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How to Make a PowerPoint Presentation of Your Research Paper

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A research paper presentation is often used at conferences and in other settings where you have an opportunity to share your research, and get feedback from your colleagues. Although it may seem as simple as summarizing your research and sharing your knowledge, successful research paper PowerPoint presentation examples show us that there’s a little bit more than that involved.

In this article, we’ll highlight how to make a PowerPoint presentation from a research paper, and what to include (as well as what NOT to include). We’ll also touch on how to present a research paper at a conference.

Purpose of a Research Paper Presentation

The purpose of presenting your paper at a conference or forum is different from the purpose of conducting your research and writing up your paper. In this setting, you want to highlight your work instead of including every detail of your research. Likewise, a presentation is an excellent opportunity to get direct feedback from your colleagues in the field. But, perhaps the main reason for presenting your research is to spark interest in your work, and entice the audience to read your research paper.

So, yes, your presentation should summarize your work, but it needs to do so in a way that encourages your audience to seek out your work, and share their interest in your work with others. It’s not enough just to present your research dryly, to get information out there. More important is to encourage engagement with you, your research, and your work.

Tips for Creating Your Research Paper Presentation

In addition to basic PowerPoint presentation recommendations, which we’ll cover later in this article, think about the following when you’re putting together your research paper presentation:

  • Know your audience : First and foremost, who are you presenting to? Students? Experts in your field? Potential funders? Non-experts? The truth is that your audience will probably have a bit of a mix of all of the above. So, make sure you keep that in mind as you prepare your presentation.

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  • Your audience is human : In other words, they may be tired, they might be wondering why they’re there, and they will, at some point, be tuning out. So, take steps to help them stay interested in your presentation. You can do that by utilizing effective visuals, summarize your conclusions early, and keep your research easy to understand.
  • Running outline : It’s not IF your audience will drift off, or get lost…it’s WHEN. Keep a running outline, either within the presentation or via a handout. Use visual and verbal clues to highlight where you are in the presentation.
  • Where does your research fit in? You should know of work related to your research, but you don’t have to cite every example. In addition, keep references in your presentation to the end, or in the handout. Your audience is there to hear about your work.
  • Plan B : Anticipate possible questions for your presentation, and prepare slides that answer those specific questions in more detail, but have them at the END of your presentation. You can then jump to them, IF needed.

What Makes a PowerPoint Presentation Effective?

You’ve probably attended a presentation where the presenter reads off of their PowerPoint outline, word for word. Or where the presentation is busy, disorganized, or includes too much information. Here are some simple tips for creating an effective PowerPoint Presentation.

  • Less is more: You want to give enough information to make your audience want to read your paper. So include details, but not too many, and avoid too many formulas and technical jargon.
  • Clean and professional : Avoid excessive colors, distracting backgrounds, font changes, animations, and too many words. Instead of whole paragraphs, bullet points with just a few words to summarize and highlight are best.
  • Know your real-estate : Each slide has a limited amount of space. Use it wisely. Typically one, no more than two points per slide. Balance each slide visually. Utilize illustrations when needed; not extraneously.
  • Keep things visual : Remember, a PowerPoint presentation is a powerful tool to present things visually. Use visual graphs over tables and scientific illustrations over long text. Keep your visuals clean and professional, just like any text you include in your presentation.

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Another key to an effective presentation is to practice, practice, and then practice some more. When you’re done with your PowerPoint, go through it with friends and colleagues to see if you need to add (or delete excessive) information. Double and triple check for typos and errors. Know the presentation inside and out, so when you’re in front of your audience, you’ll feel confident and comfortable.

How to Present a Research Paper

If your PowerPoint presentation is solid, and you’ve practiced your presentation, that’s half the battle. Follow the basic advice to keep your audience engaged and interested by making eye contact, encouraging questions, and presenting your information with enthusiasm.

We encourage you to read our articles on how to present a scientific journal article and tips on giving good scientific presentations .

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Present Your Paper

Get ready to present your paper 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.

The first step in getting ready to present your paper 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 to 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.

Organize your talk with these tips:

  • Begin by stating the purpose or goal of your research. Tell the audience why your work is important.
  • Provide a very brief literature review. This will give the audience some context.
  • Move on to the main points of your own research.
  • Conclude by reiterating the importance of your research and emphasizing the key points.

Tips for Creating Presentation Slides

Remember that your slides do not have to tell the story on their own. Slides are meant to illustrate your work, not explain it entirely.

  • Use graphics where possible. 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.


How to Present a Research Paper | Academic Conference Edition

So you’ve just secured a speaking slot at an academic conference and are getting ready for your presentation. Congrats! However, securing a speaker slot is hard enough; now, you have to turn that fantastic research paper into an even more fantastic presentation.

There are many benefits to presenting your research at an academic conference. You can establish your credibility in the field, meet experts, researchers, editors, and other stakeholders and share your work and talk about what you do with others.

Too much pressure?

Don’t worry; you’ll learn about all the key elements you need to include in your presentation and the dos and don’ts of presenting at a conference in this article.

Key Elements to Include in Your Presentation

You already know that a conference presentation introduces a research paper or discussion topic. A good conference presentation delivers this information in a clear, concise, and interesting way to trigger discussion, curiosity, and interest from the audience. Ensure you have a good presentation by keeping the following things in mind:

  • Write a detailed outline (with a thesis, main arguments, and supporting evidence) and come well-prepared (practice, practice, practice)
  • Introduce the topic or research
  • Talk about your sources and methods used
  • Indicate whether there are conflicting views about your topic or research to trigger discussion
  • Make a statement about your results
  • Use visuals, handouts, slides, or any other presentation tools to your advantage.

Remember, you must address or briefly touch on your finished paper’s main points or arguments during your presentation . Don’t skip entire sections of your research. See more dos and don’ts below.

Dos and Don’ts of Presenting Your Paper at a Conference

1. understand the presentation requirements.

You must first understand your audience to understand the presentation requirements better. Understanding your audience will help you present your work in a way that is relatable and exciting to them. Do your research on the conference criteria and your audience demographics .

Remember, the audience members may not be experts in your field, so make sure you provide adequate background information and any associated facts or data during your presentation. The presented data should answer any research questions you have previously asked in your paper. Consider also contacting other speakers to understand what topics are being covered.

Next, you must ensure any audiovisual tech you need for your presentation will be up and running . Ask the conference producer important questions (if they haven’t told you already), such as:

  • Will you speak through a microphone, and if so, which kind (gooseneck, lavalier, wireless)?
  • How far away will audience members be able to see (good to know for slide and visual creation)?
  • Suppose the conference uses projection stands, equipment, or remote controls that you haven’t used before. Will it take long to familiarize yourself with them (especially good to know if you need to arrive at the conference much earlier)?
  • What kind of projector or another tech will be available, and what files can you use for your presentation?

Lastly, you’ll want to know your time limit for the presentation . A typical speaking slot is anywhere from five to ten minutes, with an additional five minutes for questions and answers. Find out from the conference producer and ensure you stick to that (especially while practicing to make it easier for the day of the presentation).

2.  Include a Hook and CTA

An engaging introduction and conclusion are just as vital in your paper as in your presentation. Think about how you’ll hook the audience into your presentation and what they’ll leave with (key quotes or takeaways). Don’t forget about a call to action (CTA) at the end; what will the audience members do after watching your presentation?

3. Create a Visual Design

If you’re creating visuals (slideshow, PowerPoint, etc.), ensure all audience members towards the back can clearly see the visuals, and don’t overwhelm them with too many. Additionally, remember that the slides and visuals are there to help your presentation, not replace it. Keep the following tricks in mind for slide creation:

  • Keep text to a minimum (only the main talking points)
  • Use bullet points as necessary to support your main points
  • Choose appropriate fonts and backgrounds (ensure fonts are easy-to-read and straightforward and be aware of background color in contrast with font colors)
  • Choose relevant, high-quality images (but you don’t need to include images on each slide).

