Guidelines for giving an oral presentation at the FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Before the start of the congress
- Prepare your PowerPoint presentation in a 16:9 format.
You may use your own slide format, providing there is no overt advertising. The only logos allowed are those referring to your affiliation. The name of the PPT file should just contain your name and the session number, e.g. Johnson.D4; longer names will complicate uploading to server and website.
- For the latest update on your session and the exact timeslot/duration of your presentation, please check the website.
Upon arrival at the congress
- After picking up your congress materials and badge at the registration desk, hand in your PowerPoint presentation at the Speakers’ room (M4 at the SEC), at least two hours before your session, in order for your slides to be formatted correctly by the audio-visual team and sent to the correct session room.
- The computers in the speakers’ room may be used by speakers to finalise their presentations if necessary. However, we ask that duration of use of these computers is kept to a minimum. We ask that you use the speakers’ room only for the purpose of finalising and handing in your presentation. The room should not be used for meetings, checking email or coffee break.
At the time of your presentation
- Keep in mind that the first language of many in your audience is not English.
Speak slowly and clearly. Speak loud enough and close to the microphone.
- Choose simple, commonly understood language as opposed to technical terms whenever possible.
- Unless instructed otherwise by the chair of your session, prepare your talk from a global, rather than a national perspective.
- Avoid acronyms – e.g. say “World Health Organization” instead of “WHO”. Avoid slang, idioms and jargon. Those outside the language or national group rarely understand them.
- Use generic names of medicines (and avoid branded names or any form of advertisement).
- We recommend that you do not read from your manuscript.
- Do not exceed the allocated presentation time. We suggest you keep your presentation 2 minutes shorter than requested in order to allow time for audience interaction.
- Don’t forget to conclude your presentation with a few “take-home” messages to say what should be kept in mind by participants and could apply to their practice.
- It is important to engage with the audience, in order to provide them with the best learning opportunity. Make a one-minute pause during your presentation to ask the audience a question related to the content or facts from your presentation or reflection (e.g. “Based on what you have just heard in my presentation, raise your hands if you think this fact is true”) or to give the audience an opportunity to think about the presented information. Giving the audience the opportunity to learn and remember your presentation will make your session of even greater value.
Wishing you a successful presentation!