO use a font size between 18 and 24 3 DO keep the font simple e g Times New Roman Universal or Arial Flowery scripts are difficult to read especially if one is not familiar with the words 4 DO use color with care Yellow green and pastel shades fade to nothing on a white background Normally no slide should contain more than three colors one for the background one for the writing or figures and one to highlight the main features on the slide Computer generated slides with a background picture often are too busy and should be avoided for all but the title and final acknowledgments slides 5 DO keep abbreviations to a minimum



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