1. Don't Wing Your Presentation

Your presentation format should look something like this:

  • Title (1 slide)
  • Research topic and question (1 slide)
  • Research Methods (1 slide)
  • Data Collected (3-5 slides)
  • Research Findings (1-2 slides)
  • Implications (1 slide)
  • Conclusions (1 slide).

Remember not to simply read off what you wrote in your paper; your presentation should be brief and concise, with only the main talking points. You’re not reading; you’re presenting. Ensure you don’t use present tense when describing results , only past tense. Additionally, don’t use complicated graphs or charts, or distracting colors, shapes, patterns, etc., on the slides.

2. Don’t Look Unprofessional

First impressions matter, especially if this is the first time you’re presenting a paper at a conference. Before you actually present, you want to ensure you’re presentable . Think about your presentation wardrobe. While you may think it’s too early, remembers that you will only have a few seconds or minutes to make a good first impression on your audience.

Additionally, be active and engaging while presenting. Don’t have your hands in your pockets, don’t look down too often, and don’t read your presentation word-for-word from your notes. If you look bored, there’s a high chance that your audience will be bored too.

3. Don't Skip Out on Practicing Your Presentation

Practice your presentation in advance. Learn it inside and out. Practice in front of a mirror while timing yourself. Practice runs are a great way to work on your timing and presentation skills. You want to practice your presentation at least ten times .

To get as close to the real thing as possible, you have to practice your presentation in front of an audience too. You can ask a few friends or colleagues to listen and watch your presentation and give you feedback. In this way, you’ll be able to make any final tweaks to your content before conference presentation day.

Additionally, encourage your listeners to ask questions, as this can prepare you for the Q&A on conference day. Jot down a few answers to common questions within your notes in case they come up again from conference audience members.

Orvium Helps You Stay On Task

Presenting a paper at a conference is a special thing in a researcher’s life, regardless of the presentation jitters you may have. Remember that you must understand the presentation requirements , including a hook and call to action, and create a visual design. Try avoiding the don’ts, and most importantly, don’t forget to practice.

Orvium understands that sometimes it may be hard to find reviewers to listen to your presentation. That’s why we invite everyone to collaborate on our open platform . You can find fellow researchers, publishers, and reviewers and form communities with like-minded people from different disciplines to set you up for success.

We also put together a Full Guide to Planning an Academic Conference to help you with any other conference questions you may have.

And finally, if you like this post we recommend you to read the next one ''How to Get a Speaking Slot | Academic Conference Edition'' and don't forget to follow us on social media  ( Twitter , Facebook , Linkedin e Instagram ).

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How to make a scientific presentation

Scientific presentation outlines

Questions to ask yourself before you write your talk, 1. how much time do you have, 2. who will you speak to, 3. what do you want the audience to learn from your talk, step 1: outline your presentation, step 2: plan your presentation slides, step 3: make the presentation slides, slide design, text elements, animations and transitions, step 4: practice your presentation, final thoughts, frequently asked questions about preparing scientific presentations, related articles.

A good scientific presentation achieves three things: you communicate the science clearly, your research leaves a lasting impression on your audience, and you enhance your reputation as a scientist.

But, what is the best way to prepare for a scientific presentation? How do you start writing a talk? What details do you include, and what do you leave out?

It’s tempting to launch into making lots of slides. But, starting with the slides can mean you neglect the narrative of your presentation, resulting in an overly detailed, boring talk.

The key to making an engaging scientific presentation is to prepare the narrative of your talk before beginning to construct your presentation slides. Planning your talk will ensure that you tell a clear, compelling scientific story that will engage the audience.

In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to know to make a good oral scientific presentation, including:

  • The different types of oral scientific presentations and how they are delivered;
  • How to outline a scientific presentation;
  • How to make slides for a scientific presentation.

Our advice results from delving into the literature on writing scientific talks and from our own experiences as scientists in giving and listening to presentations. We provide tips and best practices for giving scientific talks in a separate post.

There are two main types of scientific talks:

  • Your talk focuses on a single study . Typically, you tell the story of a single scientific paper. This format is common for short talks at contributed sessions in conferences.
  • Your talk describes multiple studies. You tell the story of multiple scientific papers. It is crucial to have a theme that unites the studies, for example, an overarching question or problem statement, with each study representing specific but different variations of the same theme. Typically, PhD defenses, invited seminars, lectures, or talks for a prospective employer (i.e., “job talks”) fall into this category.

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The length of time you are allotted for your talk will determine whether you will discuss a single study or multiple studies, and which details to include in your story.

The background and interests of your audience will determine the narrative direction of your talk, and what devices you will use to get their attention. Will you be speaking to people specializing in your field, or will the audience also contain people from disciplines other than your own? To reach non-specialists, you will need to discuss the broader implications of your study outside your field.

The needs of the audience will also determine what technical details you will include, and the language you will use. For example, an undergraduate audience will have different needs than an audience of seasoned academics. Students will require a more comprehensive overview of background information and explanations of jargon but will need less technical methodological details.

Your goal is to speak to the majority. But, make your talk accessible to the least knowledgeable person in the room.

This is called the thesis statement, or simply the “take-home message”. Having listened to your talk, what message do you want the audience to take away from your presentation? Describe the main idea in one or two sentences. You want this theme to be present throughout your presentation. Again, the thesis statement will depend on the audience and the type of talk you are giving.

Your thesis statement will drive the narrative for your talk. By deciding the take-home message you want to convince the audience of as a result of listening to your talk, you decide how the story of your talk will flow and how you will navigate its twists and turns. The thesis statement tells you the results you need to show, which subsequently tells you the methods or studies you need to describe, which decides the angle you take in your introduction.

➡️ Learn how to write a thesis statement

The goal of your talk is that the audience leaves afterward with a clear understanding of the key take-away message of your research. To achieve that goal, you need to tell a coherent, logical story that conveys your thesis statement throughout the presentation. You can tell your story through careful preparation of your talk.

Preparation of a scientific presentation involves three separate stages: outlining the scientific narrative, preparing slides, and practicing your delivery. Making the slides of your talk without first planning what you are going to say is inefficient.

Here, we provide a 4 step guide to writing your scientific presentation:

  • Outline your presentation
  • Plan your presentation slides
  • Make the presentation slides
  • Practice your presentation

4 steps for making a scientific presentation.

Writing an outline helps you consider the key pieces of your talk and how they fit together from the beginning, preventing you from forgetting any important details. It also means you avoid changing the order of your slides multiple times, saving you time.

Plan your talk as discrete sections. In the table below, we describe the sections for a single study talk vs. a talk discussing multiple studies:

The following tips apply when writing the outline of a single study talk. You can easily adapt this framework if you are writing a talk discussing multiple studies.

Introduction: Writing the introduction can be the hardest part of writing a talk. And when giving it, it’s the point where you might be at your most nervous. But preparing a good, concise introduction will settle your nerves.

The introduction tells the audience the story of why you studied your topic. A good introduction succinctly achieves four things, in the following order.

  • It gives a broad perspective on the problem or topic for people in the audience who may be outside your discipline (i.e., it explains the big-picture problem motivating your study).
  • It describes why you did the study, and why the audience should care.
  • It gives a brief indication of how your study addressed the problem and provides the necessary background information that the audience needs to understand your work.
  • It indicates what the audience will learn from the talk, and prepares them for what will come next.

