Presentation Instructions

General Information on Abstracts

Abstracts will be proofed, corrected and approved by the MSA Program Committee member in charge of abstracts (GerardAdams), and you will be able to access your abstracts directly to make changes up until March 15. You will be able to check the appearance, status and scheduling of your presentation on the website. The abstracts will be published on-line in the Inoculum issue preceding the meeting, but there will not be a printed book of abstracts.

Rules on Numbers of Presentations

Each registrant is encouraged to present, as primary author, one oral contribution or one poster contribution. Registrants are welcome as co-authors on additional presentations if another author serves as the presenter.

Those individuals interested in making more than one oral or poster presentation should contact the Chair of the Program Committee, Gerard Adams, and provide him with information on the additional oral and/or poster that might fit into the program should space allow.

Space is available for approximately two-thirds of the projected number of registrants to present, as primary author, one oral and one poster contribution. If the number of oral/poster presentations exceeds the number of slots, preference will be given to graduate students, post-docs and early career researchers.  In the event that the number of oral or poster presentations does not reach the maximum limit, every effort will be made to accommodate individuals requesting more than one oral/poster presentation.

Oral Presentations

Regular oral presentations are 12 min for the talk and 3 min for questions. Symposium presentations are 30 min (25 for the talk and 5 min for questions).

Oral presentations must be created in PowerPoint. PC computers running Microsoft Office 2010 will be provided. If you want to use your own PC or your own Mac because of complicated movies or other factors, please let the session organizer know before the start of the session, and be prepared to change computers on the fly. If you plan to use a Mac, please bring an adaptor. If you are using the PC provided, please load your presentation before the session or during the break using either a USB flash drive or CD. Laser pointers will be available.

Poster Presentations

Posters will be displayed on free-standing 2-sided room dividers in the Lincoln Room (see Kellogg center map). Posters should be maximum of 44 inches wide and 44-48 inches high. Push pins will be provided.

There will be two poster sessions, on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 8:00-10:00 pm. If you are assigned to Monday you can put up your poster that morning. Monday presenters should remove their posters by 8:00 am Tuesday, at which time the Tuesday presenters can put up their posters. Please remove all posters by Wednesday at 8:00 am.

Each space will be marked with the abstract number/code assigned to that poster. Each presenter (or a co-author) should be present at their poster during their assigned session to answer questions.