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5 Minute Rapid Presentations

2017 Presentation Uploading instructions

Uploading Options:

  • Upload your presentation online by October 13, 11:59 PM/EDT
  • Upload your presentation no later than the day before your presentation in the Speaker Ready Room (Tampa Convention Center, Room 16)

How to Upload Your Presentation:

  1. Your presentation must be in PowerPoint or PDF format (30MB or less) to upload online. Files larger than 30MB and any associated media (audio or video) files with .avi, .wmv, .wma, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .mp3, or .rm file extensions must be uploaded onsite no later than the day before your presentation.
    (Note: The Speaker Ready Room is not open on Saturday: Those few individuals who are being recorded on Sunday will have to upload by the 13th online, or in the Meeting Room before the session begins on Sunday - the earlier the better.)
  2. If you did not receive your customized upload link via email, you may login with your abstract ID number and password at:
  3. Indicate whether or not you grant permission to record the audio and slides from your presentation in order to post online after the meeting, and then click Save.
  4. Click on the Upload Presentation button, browse for your file, and follow the instructions to upload it.

Speaker Ready Room Hours:

  • Sunday, Oct. 22, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Monday, Oct. 23, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:00 am - 12:00 pm


The importance of being concise

Simplify. SumMarize. Streamline.

Helping scientists strive for brevity in their communications, the Societies offer a compact style of presentation at the International Annual Meeting called "5 Minute Rapid" presentation. The training video to the right explains how to structure your talk to fit the "rapid" format.

In standard writing and presentation recommendations, experts state the following length limits:

  • Six words—recommended titles
  • Three minutes—best readership of blog posts
  • Three minutes—best viewership of YouTube videos

By following a 5-minute format, you are joining the leading edge of science communications.

5 Minute Rapid Benefits

What will you get out of doing a 5 Minute Rapid?

  • Brevity creates excitement. Be prepared for robust discussion about your research after the session is over.
  • Combine with a poster presentation, and the 5-minute talk becomes your “advertisement” for the poster session.
  • Experience with being concise gives you tools to communicate effectively with the public, funders, and other audiences.
  • Most importantly, you will learn to tell your story in a clear, succinct manner. In a world on information overload, we are truly successful only when we help others see why our work is important in a short, impactful way.

5 Minute Rapid Format

There will be three slides per talk. An optional template is downloadable from this site, and the 5-minute training video on this page gives examples of how to get to three slides within a 5-minute presentation.

  1. Title slide (six words)—uses the question as the title and lists authors/co-authors and their respective institutions.
  2. Results—one slide, including figure/table. Use SI units in text, figures, and tables.
  3. Recommendations/summary slide.

FAQs about the 5 Minute Rapid talks

  1. Questions about PowerPoint formatting:

  2. Questions about the technical program or other non-5 Minute Rapid questions:

  3. Will I really be limited to 5 minutes? Yes. The moderators are trained in this format and will ensure "Rapid" sessions run smoothly so all presentations run on time.

  4. How can I get help with making sure my talk is 5 minutes? Watch the training video on this page, and send any format and editing questions to Susan Fisk.

  5. Are there examples of other 5 minute talks? Yes, watch the 5 minute video training to see one in action.

  6. I want to change my title to more closely represent the 5 Minute Rapid format. Is this possible? Yes, editing of submissions can be done all the way up to the Annual Meeting. You will need your email submission confirmation, which contains login instructions. You will then be able to edit author, title, content, etc.

  7. I note an emphasis on 3 slides from the Rapid Presentation Training Video and PowerPoint Template. Is this the rule? Yes, based on previous experience, the committee has set a three slide rule in order to keep talks to 5 minutes. As a "rapid" presenter, you will need to stick to that format.



Abstract submissions are closed.

Use your Society login information to edit your existing abstract.

Submission Tools:

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Nonrefundable abstract fees for: Feb. 28 - May 9 May 10 - May 23
All Non-Members $75 $100
Professional Members $50 $70

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Members*
*You must be a student member of the Societies.

$30 $50


Early abstract deadline: May 9, 4:00 PM CDT
Final abstract deadline: May 23, 4:00 PM CDT
Program published online: Mid July
Abstract editing deadline: Aug. 10*, 4:00 PM CDT

*This is the editing deadline for the printed program book and abstract CD. Edits can continue to be made for the online program and app.

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