A good introduction not only gives the big picture and motivations behind your study but also concisely sets the stage for what the audience will learn from the talk (e.g., the questions your work answers, and/or the hypotheses that your work tests). The end of the introduction will lead to a natural transition to the methods.

Give a broad perspective on the problem. The easiest way to start with the big picture is to think of a hook for the first slide of your presentation. A hook is an opening that gets the audience’s attention and gets them interested in your story. In science, this might take the form of a why, or a how question, or it could be a statement about a major problem or open question in your field. Other examples of hooks include quotes, short anecdotes, or interesting statistics.

Why should the audience care? Next, decide on the angle you are going to take on your hook that links to the thesis of your talk. In other words, you need to set the context, i.e., explain why the audience should care. For example, you may introduce an observation from nature, a pattern in experimental data, or a theory that you want to test. The audience must understand your motivations for the study.

Supplementary details. Once you have established the hook and angle, you need to include supplementary details to support them. For example, you might state your hypothesis. Then go into previous work and the current state of knowledge. Include citations of these studies. If you need to introduce some technical methodological details, theory, or jargon, do it here.

Conclude your introduction. The motivation for the work and background information should set the stage for the conclusion of the introduction, where you describe the goals of your study, and any hypotheses or predictions. Let the audience know what they are going to learn.

Methods: The audience will use your description of the methods to assess the approach you took in your study and to decide whether your findings are credible. Tell the story of your methods in chronological order. Use visuals to describe your methods as much as possible. If you have equations, make sure to take the time to explain them. Decide what methods to include and how you will show them. You need enough detail so that your audience will understand what you did and therefore can evaluate your approach, but avoid including superfluous details that do not support your main idea. You want to avoid the common mistake of including too much data, as the audience can read the paper(s) later.

Results: This is the evidence you present for your thesis. The audience will use the results to evaluate the support for your main idea. Choose the most important and interesting results—those that support your thesis. You don’t need to present all the results from your study (indeed, you most likely won’t have time to present them all). Break down complex results into digestible pieces, e.g., comparisons over multiple slides (more tips in the next section).

Summary: Summarize your main findings. Displaying your main findings through visuals can be effective. Emphasize the new contributions to scientific knowledge that your work makes.

Conclusion: Complete the circle by relating your conclusions to the big picture topic in your introduction—and your hook, if possible. It’s important to describe any alternative explanations for your findings. You might also speculate on future directions arising from your research. The slides that comprise your conclusion do not need to state “conclusion”. Rather, the concluding slide title should be a declarative sentence linking back to the big picture problem and your main idea.

It’s important to end well by planning a strong closure to your talk, after which you will thank the audience. Your closing statement should relate to your thesis, perhaps by stating it differently or memorably. Avoid ending awkwardly by memorizing your closing sentence.

By now, you have an outline of the story of your talk, which you can use to plan your slides. Your slides should complement and enhance what you will say. Use the following steps to prepare your slides.

  • Write the slide titles to match your talk outline. These should be clear and informative declarative sentences that succinctly give the main idea of the slide (e.g., don’t use “Methods” as a slide title). Have one major idea per slide. In a YouTube talk on designing effective slides , researcher Michael Alley shows examples of instructive slide titles.
  • Decide how you will convey the main idea of the slide (e.g., what figures, photographs, equations, statistics, references, or other elements you will need). The body of the slide should support the slide’s main idea.
  • Under each slide title, outline what you want to say, in bullet points.

In sum, for each slide, prepare a title that summarizes its major idea, a list of visual elements, and a summary of the points you will make. Ensure each slide connects to your thesis. If it doesn’t, then you don’t need the slide.

Slides for scientific presentations have three major components: text (including labels and legends), graphics, and equations. Here, we give tips on how to present each of these components.

  • Have an informative title slide. Include the names of all coauthors and their affiliations. Include an attractive image relating to your study.
  • Make the foreground content of your slides “pop” by using an appropriate background. Slides that have white backgrounds with black text work well for small rooms, whereas slides with black backgrounds and white text are suitable for large rooms.
  • The layout of your slides should be simple. Pay attention to how and where you lay the visual and text elements on each slide. It’s tempting to cram information, but you need lots of empty space. Retain space at the sides and bottom of your slides.
  • Use sans serif fonts with a font size of at least 20 for text, and up to 40 for slide titles. Citations can be in 14 font and should be included at the bottom of the slide.
  • Use bold or italics to emphasize words, not underlines or caps. Keep these effects to a minimum.
  • Use concise text . You don’t need full sentences. Convey the essence of your message in as few words as possible. Write down what you’d like to say, and then shorten it for the slide. Remove unnecessary filler words.
  • Text blocks should be limited to two lines. This will prevent you from crowding too much information on the slide.
  • Include names of technical terms in your talk slides, especially if they are not familiar to everyone in the audience.
  • Proofread your slides. Typos and grammatical errors are distracting for your audience.
  • Include citations for the hypotheses or observations of other scientists.
  • Good figures and graphics are essential to sustain audience interest. Use graphics and photographs to show the experiment or study system in action and to explain abstract concepts.
  • Don’t use figures straight from your paper as they may be too detailed for your talk, and details like axes may be too small. Make new versions if necessary. Make them large enough to be visible from the back of the room.
  • Use graphs to show your results, not tables. Tables are difficult for your audience to digest! If you must present a table, keep it simple.
  • Label the axes of graphs and indicate the units. Label important components of graphics and photographs and include captions. Include sources for graphics that are not your own.
  • Explain all the elements of a graph. This includes the axes, what the colors and markers mean, and patterns in the data.
  • Use colors in figures and text in a meaningful, not random, way. For example, contrasting colors can be effective for pointing out comparisons and/or differences. Don’t use neon colors or pastels.
  • Use thick lines in figures, and use color to create contrasts in the figures you present. Don’t use red/green or red/blue combinations, as color-blind audience members can’t distinguish between them.
  • Arrows or circles can be effective for drawing attention to key details in graphs and equations. Add some text annotations along with them.
  • Write your summary and conclusion slides using graphics, rather than showing a slide with a list of bullet points. Showing some of your results again can be helpful to remind the audience of your message.
  • If your talk has equations, take time to explain them. Include text boxes to explain variables and mathematical terms, and put them under each term in the equation.
  • Combine equations with a graphic that shows the scientific principle, or include a diagram of the mathematical model.
  • Use animations judiciously. They are helpful to reveal complex ideas gradually, for example, if you need to make a comparison or contrast or to build a complicated argument or figure. For lists, reveal one bullet point at a time. New ideas appearing sequentially will help your audience follow your logic.
  • Slide transitions should be simple. Silly ones distract from your message.
  • Decide how you will make the transition as you move from one section of your talk to the next. For example, if you spend time talking through details, provide a summary afterward, especially in a long talk. Another common tactic is to have a “home slide” that you return to multiple times during the talk that reinforces your main idea or message. In her YouTube talk on designing effective scientific presentations , Stanford biologist Susan McConnell suggests using the approach of home slides to build a cohesive narrative.

To deliver a polished presentation, it is essential to practice it. Here are some tips.

