Instructions for Presenters of Lightning Talks and Posters
Toward Sustainable Foodscapes & Landscapes
Joint Annual Meeting of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS), and the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS)
June 19 to 22, 2013, East Lansing, MI

Lightning Talks Guidelines

We plan to show lightning talks live on the web at the following url:
(a free livestream account/sign up is required to view)

Important: Slides are not required, but strongly encouraged. Here's a good starting point for advice:

I'm also big fan of Cliff Atkinson's "Beyond Bullet Points." He has a template for five minute presentations available here:

You MUST submit your presentation slides to by:
10am, Monday, June 17
in order to be compiled for your session.

I hate Microsoft, but because it is the most common format, PowerPoint files are strongly preferred. Other formats, such as Keynote and Impress will be converted to PowerPoint, therefore it is best if you do the conversion before submitting to ensure it appears the way you want. We plan to have a remote to advance the slides so you don't have to be tied to the computer.

Be prepared to:
* arrive at least 10 minutes early for final instructions
* present in the order you appear in the final program
* introduce yourself (a title/author slide will help the audience)
* finish within 5 minutes sharp (a large timer will show your minutes and seconds remaining)
* be cut off if you try to go longer than 5 minutes

Poster Guidelines
Posters will be displayed using tripod stands and a piece of 40” (vertical) x 60” (horizontal) foam core. Please note that 40” x 60” is the maximum amount of space available. You will want to mount your poster on the foam core so that it “frames” your poster a bit. For example, if you plan to have 4” of foam core surround your poster the maximum size the poster can be is 32” x 52.”

There is a FedEx Print Shop less than 1/4 mile from Kellogg Center (626 Michigan Ave.) if you would prefer to print the poster after you arrive.

Judging Criteria
Judging Criteria regarding content:
•How well does the poster communicate the author's message?
•Does the poster tell an interesting story that makes you want to learn more about the work?
•Is the research underlying the poster empirically sound and of high quality?
•Does the poster present new and important findings?
•Does the poster try to do too much?  (It can be difficult to effectively present and develop more than three or four main points in a poster.)
•Are any graphics, figures or tables in the poster well integrated with the text?
Judging Criteria regarding presentation and style:
•Is the poster visually interesting and appealing?
•Does it have a clearly defined and legible title that can be read from at least one meter away?
•Are captions provided for figures and legends provided for tables?
•Are both axes on any graphs appropriately and clearly labeled?
•Is the text of the poster well-written?
•Is the text of the poster free of typographical errors?
•Does the poster present the names and affiliations of the people who did the work?
•Is contact information provided for viewers who might have questions or want to learn more about the work?
•Is all the lettering easily readable?  (We not specify font or point, but other professional societies require at least 20 point font on posters)
Judging will take place during the formal poster session and the winners will be announced at the end.  A total of four awards will be made. Two awards, a first-place and honorable mention will be given to “student-only”* posters and a first place and honorable mention award will be given to non-student posters.

*Please let me know if you wish to be placed in the "student-only" category (email link at bottom of this page).

Additional advice on posters can be found here: