Presentation Information

Changes to Scientific Program for 2021

Given meeting space limitations and in order to minimize transit between adjacent rooms the meeting will be held in a single room with no concurrent sessions. Unfortunately, this means that only 75 oral presentations can be accommodated across the three days of the event. Thus the registration process will be different with caps on registration for presenters as well as non-presenters. Registration will be on a first-come basis and is likely to fill up quickly. If you plan to attend and/or present please do so at your earliest convenience.

NASBR One Presentation Policy

Each registrant is only allowed to be the presenting author on one presentation.  A registrant may be a coauthor on any number of presentations.  A presenting author that cancels registration may not have a coauthor present their paper unless that person is a paid registrant and is not already doing a presentation.  The Presentation Schedule will be posted on this website when it is finalized (this may take several weeks beyond the abstract deadline).

Unless you hear otherwise from the Program Directors, you may assume that your abstract will be accepted as submitted.

NASBR Abstract Acceptance Policy

NASBR will accept submitted abstracts in the order they are received.  Every effort will be made to include all submitted abstracts in the program.  We encourage all registrants considering a presentation to submit their abstracts early and not wait until the submission deadline. 


All Oral Presentations will be 15 minutes in total duration.  It is highly recommended that presenters use 12 minutes for the presentation and allow 3 minutes for questions and transition. 

Priority is given to presentations from Spallanzani and Villa Awardees and for Student Oral Honors on Thursday.  Student Oral Honors oral presenters may only present in a session designated for student presentations (they may not present in a topical, plenary, or other special session later in the symposium).  For information on award eligibility see the Student Awards section of this website.

All presentations will be in PowerPoint on a Windows computer, therefore, Mac users should verify that their presentations work well in a Windows environment.  Anyone using video or sound clips should make sure in advance that they will operate seamlessly with the presentation equipment provided – no extra time will be allowed for compatibility issues.  Contact the Program Directors before the abstract deadline if you are requesting specialized media capabilities for your presentation.

Please do read the following documents:

How to Avoid PowerPoint Presentation Problems

Slides should consist of short headings and main points with relevant graphics.  Do not overcrowd information on slides.  Use large fonts that will project clearly and be readable by people in the rear of a large room of up to 400 people.  Avoid complex tables and graphics.  If you have to tell the audience, “you can’t read this,” then please do not include it.  For example a phylogenetic tree can be simplified to show only the major branch points not every branch on a complex tree. 

There are many good resources available on giving effective oral presentations.  We encourage presenters to seek guidance and feedback on the preparation of their presentation.  Some excellent resources include:

Alley, M.  2013.  The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid.  2nd Edition.  Springer.

Brigham, R. M.  2010.  Talking the talk: giving oral presentations about mammals for colleagues and general audiences.  Journal of Mammalogy 91:285-292.

Langin, J.M.  2017.  Tell me a story!  A plea for more compelling conference presentations.  Condor 119:321-326.

Please NOTE:

  • Name your file as Day_Time_YourLastName (e.g., Thursday_1430_Horst).  

  • To ensure that sessions run smoothly and on time, all oral presentations PowerPoint/PDF files should be uploaded to the provided Dropbox link or brought on a flash drive to the registration desk by 5:00 pm the day prior to the presentation. Presentation files will not be accepted the day of the presentation. Failure to submit your presentation file in a timely manner may result in a cancelled or rescheduled presentation.
  • NASBR uses a 16:9 (widescreen) projection format. It is highly recommended that you format your slides to be 16:9.  If your slides are in the old 4:3 format they may not occupy the entire screen (black borders on the sides) and will appear small to the audience.

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