  • For your first run-through, practice alone. Pay attention to your narrative. Does your story flow naturally? Do you know how you will start and end? Are there any awkward transitions? Do animations help you tell your story? Do your slides help to convey what you are saying or are they missing components?
  • Next, practice in front of your advisor, and/or your peers (e.g., your lab group). Ask someone to time your talk. Take note of their feedback and the questions that they ask you (you might be asked similar questions during your real talk).
  • Edit your talk, taking into account the feedback you’ve received. Eliminate superfluous slides that don’t contribute to your takeaway message.
  • Practice as many times as needed to memorize the order of your slides and the key transition points of your talk. However, don’t try to learn your talk word for word. Instead, memorize opening and closing statements, and sentences at key junctures in the presentation. Your presentation should resemble a serious but spontaneous conversation with the audience.
  • Practicing multiple times also helps you hone the delivery of your talk. While rehearsing, pay attention to your vocal intonations and speed. Make sure to take pauses while you speak, and make eye contact with your imaginary audience.
  • Make sure your talk finishes within the allotted time, and remember to leave time for questions. Conferences are particularly strict on run time.
  • Anticipate questions and challenges from the audience, and clarify ambiguities within your slides and/or speech in response.
  • If you anticipate that you could be asked questions about details but you don’t have time to include them, or they detract from the main message of your talk, you can prepare slides that address these questions and place them after the final slide of your talk.

➡️ More tips for giving scientific presentations

An organized presentation with a clear narrative will help you communicate your ideas effectively, which is essential for engaging your audience and conveying the importance of your work. Taking time to plan and outline your scientific presentation before writing the slides will help you manage your nerves and feel more confident during the presentation, which will improve your overall performance.

A good scientific presentation has an engaging scientific narrative with a memorable take-home message. It has clear, informative slides that enhance what the speaker says. You need to practice your talk many times to ensure you deliver a polished presentation.

First, consider who will attend your presentation, and what you want the audience to learn about your research. Tailor your content to their level of knowledge and interests. Second, create an outline for your presentation, including the key points you want to make and the evidence you will use to support those points. Finally, practice your presentation several times to ensure that it flows smoothly and that you are comfortable with the material.

Prepare an opening that immediately gets the audience’s attention. A common device is a why or a how question, or a statement of a major open problem in your field, but you could also start with a quote, interesting statistic, or case study from your field.

Scientific presentations typically either focus on a single study (e.g., a 15-minute conference presentation) or tell the story of multiple studies (e.g., a PhD defense or 50-minute conference keynote talk). For a single study talk, the structure follows the scientific paper format: Introduction, Methods, Results, Summary, and Conclusion, whereas the format of a talk discussing multiple studies is more complex, but a theme unifies the studies.

Ensure you have one major idea per slide, and convey that idea clearly (through images, equations, statistics, citations, video, etc.). The slide should include a title that summarizes the major point of the slide, should not contain too much text or too many graphics, and color should be used meaningfully.

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Conference Papers

What this handout is about.

This handout outlines strategies for writing and presenting papers for academic conferences.

What’s special about conference papers?

Conference papers can be an effective way to try out new ideas, introduce your work to colleagues, and hone your research questions. Presenting at a conference is a great opportunity for gaining valuable feedback from a community of scholars and for increasing your professional stature in your field.

A conference paper is often both a written document and an oral presentation. You may be asked to submit a copy of your paper to a commentator before you present at the conference. Thus, your paper should follow the conventions for academic papers and oral presentations.

Preparing to write your conference paper

There are several factors to consider as you get started on your conference paper.

Determine the structure and style

How will you structure your presentation? This is an important question, because your presentation format will shape your written document. Some possibilities for your session include:

  • A visual presentation, including software such as PowerPoint or Prezi
  • A paper that you read aloud
  • A roundtable discussion

Presentations can be a combination of these styles. For example, you might read a paper aloud while displaying images. Following your paper, you might participate in an informal conversation with your fellow presenters.

You will also need to know how long your paper should be. Presentations are usually 15-20 minutes. A general rule of thumb is that one double-spaced page takes 2-2.5 minutes to read out loud. Thus an 8-10 page, double-spaced paper is often a good fit for a 15-20 minute presentation. Adhere to the time limit.  Make sure that your written paper conforms to the presentation constraints.

Consider the conventions of the conference and the structure of your session

It is important to meet the expectations of your conference audience. Have you been to an academic conference previously?  How were presentations structured? What kinds of presentations did you find most effective? What do you know about the particular conference you are planning to attend? Some professional organizations have their own rules and suggestions for writing and presenting for their conferences. Make sure to find out what they are and stick to them.

If you proposed a panel with other scholars, then you should already have a good idea of your panel’s expectations. However, if you submitted your paper individually and the conference organizers placed it on a panel with other papers, you will need additional information.

Will there be a commentator? Commentators, also called respondents or discussants, can be great additions to panels, since their job is to pull the papers together and pose questions. If there will be a commentator, be sure to know when they would like to have a copy of your paper. Observe this deadline.

You may also want to find out what your fellow presenters will be talking about. Will you circulate your papers among the other panelists prior to the conference? Will your papers address common themes? Will you discuss intersections with each other’s work after your individual presentations? How collaborative do you want your panel to be?

Analyze your audience

Knowing your audience is critical for any writing assignment, but conference papers are special because you will be physically interacting with them. Take a look at our handout on audience . Anticipating the needs of your listeners will help you write a conference paper that connects your specific research to their broader concerns in a compelling way.

What are the concerns of the conference?

You can identify these by revisiting the call for proposals and reviewing the mission statement or theme of the conference. What key words or concepts are repeated? How does your work relate to these larger research questions? If you choose to orient your paper toward one of these themes, make sure there is a genuine relationship. Superficial use of key terms can weaken your paper.

What are the primary concerns of the field?

How do you bridge the gap between your research and your field’s broader concerns? Finding these linkages is part of the brainstorming process. See our handout on brainstorming . If you are presenting at a conference that is within your primary field, you should be familiar with leading concerns and questions. If you will be attending an interdisciplinary conference or a conference outside of your field, or if you simply need to refresh your knowledge of what’s current in your discipline, you can:

  • Read recently published journals and books, including recent publications by the conference’s featured speakers
  • Talk to people who have been to the conference
  • Pay attention to questions about theory and method. What questions come up in the literature? What foundational texts should you be familiar with?
  • Review the initial research questions that inspired your project. Think about the big questions in the secondary literature of your field.
  • Try a free-writing exercise. Imagine that you are explaining your project to someone who is in your department, but is unfamiliar with your specific topic. What can you assume they already know? Where will you need to start in your explanation? How will you establish common ground?

Contextualizing your narrow research question within larger trends in the field will help you connect with your audience.  You might be really excited about a previously unknown nineteenth-century poet. But will your topic engage others?  You don’t want people to leave your presentation, thinking, “What was the point of that?” By carefully analyzing your audience and considering the concerns of the conference and the field, you can present a paper that will have your listeners thinking, “Wow! Why haven’t I heard about that obscure poet before? She is really important for understanding developments in Romantic poetry in the 1800s!”

Writing your conference paper

I have a really great research paper/manuscript/dissertation chapter on this same topic. Should I cut and paste?

Be careful here. Time constraints and the needs of your audience may require a tightly focused and limited message. To create a paper tailored to the conference, you might want to set everything aside and create a brand new document.  Don’t worry—you will still have that paper, manuscript, or chapter if you need it. But you will also benefit from taking a fresh look at your research.

Citing sources

Since your conference paper will be part of an oral presentation, there are special considerations for citations. You should observe the conventions of your discipline with regard to including citations in your written paper. However, you will also need to incorporate verbal cues to set your evidence and quotations off from your text when presenting. For example, you can say: “As Nietzsche said, quote, ‘And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you,’ end quote.” If you use multiple quotations in your paper, think about omitting the terms “quote” and “end quote,” as these can become repetitive. Instead, signal quotations through the inflection of your voice or with strategic pauses.

Organizing the paper

There are numerous ways to effectively organize your conference paper, but remember to have a focused message that fits the time constraints and meets the needs of your audience. You can begin by connecting your research to the audience’s concerns, then share a few examples/case studies from your research, and then, in conclusion, broaden the discussion back out to general issues in the field.

