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Guidelines for Three Minute Teaser (TMT) Presentations

Presentation Lengths, File Formats and other Housekeeping

The purpose of the Three Minute Teaser (TMT) is to share the HIGHLIGHTS of your research and the MAJOR take-home message/s. All poster presenters are required to present a TMT. The audience, after hearing the TMT, can meet the presenter at their poster during the tea slots on the day of their presentation, to get further details of the work and engage in discussions with the presenter. The TMT should concentrate on the main results and conclusions, and avoid going into details about methodology, background and acknowledgements.

TMT presentations will be strictly limited to three (3) minutes, and the session chair will stop the presentation even if it is not finished. There will be no questions - people may ask questions at the poster.

All TMT presenters are required to submit a physical poster presentation.

In order to ensure the smooth running of the program and avoid any potential technological issues relating to the running of the presentations themselves, we have a policy of first collating the sessions? presentations prior to the session itself, and of testing these first to ensure their performance. It is at this point that all the presentations will be tested for functionality. Should any issues be noted, enough time will be available to address these.

Presentations should be handed in at the designated audiovisual laptop in the Secretariat office according to the timetable which will be on display. As a general rule, presentations should be handed in before the beginning of the session prior to the session in which you are presenting.


Presenters will be asked for a final time to confirm if the recorded presentation can be posted online. Presenters are expected to ensure that their presentations include all relevant acknowledgements and that the materials used in their presentations (incl. photographs and other images) do not breach copyright.

Please be aware that we will be utilising the latest version of PowerPoint. In order to ensure that there is no distortion/image loss during the course of your talk, it is requested that all presentations are built using the widescreen template dimensions (16:9). Please note: the following formats are NOT supported: saving to PowerPoint 95 (or earlier) file formats, and Pack and Go Wizard (.ppz) files.

In the past, some presenters have requested that allowance for embedded videos also be made. If you would like to follow up on this option, please could you contact (Noel,, and Pragna, regarding the specifics.


TMT presentations should be limited to a MAXIMUM of four (4) slides:

  1. Title slide - title (same as on poster); list of authors/co-authors and their respective institutions (underline the presenter's name); hypothesis/question being tested/examined. Include a small graphic of the full poster so the audience knows what to look for.
  2. Results slide/s (maximum of two) - the most important or interesting results, preferably summarised in a figure or table. Use SI units in text, figures, and tables.
  3. Recommendations/summary slide – the most important recommendations, limited to three bullet points. Is there one unique fact you can leave your audience with?


???? TMT presentations should be designed to pique the interest of delegates with a view to encouraging them to view the poster and engage with the presenter.

Simplify, summarise, streamline!

Do not try and cram more than one slide's worth of material into a single slide.

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???? Do not read out or acknowledge the list of authors, the audience can read!

???? Do not acknowledge funders or supporters, this will be on the poster.

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???? Do not give a long introduction or background to the subject, just a brief overview of why the subject may be important and of interest to delegates and the symposium.

???? Keep explanation of methods to an absolute minimum.

???? Focus on the results and the associated recommendations. Use colour, shapes and/or animations to emphasise key figures/points where appropriate without getting distracting.

???? Rehearse your presentation, and aim for 2 min 40 seconds

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