Oral presentations (except for invited plenary talks) will be scheduled in 20-minute slots. We strongly encourage a presentation of no longer than 15 minutes to allow 3 minutes for questions and discussion and 2 minutes for transition to the next speaker. Please be aware that session chairs will strictly enforce the time limit to ensure that other speakers in the session are given the time promised to them.


Presentations should be prepared with clarity in mind, using easy to read fonts and font sizes. Please avoid the use of red on green and vice versa to ensure that any audience members with difficulty differentiating between these colors are able to read all slide content. The Oceanography Society provides an excellent guide titled Scientifically Speaking on preparing both oral and poster presentations.


Acceptable formats for presentations are PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx) or PDF (.pdf). Videos may be either embedded in the PowerPoint or Keynote presentation or viewed in a third-party media player. Acceptable video formats are .mov or .mp4. If you have any questions about presentation formats, please contact Jenny Ramarui at [email protected].


As early as possible in the conference week—but no later than the evening before a morning presentation and the morning before an afternoon presentation—speakers should bring their presentation on a flash drive to the control table in the plenary room. The technicians will assist with checking and uploading the presentation to the main presentation system.

To aid in organizing the presentations, all files should be named using the following format:

submitters-last-name_presentation-day (e.g., Ramarui_Monday)

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Contact Jenny Ramarui,
Conference Coordinator,
at [email protected]
or (1) 301-251-7708

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