Don’t overwhelm or confuse your audience

You should limit the information that you present. Don’t attempt to summarize your entire dissertation in 10 pages. Instead, try selecting main points and provide examples to support those points. Alternatively, you might focus on one main idea or case study and use 2-4 examples to explain it.

Check for clarity in the text

One way to anticipate how your ideas will sound is to read your paper out loud. Reading out loud is an excellent proofreading technique and is a great way to check the clarity of your ideas; you are likely to hear problems that you didn’t notice in just scanning your draft.  Help listeners understand your ideas by making sure that subjects and verbs are clear and by avoiding unnecessarily complex sentences.

Include verbal cues in the text

Make liberal use of transitional phrases like however, therefore, and thus, as well as signpost words like first, next, etc.

If you have 5 main points, say so at the beginning and list those 5 ideas. Refer back to this structure frequently as you transition between sections (“Now, I will discuss my fourth point, the importance of plasma”).

Use a phrase like “I argue” to announce your thesis statement. Be sure that there is only one of these phrases—otherwise your audience will be confused about your central message.

Refer back to the structure, and signal moments where you are transitioning to a new topic: “I just talked about x, now I’m going to talk about y.”

I’ve written my conference paper, now what?

Now that you’ve drafted your conference paper, it’s time for the most important part—delivering it before an audience of scholars in your field!  Remember that writing the paper is only one half of what a conference paper entails. It is both a written text and a presentation.

With preparation, your presentation will be a success. Here are a few tips for an effective presentation. You can also see our handout on speeches .

Cues to yourself

Include helpful hints in your personal copy of the paper. You can remind yourself to pause, look up and make eye contact with your audience, or employ body language to enhance your message. If you are using a slideshow, you can indicate when to change slides. Increasing the font size to 14-16 pt. can make your paper easier to read.

Practice, practice, practice

When you practice, time yourself. Are you reading too fast? Are you enunciating clearly? Do you know how to pronounce all of the words in your paper? Record your talk and critically listen to yourself. Practice in front of friends and colleagues.

If you are using technology, familiarize yourself with it. Check and double-check your images. Remember, they are part of your presentation and should be proofread just like your paper.  Print a backup copy of your images and paper, and bring copies of your materials in multiple formats, just in case.  Be sure to check with the conference organizers about available technology.


The written text is only one aspect of the overall conference paper. The other is your presentation. This means that your audience will evaluate both your work and you! So remember to convey the appropriate level of professionalism.

Works consulted

We consulted these works while writing this handout. This is not a comprehensive list of resources on the handout’s topic, and we encourage you to do your own research to find additional publications. Please do not use this list as a model for the format of your own reference list, as it may not match the citation style you are using. For guidance on formatting citations, please see the UNC Libraries citation tutorial . We revise these tips periodically and welcome feedback.

Adler, Abby. 2010. “Talking the Talk: Tips on Giving a Successful Conference Presentation.” Psychological Science Agenda 24 (4).

Kerber, Linda K. 2008. “Conference Rules: How to Present a Scholarly Paper.” The Chronicle of Higher Education , March 21, 2008. https://www.chronicle.com/article/Conference-Rules-How-to/45734 .

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How to Make a Successful Research Presentation

Turning a research paper into a visual presentation is difficult; there are pitfalls, and navigating the path to a brief, informative presentation takes time and practice. As a TA for  GEO/WRI 201: Methods in Data Analysis & Scientific Writing this past fall, I saw how this process works from an instructor’s standpoint. I’ve presented my own research before, but helping others present theirs taught me a bit more about the process. Here are some tips I learned that may help you with your next research presentation:

More is more

In general, your presentation will always benefit from more practice, more feedback, and more revision. By practicing in front of friends, you can get comfortable with presenting your work while receiving feedback. It is hard to know how to revise your presentation if you never practice. If you are presenting to a general audience, getting feedback from someone outside of your discipline is crucial. Terms and ideas that seem intuitive to you may be completely foreign to someone else, and your well-crafted presentation could fall flat.

Less is more

Limit the scope of your presentation, the number of slides, and the text on each slide. In my experience, text works well for organizing slides, orienting the audience to key terms, and annotating important figures–not for explaining complex ideas. Having fewer slides is usually better as well. In general, about one slide per minute of presentation is an appropriate budget. Too many slides is usually a sign that your topic is too broad.

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Limit the scope of your presentation

Don’t present your paper. Presentations are usually around 10 min long. You will not have time to explain all of the research you did in a semester (or a year!) in such a short span of time. Instead, focus on the highlight(s). Identify a single compelling research question which your work addressed, and craft a succinct but complete narrative around it.

You will not have time to explain all of the research you did. Instead, focus on the highlights. Identify a single compelling research question which your work addressed, and craft a succinct but complete narrative around it.

Craft a compelling research narrative

After identifying the focused research question, walk your audience through your research as if it were a story. Presentations with strong narrative arcs are clear, captivating, and compelling.

  • Introduction (exposition — rising action)

Orient the audience and draw them in by demonstrating the relevance and importance of your research story with strong global motive. Provide them with the necessary vocabulary and background knowledge to understand the plot of your story. Introduce the key studies (characters) relevant in your story and build tension and conflict with scholarly and data motive. By the end of your introduction, your audience should clearly understand your research question and be dying to know how you resolve the tension built through motive.

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  • Methods (rising action)

The methods section should transition smoothly and logically from the introduction. Beware of presenting your methods in a boring, arc-killing, ‘this is what I did.’ Focus on the details that set your story apart from the stories other people have already told. Keep the audience interested by clearly motivating your decisions based on your original research question or the tension built in your introduction.

  • Results (climax)

Less is usually more here. Only present results which are clearly related to the focused research question you are presenting. Make sure you explain the results clearly so that your audience understands what your research found. This is the peak of tension in your narrative arc, so don’t undercut it by quickly clicking through to your discussion.

  • Discussion (falling action)

By now your audience should be dying for a satisfying resolution. Here is where you contextualize your results and begin resolving the tension between past research. Be thorough. If you have too many conflicts left unresolved, or you don’t have enough time to present all of the resolutions, you probably need to further narrow the scope of your presentation.

  • Conclusion (denouement)

Return back to your initial research question and motive, resolving any final conflicts and tying up loose ends. Leave the audience with a clear resolution of your focus research question, and use unresolved tension to set up potential sequels (i.e. further research).

Use your medium to enhance the narrative

Visual presentations should be dominated by clear, intentional graphics. Subtle animation in key moments (usually during the results or discussion) can add drama to the narrative arc and make conflict resolutions more satisfying. You are narrating a story written in images, videos, cartoons, and graphs. While your paper is mostly text, with graphics to highlight crucial points, your slides should be the opposite. Adapting to the new medium may require you to create or acquire far more graphics than you included in your paper, but it is necessary to create an engaging presentation.

The most important thing you can do for your presentation is to practice and revise. Bother your friends, your roommates, TAs–anybody who will sit down and listen to your work. Beyond that, think about presentations you have found compelling and try to incorporate some of those elements into your own. Remember you want your work to be comprehensible; you aren’t creating experts in 10 minutes. Above all, try to stay passionate about what you did and why. You put the time in, so show your audience that it’s worth it.

For more insight into research presentations, check out these past PCUR posts written by Emma and Ellie .

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A research paper presentation is frequently used at conferences and other events where you have a chance to share the results of your research and receive feedback from colleagues. Although it may appear as simple as summarizing the findings, successful examples of research paper presentations show that there is a little bit more to it.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the basic outline and steps to create a good research paper presentation. We’ll also explain what to include and what not to include in your presentation of research paper and share some of the most effective tips you can use to take your slides to the next level.

