Presentation Guidelines

Change in Speaker or Cancellation

As a courtesy to the audience, please let us know as soon as possible if there is a change in your presentation. If there is some last minute difficulty, please arrange for someone else to present your poster rather than canceling it. For changes in speaker or program prior to the meeting, please call the OAS Secretariat, (703) 790-1745, FAX (703)790-2672 or email Jill Drupa at

Guidelines for Live Presentations

As you make final preparations for your presentation, please use the following information to prepare.

1. Regular oral presentations includes time for you to walk to the podium, be introduced by moderator, and initiate your computer files. Please plan your actual presentation to be completed in less than your allotted time; allowing time to answer questions as these make the sessions much more interactive. Time limits will be strictly enforced.

2. Every session at the meeting will be furnished with a computer and a computer projector. Computer projection slide format is 16:9 but 4:3 presentations will work fine. They’ll be centered with vertical black bars present on the sides. If you requested audio for your presentation when you submitted your abstract, it will be available in your session. Please bring a copy of your presentation file on memory stick (USB).

3. Presenters are strongly encouraged to have their presentations available in the PowerPoint and/or PDF formats. The following equipment will be provided in all the session rooms:

  • PC computer (not Mac) with PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat software
  • Data-video projector and white projector screen
  • 16:9 format (wide screen); 4:3 presentations will still display correctly
  • Wireless Slide Advancer
  • Podium Microphone

4. Presenters MUST come to the Ready Room to have a member of the program committee check you in and to turn in your presentation.There will be a PC with Windows and Microsoft PowerPoint computer in the ready room and each session room are. All presentations that will presented live will be put into the meeting format and loaded on the computer from the program committee team. The laptop will be running the virtual platform, SignalWire.

5. If you have any difficulties, tell the staff in the Ready Room and they will have an audio-visual technician meet with you to resolve the problem.

6. Delegates who will be giving presentations are responsible to:

  • Upload their presentation to the PC computer in the slide review room at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the session and introduce themselves to the chairperson of the session.
  • Please note that a student volunteer will be available in the session rooms to assist with any audio-visual equipment problems that may arise.
  • All presentations will be recorded through SignalWire and will be available through JW Player for those that have registered for the meeting.

7. The Windows computers provided will accept .PPT, .PPTX, and .PDF. Keynote presentations will need to be converted to PowerPoint or PDF as they will not work on OAS computers.

8. The screens in each session room will be in 16:9 format, but 4:3 presentations will work fine. They will automatically be centered with vertical black bars present on the sides.

Guidelines for Virtual Presentations

The OAS Annual Meeting will be a hybrid meeting with both attendees and presenters either in-person in Philadelphia or virtual from home. We will be using a streaming platform called SignalWire for the meeting. All participants must be registered for the meeting for both options. Speakers will be sent a link to log in to Signalwire in order to present virtually.

1. Click on the link and enter your name, email address and password on the Hello! screen. Once you are on the meeting site, you will find your session number and time as one of the session rooms. As a speaker you will be able to present using your microphone and share your screen with the slides. All attendees will enter the room muted with no video.

2. There will be a room named Speaker Ready Room. All speakers can enter that room anytime and talk with the AV tech monitoring SignalWire. Virtual speakers should join 20 minutes before your scheduled session to test your microphone and screen sharing capabilities.

3. Virtual attendees will be asking questions using the chat feature. We will have a student monitor the questions and ask them from the meeting room. Virtual speakers will be able to hear the questions and answer accordingly at the end of the presentation.


(If you have a secondary monitor it will help. If you don’t see additional steps below)

This is WITH a secondary Monitor:

  • Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  • Move the PowerPoint program to your secondary monitor
  • Open SignalWire on your laptop as the primary monitor, log in using the credentials supplied to you.
  • Within Signalwire room, select “share” then select “applications” tab then select “PowerPoint”
  • Launch your presentation in full screen.
  • Click on the “Video Setting” icon in the bottom tray. Select “Video Full Screen”.
  • Then move your mouse to the secondary monitor to click on the PowerPoint window. Now you drive your slides and present you talk.

This is WITHOUT a secondary monitor:

  • Open SignalWire on your laptop as the primary monitor, log in using the credentials supplied to you.
  • Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  • Within Signalwire room, select “Share” then select “Window” tab then select “PowerPoint”
  • You will notice a 2nd person under your name is now in the room. Unmute the video for it.
  • Launch your presentation in full screen then select “Hide” on the Stop Sharing button at the bottom of the screen.
  • Click on the “Video Setting” icon in the bottom tray. Select “Video Full Screen”
  • Present like you normally would. (You will only see Power Point and not Signalwire when presenting)
  • When you are finished, hit escape, go back to SW and stop sharing PowerPoint.

  • The Virtual Conference platform from SignalWire can be used Chrome, Edge and FireFox.
  • Every time you enter a room in SignalWire, you will see the screen below. Click Continue.

  • Set your camera at eye level: Often, this means propping up a laptop.
  • Position your self-preview window near your webcam: Use your mouse to move your video preview of yourself close to your webcam. This will encourage your eyes to look near the webcam, rather than off to the side, giving your viewers the impression that you are looking at them.
  • Check your light: The best lighting is diffused, from both sides and not overly bright. Two small lamps on either side of your computer, placed slightly behind the camera, is a simple way to achieve attractive lighting. Avoid having a window behind you, as this may create a "witness protection program" effect.
  • Charge your headset: Ensure that your computer and audio equipment are fully charged.
  • Don’t compete for bandwidth: If you are presenting from a location with consumer-grade Internet bandwidth, ensure that you are not competing for bandwidth with others in your household. Someone may have to take a break from Xbox gaming.
  • Silence the interruptions: Turn off your phone and exit any programs that might pop up notifications during your presentation (e.g., Slack, Outlook, Skype, etc.) Note that an iPhone, particularly, will ring on a Mac that's attached to a phone, even when muted. If you have pets, children or poltergeists, take precautions to ensure that they do not disturb your presentation.

Poster Presentations

Please create an .mp4 recording of your poster presentation. It can be up to 4 minutes in length and have up to 4 slides. We will be putting your poster presentation on the OAS microsite for people to view prior to the meeting.