Present Your Paper

Get ready to present your work at a conference.


A key part of the research and review process is presenting and defending your work in front of peers at a conference. Your first step in getting ready to present is to determine what key message you want to communicate to your audience.

Most conference presentations are 10-20 minutes long so you will not have time present all the details of your work. The objective of your presentation is to get people interested in your work, not to explain it to them fully. 

Begin by stating the purpose or goal of your research to convince your audience that your work is important. Provide a very brief literature review to give some context and then move on to the important points of your own research. Finally, conclude by reiterating the importance of your research and emphasizing the key points.

Remember that your slides don’t have to tell the story on their own; slides are meant to illustrate your work, not explain it entirely. Use graphics where possible and limit text to phrases and bullet points rather than full sentences. Once you have drafted your slides, record yourself practicing your talk with the slides so that you can identify areas for improvement. Be sure to stay within your time limit and leave time for questions from the audience.