Research paper PowerPoint presentation outline

Creating a PowerPoint presentation for a research paper involves organizing and summarizing your key findings, methodology, and conclusions in a way that encourages your audience to interact with your work and share their interest in it with others. Here’s a basic research paper outline PowerPoint you can follow:

1. Title (1 slide)

Typically, your title slide should contain the following information:

  • Title of the research paper
  • Affiliation or institution
  • Date of presentation

2. Introduction (1-3 slides)

On this slide of your presentation, briefly introduce the research topic and its significance and state the research question or objective.

3. Research questions or hypothesis (1 slide)

This slide should emphasize the objectives of your research or present the hypothesis.

4. Literature review (1 slide)

Your literature review has to provide context for your research by summarizing relevant literature. Additionally, it should highlight gaps or areas where your research contributes.

5. Methodology and data collection (1-2 slides)

This slide of your research paper PowerPoint has to explain the research design, methods, and procedures. It must also Include details about participants, materials, and data collection and emphasize special equipment you have used in your work.

6. Results (3-5 slides)

On this slide, you must present the results of your data analysis and discuss any trends, patterns, or significant findings. Moreover, you should use charts, graphs, and tables to illustrate data and highlight something novel in your results (if applicable).

7. Conclusion (1 slide)

Your conclusion slide has to summarize the main findings and their implications, as well as discuss the broader impact of your research. Usually, a single statement is enough.

8. Recommendations (1 slide)

If applicable, provide recommendations for future research or actions on this slide.

9. References (1-2 slides)

The references slide is where you list all the sources cited in your research paper.

10. Acknowledgments (1 slide)

On this presentation slide, acknowledge any individuals, organizations, or funding sources that contributed to your research.

11. Appendix (1 slide)

If applicable, include any supplementary materials, such as additional data or detailed charts, in your appendix slide.

The above outline is just a general guideline, so make sure to adjust it based on your specific research paper and the time allotted for the presentation.

Steps to creating a memorable research paper presentation

Creating a PowerPoint presentation for a research paper involves several critical steps needed to convey your findings and engage your audience effectively, and these steps are as follows:

Step 1. Understand your audience:

  • Identify the audience for your presentation.
  • Tailor your content and level of detail to match the audience’s background and knowledge.

Step 2. Define your key messages:

  • Clearly articulate the main messages or findings of your research.
  • Identify the key points you want your audience to remember.

Step 3. Design your research paper PPT presentation:

  • Use a clean and professional design that complements your research topic.
  • Choose readable fonts, consistent formatting, and a limited color palette.
  • Opt for PowerPoint presentation services if slide design is not your strong side.

Step 4. Put content on slides:

  • Follow the outline above to structure your presentation effectively; include key sections and topics.
  • Organize your content logically, following the flow of your research paper.

Step 5. Final check:

  • Proofread your slides for typos, errors, and inconsistencies.
  • Ensure all visuals are clear, high-quality, and properly labeled.

Step 6. Save and share:

  • Save your presentation and ensure compatibility with the equipment you’ll be using.
  • If necessary, share a copy of your presentation with the audience.

By following these steps, you can create a well-organized and visually appealing research paper presentation PowerPoint that effectively conveys your research findings to the audience.

What to include and what not to include in your presentation

In addition to the must-know PowerPoint presentation recommendations, which we’ll cover later in this article, consider the following do’s and don’ts when you’re putting together your research paper presentation:

  • Focus on the topic.
  • Be brief and to the point.
  • Attract the audience’s attention and highlight interesting details.
  • Use only relevant visuals (maps, charts, pictures, graphs, etc.).
  • Use numbers and bullet points to structure the content.
  • Make clear statements regarding the essence and results of your research.


  • Don’t write down the whole outline of your paper and nothing else.
  • Don’t put long, full sentences on your slides; split them into smaller ones.
  • Don’t use distracting patterns, colors, pictures, and other visuals on your slides; the simpler, the better.
  • Don’t use too complicated graphs or charts; only the ones that are easy to understand.
  • Now that we’ve discussed the basics, let’s move on to the top tips for making a powerful presentation of your research paper.

8 tips on how to make research paper presentation that achieves its goals

You’ve probably been to a presentation where the presenter reads word for word from their PowerPoint outline. Or where the presentation is cluttered, chaotic, or contains too much data. The simple tips below will help you summarize a 10 to 15-page paper for a 15 to 20-minute talk and succeed, so read on!

Tip #1: Less is more

You want to provide enough information to make your audience want to know more. Including details but not too many and avoiding technical jargon, formulas, and long sentences are always good ways to achieve this.

Tip #2: Be professional

Avoid using too many colors, font changes, distracting backgrounds, animations, etc. Bullet points with a few words to highlight the important information are preferable to lengthy paragraphs. Additionally, include slide numbers on all PowerPoint slides except for the title slide, and make sure it is followed by a table of contents, offering a brief overview of the entire research paper.

Tip #3: Strive for balance

PowerPoint slides have limited space, so use it carefully. Typically, one to two points per slide or 5 lines for 5 words in a sentence are enough to present your ideas.

Tip #4: Use proper fonts and text size

The font you use should be easy to read and consistent throughout the slides. You can go with Arial, Times New Roman, Calibri, or a combination of these three. An ideal text size is 32 points, while a heading size is 44.

Tip #5: Concentrate on the visual side

A PowerPoint presentation is one of the best tools for presenting information visually. Use graphs instead of tables and topic-relevant illustrations instead of walls of text. Keep your visuals as clean and professional as the content of your presentation.

Tip #6: Practice your delivery

Always go through your presentation when you’re done to ensure a smooth and confident delivery and time yourself to stay within the allotted limit.

Tip #7: Get ready for questions

Anticipate potential questions from your audience and prepare thoughtful responses. Also, be ready to engage in discussions about your research.

Tip #8: Don’t be afraid to utilize professional help

If the mere thought of designing a presentation overwhelms you or you’re pressed for time, consider leveraging professional PowerPoint redesign services . A dedicated design team can transform your content or old presentation into effective slides, ensuring your message is communicated clearly and captivates your audience. This way, you can focus on refining your delivery and preparing for the presentation.

Lastly, remember that even experienced presenters get nervous before delivering research paper PowerPoint presentations in front of the audience. You cannot know everything; some things can be beyond your control, which is completely fine. You are at the event not only to share what you know but also to learn from others. So, no matter what, dress appropriately, look straight into the audience’s eyes, try to speak and move naturally, present your information enthusiastically, and have fun!

If you need help with slide design, get in touch with our dedicated design team and let qualified professionals turn your research findings into a visually appealing, polished presentation that leaves a lasting impression on your audience. Our experienced designers specialize in creating engaging layouts, incorporating compelling graphics, and ensuring a cohesive visual narrative that complements content on any subject.

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This resource provides a detailed overview of the common types of conference papers and sessions graduate students can expect, followed by pointers on presenting conference papers for an audience. 

Types of conference papers and sessions

Panel presentations are the most common form of presentation you will encounter in your graduate career. You will be one of three to four participants in a panel or session (the terminology varies depending on the organizers) and be given fifteen to twenty minutes to present your paper. This is often followed by a ten-minute question-and-answer session either immediately after your presentation or after all of the speakers are finished. It is up to the panel organizer to decide upon this framework. In the course of the question-and-answer session, you may also address and query the other panelists if you have questions yourself. Note that you can often propose a conference presentation by yourself and be sorted onto a panel by conference organizers, or you can propose a panel with a group of colleagues. Self-proposed panels typically have more closely related topics than conference-organized panels.

