If you’ve been selected to present your poster in the Poster Slam, please read the following instructions carefully.

The Poster Slam provides a unique opportunity to present your latest findings in a concise and entertaining fashion. Use this opportunity to share your research with a live, captive audience and highlight the importance of your work.

All Poster Slams will be presented in the Chesapeake Ballroom prior to each poster session. During the Poster Slam you will be allowed ONE SLIDE and ONE MINUTE to advertise your poster and tell the audience why your work is important, provocative, and/or novel. Leave your audience wanting more and increase your poster traffic.

The Poster Slams are lively and fast paced. Your attentive and engaged participation is crucial for the session to run smoothly.

One Minute, Really?

Yes! You will have only 60 seconds to present, so you need to plan your Poster Slam presentation carefully. You will be allowed one slide to accompany your presentation and showcase your findings.

Choose your graphic and bullet points carefully (and sparingly). Please do not present a single slide of your entire poster. It will be too small and require too much time to present. Rather, present one slide that illustrates your method, a critical graph, or 4-5 bullet points that highlight your most important findings and/or a provocative implication of your work. PowerPoint animations are permissible, however embedded videos and animated GIFs are not allowed.

We will precede your slide with a “title slide” that displays your poster number, your poster title, your name, and your authors. You can save space on your slide by not repeating this information (although you are free to do so).

Prior to the Poster Slam, please practice your pitch and time yourself. Make sure you are within the 1-minute time limit. It is essential that we limit the presentations to one minute in order to accommodate all participants. Your Poster Slam should leave your audience wanting more.


Each Poster Slam session will have a moderator who will control the timing of the presentations and advance the slides. Prior to the session, you will be instructed to line up on the stage in numerical order (based on your poster number). Once the session starts, the following process will repeat for each speaker.

  1. The moderator will display the “title slide” for your presentation and introduce you by name.
  2. When your name is called, please take the podium.
  3. Once you are in front of the microphone, the moderator will display your slide.
  4. Begin your presentation as soon as the slide appears. The slide will be on screen for 60 seconds.
  5. When your slide disappears, PLEASE STOP TALKING and walk off stage.
  6. The audience will clap ONCE, and the moderator will proceed to the next speaker.

Uploading Your Slide

To upload your slide: Log in to your SNL account, then click Upload Poster Slam Slide and follow the instructions.

You must upload your slide no later than November 1 through the SNL website. If you miss this deadline you will forfeit your Poster Slam presentation. We cannot accommodate slide submissions or changes at the meeting; you must present the slide you uploaded prior to the deadline.

You can upload your slide as many times as you like up to the deadline. Uploading a new slide will overwrite the previous slide.

Slide Requirements

  • The uploaded file must be a PowerPoint (.pptx) file containing a single slide.
  • The slide must be 4×3 aspect ratio (not widescreen, 16×9).
  • No embedded video or audio.

Poster Slam Sessions and Information Sessions

SNL staff will be present in the main auditorium for an Information Session during which we will explain logistics and information about your Poster Slam session. We will provide you with details about where to line up, use of the microphone, timing, and so on. It is highly recommended that you attend your Information Session.

You must arrive no later than your Speaker Arrival Time shown below. This is 15 minutes prior to your session start time. Proceed to the stage and identify yourself. SNL staff will line you up and provide last minute instructions as necessary.

Day, Date
Poster Slam
Session A Wednesday, Nov. 8 7:15-7:45 am 9:50 am 10:05-10:20 am
Session B Wednesday, Nov. 8 12:00-12:30 pm 2:20 pm 2:35-2:50 pm
Session C Thursday, Nov. 9 7:15-7:45 am 9:20 am 9:35-9:50 am
Session D Thursday, Nov. 9 12:00-12:30 pm 5:35 pm 5:50- 6:05 pm
Session E Friday, Nov. 10 7:15-7:45 am 9:20 am 9:35-9:50 am

For details on each presentation, see Poster Slam Sessions.

Let’s have fun with these new Poster Slam sessions. We look forward to making this a smashing success!

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