Length of Presentations – Abstract Presenters

All abstract presenters should prepare a five-minute talk. There is some time built in for questions and transition, but you must complete your presentation in the dedicated five minutes. Please note, the moderators have been instructed to strictly adhere to the time constraints. 

Important: Please report to the stage area in Grand Ballroom A-D at least 15 minutes before your session begins. You will be instructed to sit in the front row to minimize transition time between speakers. 
Length of Presentations – Panelists and Keynote Speakers

Please prepare your presentation for the length communicated to you via email. 

Presentation Submission

Presentations should be prepared in the 16:9 (widescreen) slide size using Microsoft PowerPoint. If you prefer to present using your Macbook, please contact Alison Cockrell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Presentations are being collected both prior to the Symposium via a file upload system and onsite via the Speaker Ready Room.

Because time is very limited during the session, uploading your file via the link provided below or in the Speaker Ready Room AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE is crucial.  
To submit your presentation in advance, please use the following directions:
  • Name your file with your abstract number and your surname, e.g., BR-1_Kassell.
  • Go to https://file.ac/36T2VaRGXu8/ 
  • Select “Click Here to Upload.”
  • You may drag and drop your file or browse your computer and select your file. Please ensure the filename follows the naming convention noted above (abstract number, underscore, surname).
  • Select "UPLOAD."
  • The upload will begin – if the upload reaches 100%, and the page reverts to the original upload page, your upload was successful.
If you have video within your presentation, we strongly recommend you upload the presentation early. This will allow for testing of compatibility with the meeting software.  

If you make changes to your presentation after your initial upload and need to update the file, bring your final presentation to the Speaker Ready Room in the Technology Office on the Second Floor of the Hyatt Regency Reston 24 hours before your scheduled presentation. Do not upload a new version. Please also bring a back-up copy of your presentation on a thumb drive to your session.

Speaker Ready Room 

There will be staff available in the Speaker Ready Room in the Technology Office on the Second Floor of the Hyatt Regency Reston to help you prepare for your presentation. You may stop by during the hours listed below. 

Speaker Ready Room Hours

Sunday, October 21, 2018
4:00-6:30 PM

Monday, October 22, 2018
7:30 AM-5:30 PM

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
7:30 AM-5:30 PM

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7:30 AM-5:30 PM

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:00 AM-Noon