Roundtables feature an average of five to six speakers, each of whom gets the floor for approximately five to ten minutes to speak on their respective topics and/or subtopics. At times, papers from the speakers might be circulated in advance among the roundtable members or even prospective attendees.

Workshops feature one or a few organizers, who usually give a brief presentation but spend the majority of the time for the session facilitating an activity that attendees will do. Some common topics for these sessions typically include learning a technology or generating some content, such as teaching materials.

Lightning talks (or Ignite talks, or Pecha Kucha talks) are very short presentations where presenters' slide decks automatically advance after a few seconds; most individual talks are no longer than 5 minutes, and a lightning talk session typically invites 10 or more presenters to participate over the course of an hour or two rather than limiting the presenters like a panel presentation. A lightning talk session will sometimes be held as a sort of competition where attendees can vote for the best talk. 

SIGs (Special Interest Groups) are groups of scholars focused on a particular smaller topic within the purview of the larger conference. The structure of these sessions varies by conference and even by group, but in general they tend to be structured either more like a panel presentation, with presenters and leaders, or more like a roundtable, with several speakers and a particular meeting agenda. These styles resemble, respectively, a miniconference focusing on a particular topic and a committee meeting. 

Papers with respondents are structured around a speaker who gives an approximately thirty-minute paper and a respondent who contributes their own thoughts, objections, and further questions in the following fifteen minutes. Finally, the speaker gets that same amount of time to formulate their reply to the respondent.

Poster presentations ask participants to visually display their ideas on a research poster, which is typically displayed with other research posters in a specific area at a conference. The poster needs to be understandable on its own (without the author) as viewers sometimes look through the posters outside the bounds of the poster session, which is a scheduled period of time where poster authors stand with their posters and engage viewers in conversation about the work. Research posters have long tended to follow common templates for design, but in recent years some scholars have begun challenging these templates for improved usability (for example, the Better Poster campaign as described here  or the APA template based on the original, here.

You can read more about research posters on our resource here .

Presenting the conference paper

Aim to take less time than you are given! If your presentation slot is 15 minutes, aim for 13 or 14 when you practice. A little leeway and a slightly shorter presentation is a courtesy to your audience and to your fellow presenters, and will not at all imply that you are unprepared or unprofessional — in fact, being able to keep well within your allotted time is the mark of a good presenter.

Make sure you speak slowly and clearly, using accessibility aids if available such as a microphone or closed captioning on a slide deck. Many presenters have begun bringing accessibility copies of their talks, which are printed transcripts of the talk using a larger font for audience members who need them. It is also becoming increasingly common for presenters at conferences to share their slides and copies of their talk via a shortened link or QR code found on the bottom of the slides so that audiences may access them later or even while they are in your session.

The conventions for presentation differ based on field. Some fields tend toward reading papers aloud with very little audiovisual accompaniment; others use slide decks; others speak extemporaneously. You can find out more about typical practices in your field by attending conferences yourself and by asking mentors. Generally, you will be able to improve the accessibility of your presentation if you have a visual accompaniment and prepared remarks.

Even in fields where presenters tend to read papers verbatim, it is rarely a good idea to bring a paper from a class or another research paper you have written without editing it for an oral presentation. Seminar papers tend to be too long to read in 15 minutes, and often lead to graduate students surpassing their time limits. Moreover, research papers are meant to be read — they lack the kinds of repetition and simple sentence structure that are more beneficial to listeners. Finally, conference presentations do not serve the same purposes as most class papers — typically in a class, you're expected to show that you have understood the material, but at a conference, listeners are more interested in hearing what contributions you have that might help them in their own research. It's typical to move the bulk of your literature review to an appendix or another document so that you can discuss other scholarship in the area if it comes up in the Q&A, but during your presentation you're left free to focus on your own methods and findings. (Many presenters will even say: "I'm skipping a lot of [X material] for the sake of time, but I'm happy to discuss it later with anyone who's interested.")

Since you will present your paper orally, you may repeat important points and say more about the structure of the essay than a written submission to a journal (or a paper for your undergraduate or graduate courses) would require. This often means signposting orally when you are moving to a new section of the paper or when you are shifting to a new idea. The thesis of your paper should come early in your presentation to give listeners a clear understanding of what is to follow. At this point, you may also overview or forecast your paper and tell listeners how you will move from one argument to the next. It is generally advised to quickly summarize your important points in a bulleted list at the end of your presentation to remind everyone of the two or three most essential arguments or findings.

If you use a slide presentation, you may want to follow the guidelines presented in the OWL resource, Designing an Effective PowerPoint Presentation .

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In our experience, a common error when preparing a conference presentation is using designs that heavily rely on bullet points and massive chunks of text. A potential reason behind this slide design mistake is aiming to include as much information as possible in just one slide. In the end, slides become a sort of teleprompter for the speaker, and the audience recalls boredom instead of an informative experience.

As part of our mission to help presenters deliver their message effectively, we have summarized what makes a good conference presentation slide, as well as tips on how to design a successful conference slide.

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What is a conference presentation

Common mistakes presenters make when creating conference presentation slides, how can a well-crafted conference presentation help your professional life, how to start a conference presentation, how to end a conference presentation, tailoring your message to different audiences, visualizing data effectively, engaging with your audience, designing for impact, mastering slide transitions and animation, handling time constraints, incorporating multimedia elements, post-presentation engagement, crisis management during presentations, sustainability and green presentations, measuring presentation success, 13 tips to create stellar conference presentations, final thoughts.

The Britannica Dictionary defines conferences as 

A formal meeting in which many people gather in order to talk about ideas or problems related to a particular topic (such as medicine or business), usually for several days.

We can then define conference presentations as the combination of a speaker, a slide deck , and the required hardware to introduce an idea or topic in a conference setting. Some characteristics differentiate conference presentations from other formats.


Conference presentations are bounded by a 15-30 minute time limit, which the event’s moderators establish. These restrictions are applied to allow a crowded agenda to be met on time, and it is common to count with over 10 speakers on the same day.

To that time limit, we have to add the time required for switching between speakers, which implies loading a new slide deck to the streaming platform, microphone testing, lighting effects, etc. Say it is around 10-15 minutes extra, so depending on the number of speakers per day during the event, the time available to deliver a presentation, plus the questions & answers time.

Delivery format

Conferences can be delivered in live event format or via webinars. Since this article is mainly intended to live event conferences, we will only mention that the requirements for webinars are as follows:

  • Voice-over or, best, speaker layover the presentation slides so the speaker interacts with the audience.
  • Quality graphics.
  • Not abusing the amount of information to introduce per slide.

On the other hand, live event conferences will differ depending on the category under which they fall. Academic conferences have a structure in which there’s a previous poster session; then speakers start delivering their talks, then after 4-5 speakers, we have a coffee break. Those pauses help the AV crew to check the equipment, and they also become an opportunity for researchers to expand their network contacts. 

Business conferences are usually more dynamic. Some presenters opt not to use slide decks, giving a powerful speech instead, as they feel much more comfortable that way. Other speakers at business conferences adopt videos to summarize their ideas and then proceed to speak.

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Overall, the format guidelines are sent to speakers before the event. Adapt your presentation style to meet the requirements of moderators so you can maximize the effect of your message.

The audience

Unlike other presentation settings, conferences gather a knowledgeable audience on the discussed topics. It is imperative to consider this, as tone, delivery format, information to include, and more depend on this sole factor. Moreover, the audience will participate in your presentation at the last minute, as it is a common practice to hold a Q&A session. 

