79th Annual Conference Speaker Guidelines

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Congratulations on the acceptance of your abstract in the 2024 AAPOR Annual Conference program!

If you have questions about your presentation:  Contact AAPOR Staff at info@aapor.org.

Preparing Your Presentation

Session Time Limitations:

  • Keep your session time limitation in mind. Each concurrent session will be 90 minutes long. Most Paper and Panel sessions will consist of five presentations, and Methodological Brief sessions will consist of six to seven.
  • Presentations in Paper and Panel sessions should be limited to 20 minutes or less, depending on the number of papers presented in each session. Any remaining time in the session will be allocated to brief moderator comments and floor discussion.
  • Presentations in Methodological Briefs sessions should be limited to 10 minutes or less, depending on the number of briefs to be presented in each session. The shorter length makes it possible to accommodate more presentations than Paper and Panel sessions. As with Paper and Panel sessions, any remaining time will be allocated to brief moderator comments and floor discussion.

Audio-Visual Equipment

Each presentation room will have the following equipment available:

  • Laptop computer equipped with Microsoft PowerPoint / Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Projector and screen
  • Lectern microphone (dependant on room size)
  • Computer audio

Important Dates:

March 1, 2024
Deadline to finalize/edit abstract

March 31, 2024
Deadline to register for the 2024 conference and secure your presenter position

May 13, 2024
Deadline to upload session materials to the Speaker Center and send a copy to your assigned moderator

Uploading Your Presentation

Presenters accepted to speak at the 2024 AAPOR conference will have access to a personalized Speaker Center where they can make edits to their abstract, submit materials, and find moderators/co-presenter information.

  • All presentation materials must be uploaded to the speaker center prior to the conference to ensure our AV team has time to test and troubleshoot the materials for a seamless presentation opportunity; this must be completed prior to May 13, 2024.
  • If you failed to upload your presentation materials prior to the deadline, you must bring your presentation materials on a flash drive to the registration desk at least 60 minutes prior to the session. Our Presentation Expert team will help load your presentation into our system.

Delivering Your Presentations to the Moderator

All sessions have a moderator, which can be found in the Speaker Center and in an email notification. Moderators must receive copies of presentation materials no later than May 13, 2024. Please consider the moderator’s responsibilities and forward your presentation as soon as possible.

Tips for a Successful Presentation

  • To avoid delays, presenters should be in the room 15 minutes prior to the start of the session.
  • DO NOT READ your paper. Speak from notes, not the written text of your paper. Presentations are so short that only the most important results of your work can be communicated. Identify the 3 to 5 most important ideas you want to convey and concentrate on those.
  • Create an accessible PowerPoint for all users:
    • Avoid animation and transitions: they can be distracting, not give users enough time to read each slide and cause problems with screen readers.
    • If you embed multimedia (which is not recommended in general), ensure it is captioned and audio is transcribed.
    • Use fonts such as Times New Roman, Tahoma, Arial, and Verdana and a font size of no less than 20 point.
  • Use audio-visual aids when appropriate, but keep the following in mind:
    • Avoid presenting tables with many cells.
    • Make your print BIG: the overhead/slide must be read by people as far away as 50 feet from the screen.
    • Common mistakes include displaying tables directly from your paper without simplifying them and using fonts that can only be seen from the first few rows.
    • Present just a few important facts on each slide.
  • Keep to the time allotted to you in the session guidelines. Rehearse your oral presentation to get a realistic sense of its timing. When you run over, another panelist loses time for his or her presentation, or the discussion is curtailed.
  • Watch for a signal from the moderator that your allotted time is getting short or has been used up. If the latter happens, wrap up your presentation immediately.

Poster Presenters

Congratulations on the acceptance of your poster as a part of the 2024 AAPOR Annual Conference program!

If you are not planning to be the primary presenter, please relay the following information to your co-authors as needed.

if you have questions about your presentation:  Contact AAPOR Staff at info@aapor.org.

Guidelines for Poster Presenters

  • Plan on setting up early – the fabric poster boards will be available at the following times before the start of the poster session. The poster sessions are located in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Pushpins will be provided to mount your materials. Remove your poster board immediately following the poster session. Any posters left behind will be discarded.
  • Each poster session will be 60 minutes long. Authors are required to stand by their posters during the entire session. Be prepared to give a brief summary of your research and answer any questions from visitors.
  • Each poster should fit into the allotted space of 8′ wide x 4′ tall (one side of the poster board), which means posters should be 8′ x 4′ or smaller.
  • The preferred method of presenting a poster is to provide the information on a single, integrated poster-size sheet containing brief highlights of each of the following:
    • Title of presentation, author(s), and affiliation(s)
    • Statement of problem/hypotheses
    • Explanation of design and methodology
    • Results
    • Conclusions, recommendations, or implications

Although poster sessions may give you time to discuss your project at length, most attendees will be attempting to get an overview of multiple posters being presented in the session. It is best to prepare a quick (1-2 minute) oral summary of the paper for those who have limited time. Having hard copies of your paper or a “fact sheet” from the poster for interested visitors is highly recommended.

MAY 15 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
MAY 16 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
MAY 17 11:45 am – 12:45 pm 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm