Annual Meeting Guide: Presenting Research at the Annual Meeting

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Are you planning on attending Neuroscience 2017? Whether you will be presenting a poster or networking with prospective employers, SfN’s annual meeting can provide you with an unparalleled opportunity to learn, connect, and advance in your career.

These tips are excerpted from “Your Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Your Time at SfN’s Annual Meeting." Read the full article.

Tips for Presenting Research at the Annual Meeting

  • Think carefully about how you design your poster and organize your talk. Talk to your mentor about the best approach for your research.

  • Prepare a 30 second overview of your poster. When a visitor approaches, begin with the brief overview — don’t launch into a full explanation of your project. Following your overview, let visitors tell you what they are interested in hearing more about, and consider asking visitors how long they have and the level of detail they are looking for.

  • Locate the site of your poster presentation. As your schedule allows, attend poster sessions in advance of your presentation to learn from what others are doing. The poster floor will open on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

  • Pick up a “Poster Presenter” pin at one of the kiosks located on the poster floor.

  • Split your time during your poster session between standing at your poster and speaking with other presenter’s about their posters. But don’t forget, you must stand at your poster during your assigned one required hour.

  • Leave business cards and a printout with information on your project (after you verify you can with your funding agency and PI) when not at your poster.

  • Invite colleagues and friends to attend your poster. You will build confidence by practicing your talk on familiar people. Also, poster session attendees are drawn to a crowd, so this tactic may also increase the number of attendees who drop by.

Do you have any questions or want to share your own tips for presenting research at the annual meeting? Post them in the comments below.


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