2013 Oral Presentation Guidelines – International Society for Disease Surveillance


We ask that you arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of your session, so that you can load your presentation onto the laptop before the session begins.

Each presenter will be allotted 20 minutes, including time for questions and answers (Q & A). Arrange your talk so that your presentation lasts no longer than 18 minutes, with an additional 2 minutes available to answer questions. The session moderator will serve as a timekeeper; promptly respond to the moderator’s requests to wrap up your presentation, so that the concurrent oral sessions stay on schedule. There will be a very brief transition time between talks — your cooperation in adhering to the designated presentation times is appreciated.

All session rooms will be equipped with an LCD projector, computer, microphones and a screen. Presentations should be presented in Microsoft PowerPoint 2003, 2007 or 2010 (PDF format is also acceptable). Please bring your presentation on a USB flash drive; you may wish to bring a backup copy on a CD. Macintosh computers will not be available in any of the session rooms.

Authors are strongly encouraged to:

  • Bring a duplicate copy of their presentation in electronic format
  • Ensure that all font sizes are large enough to be read from the back of the room
  • Ensure that line widths are thick enough to be seen from the back of the room
  • Ensure that color choices provide high contrast
  • Rehearse beforehand to colleagues who will give you feedback

If you need to make changes or withdraw your abstract from the program BEFORE the conference, please submit your request via email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as soon as possible. Be sure to include your assigned abstract number (Control ID) as well as your abstract title in all correspondence.