For Oral Presenters

On arrival at the venue, we request that all oral presenters register at the dedicated speakers’ desk, leaving enough time for your presentation to be loaded onto the AV system. This is to help us ensure your presentation will be ready for you during your slot.

Time allocation

The time allocation for Oral Communications ranges from 15 to 40 minutes. Please make sure that you check your time allocation in the Programme Online.

The time allocation of your presentation is inclusive of time for questions. Please allow 4-5 minutes for these at the end of your talk. As a general rule, we recommend to allow 1 minute per slide, for example, if you have been given a 20 minute time slot, you should aim to use ~15 slides in total.

Speakers who over-run their allocated slot will have their presentations cut short by the Session Chair.



Each session concentrates on a specific theme (such as genetics, clinical trials etc.). Many of the sessions will commence with a general overview, setting the scene for more detailed presentations later in the session.

Please remember that many of those in the audience will not have your background, but are nevertheless interested in this field of investigation, and will want to take away an understanding of its relevance to MND research in a broader sense.

During the conference there will be three sessions; biomedical (A), clinical (B), and alternative mixed (C) session. The audience of the biomedical sessions will be different to that in the clinical sessions. Please see below for guidance about talking to different audiences.

Audience for Biomedical Sessions (sessions ending in ‘A’, for example ‘2A’)

The majority of the audience will be basic scientists and clinician-scientists (mainly neurologists) from different biomedical disciplines. Where possible, tend towards a summary of background work rather than detailed review. If explaining a novel or advanced technology, please take sufficient time to outline why the use of the technique is important for MND research.

Audience for Clinical Sessions (sessions ending in ‘B’, for example ‘3B’): Both clinical researchers and those involved in care practice will be present, with a range of knowledge and expertise. Research-based presentations may require an accessible introduction to the research field, with time taken to explain technical terms or jargon. Presenters should try to close by addressing the question ‘What does this mean for care practice, now or in the future?


Content and technical guidelines

  • Please use Microsoft PowerPoint, with a minimum text font of 14.
  • We recommend that you use widescreen layout (16:9; in PowerPoint, this can be changed in the ‘Design’ tab -> Slide Size)
  • Simple colour schemes work best, so try and resist the temptation to be ultra-colourful.
  • Try to restrict information on your slides to 5 key points at most.
  • Please leave time to summarise and consider posing a list of unanswered questions as your last slide.
  • If you don’t wish the audience to take pictures/recordings of your slides, please place this ‘do not distribute’ image in the top right-hand corner of each applicable slide (see the Social media policy section below).


Social media policy

We actively encourage the use of social media during the Symposium and request that you adhere to our social media policy.

We are making presenters aware of this policy prior to the meeting, and you have the right to ask delegates not to disseminate your research (images of slides/quotes etc.). If you do not want your presentation to be discussed in this way, please state this clearly at the beginning of your presentation, or use a ‘do not distribute’ image on the slides you do not want the audience to take pictures of.

Session chairs will also be made aware of the policy and will remind presenters during the meeting.


Symposium app

The official Symposium app is now available to download via the Guidebook platform – find out more about the app and how to download it on our website. The app will allow you to get in touch with other delegates, ask and answer questions, rate and discuss talks, access all abstracts and get instant notifications about programme changes.


Share your experience

Remember to stay up to date with the Symposium via Twitter, using #alssymp or #alsmndsymp, and the Symposium website.

We will be reporting from the event via the Periodic Table of MND Research on the Symposium LIVE page, which will be updated for this year’s Symposium in late November.