Mistake #1 – Massive chunks of text

Do you intend your audience to read your slides instead of being seduced by your presentation? Presenters often add large amounts of text to each slide since they need help deciding which data to exclude. Another excuse for this practice is so the audience remembers the content exposed.

Research indicates images are much better retained than words, a phenomenon known as the Picture Superiority Effect ; therefore, opt to avoid this tendency and work into creating compelling graphics.

Mistake #2 – Not creating contrast between data and graphics

Have you tried to read a slide from 4 rows behind the presenter and not get a single number? This can happen if the presenter is not careful to work with the appropriate contrast between the color of the typeface and the background. Particularly if serif fonts are used.

Using WebAIM tool to check color contrast

Use online tools such as WebAIM’s Contrast Checker to make your slides legible for your audience. Creating an overlay with a white or black transparent tint can also help when you place text above images.

Mistake #3 – Not rehearsing the presentation

This is a sin in conference presentations, as when you don’t practice the content you intend to deliver, you don’t have a measure of how much time it is actually going to take. 

Locating the rehearsing timing options in PowerPoint

PowerPoint’s rehearse timing feature can help a great deal, as you can record yourself practising the presentation and observe areas for improvement. Remember, conference presentations are time-limited , don’t disrespect fellow speakers by overlapping their scheduled slot or, worse, have moderators trim your presentation after several warnings.

Mistake #4 – Lacking hierarchy for the presented content

Looking at a slide and not knowing where the main point is discouraging for the audience, especially if you introduce several pieces of content under the same slide. Instead, opt to create a hierarchy that comprehends both text and images. It helps to arrange the content according to your narrative, and we’ll see more on this later on.

Consider your conference presentation as your introduction card in the professional world. Maybe you have a broad network of colleagues, but be certain there are plenty of people out there that have yet to learn about who you are and the work you produce.

Conferences help businesspeople and academics alike to introduce the results of months of research on a specific topic in front of a knowledgeable audience. It is different from a product launch as you don’t need to present a “completed product” but rather your views or advances, in other words, your contribution with valuable insights to the field.

Putting dedication into your conference presentation, from the slide deck design to presentation skills , is definitely worth the effort. The audience can get valuable references from the quality of work you are able to produce, often leading to potential partnerships. In business conferences, securing an investor deal can happen after a powerful presentation that drives the audience to perceive your work as the very best thing that’s about to be launched. It is all about how your body language reflects your intent, how well-explained the concepts are, and the emotional impact you can drive from it.

There are multiple ways on how to start a presentation for a conference, but overall, we can recap a good approach as follows.

Present a fact

Nothing grabs the interest of an audience quicker than introducing an interesting fact during the first 30 seconds of your presentation. The said fact has to be pivotal to the content your conference presentation will discuss later on, but as an ice-breaker, it is a strategy worth applying from time to time.

Ask a question

The main point when starting a conference presentation is to make an impact on the audience. We cannot think of a better way to engage with the audience than to ask them a question relevant to your work or research. It grabs the viewer’s interest for the potential feedback you shall give to those answers received.

Use powerful graphics

The value of visual presentations cannot be neglected in conferences. Sometimes an image makes a bigger impact than a lengthy speech, hence why you should consider starting your conference presentation with a photo or visual element that speaks for itself.

an example of combining powerful graphics with facts for conference presentation slides

For more tips and insights on how to start a presentation , we invite you to check this article.

Just as important as starting the presentation, the closure you give to your conference presentation matters a lot. This is the opportunity in which you can add your personal experience on the topic and reflect upon it with the audience or smoothly transition between the presentation and your Q&A session.

Below are some quick tips on how to end a presentation for a conference event.

End the presentation with a quote

Give your audience something to ruminate about with the help of a quote tailored to the topic you were discussing. There are plenty of resources for finding suitable quotes, and a great method for this is to design your penultimate slide with an image or black background plus a quote. Follow this with a final “thank you” slide.

Consider a video

If we say a video whose length is shorter than 1 minute, this is a fantastic resource to summarize the intent of your conference presentation. 

If you get the two-minute warning and you feel far off from finishing your presentation, first, don’t fret. Try to give a good closure when presenting in a conference without rushing information, as the audience wouldn’t get any concept clear that way. Mention that the information you presented will be available for further reading at the event’s platform site or your company’s digital business card , and proceed to your closure phase for the presentation.

It is better to miss some of the components of the conference than to get kicked out after several warnings for exceeding the allotted time.

Tailoring your conference presentation to suit your audience is crucial to delivering an impactful talk. Different audiences have varying levels of expertise, interests, and expectations. By customizing your content, tone, and examples, you can enhance the relevance and engagement of your presentation.

Understanding Audience Backgrounds and Expectations

Before crafting your presentation, research your audience’s backgrounds and interests. Are they professionals in your field, students, or a mix of both? Are they familiar with the topic, or must you provide more context? Understanding these factors will help you pitch your content correctly and avoid overwhelming or boring your audience.

Adapting Language and Tone for Relevance

Use language that resonates with your audience. Avoid jargon or technical terms that might confuse those unfamiliar with your field. Conversely, don’t oversimplify if your audience consists of experts. Adjust your tone to match the event’s formality and your listeners’ preferences.

Customizing Examples and Case Studies

Incorporate case studies, examples, and anecdotes that your audience can relate to. If you’re speaking to professionals, use real-world scenarios from their industry. For a more general audience, choose examples that are universally relatable. This personal touch makes your content relatable and memorable.

Effectively presenting data is essential for conveying complex information to your audience. Visualizations can help simplify intricate concepts and make your points more digestible.

Choosing the Right Data Representation

Select the appropriate type of graph or chart to illustrate your data. Bar graphs, pie charts, line charts, and scatter plots each serve specific purposes. Choose the one that best supports your message and ensures clarity.

Designing Graphs and Charts for Clarity

Ensure your graphs and charts are easily read. Use clear labels, appropriate color contrasts, and consistent scales. Avoid clutter and simplify the design to highlight the most important data points.

Incorporating Annotations and Explanations

Add annotations or callouts to your graphs to emphasize key findings. Explain the significance of each data point to guide your audience’s understanding. Utilize visual cues, such as arrows and labels, to direct attention.

Engaging your audience is a fundamental skill for a successful presentation for conference. Captivate their attention, encourage participation, and foster a positive connection.

Establishing Eye Contact and Body Language

Maintain eye contact with different audience parts to create a sense of connection. Effective body language, such as confident posture and expressive gestures, enhances your presence on stage.

Encouraging Participation and Interaction

Involve your audience through questions, polls, or interactive activities. Encourage them to share their thoughts or experiences related to your topic. This engagement fosters a more dynamic and memorable presentation.

Using Humor and Engaging Stories

Incorporate humor and relatable anecdotes to make your presentation more enjoyable. Well-timed jokes or personal stories can create a rapport with your audience and make your content more memorable.

The design of your conference presentation slides plays a crucial role in capturing and retaining your audience’s attention. Thoughtful design can amplify your message and reinforce key points. Take a look at these suggestions to boost the performance of your conference presentation slides, or create an entire slide deck in minutes by using SlideModel’s AI Presentation Maker from text .

Creating Memorable Opening Slides

Craft an opening slide that piques the audience’s curiosity and sets the tone for your presentation. Use an engaging visual, thought-provoking quote, or intriguing question to grab their attention from the start.

Using Visual Hierarchy for Emphasis

Employ visual hierarchy to guide your audience’s focus. Highlight key points with larger fonts, bold colors, or strategic placement. Organize information logically to enhance comprehension.

Designing a Powerful Closing Slide

End your presentation with a compelling closing slide that reinforces your main message. Summarize your key points, offer a memorable takeaway, or invite the audience to take action. Use visuals that resonate and leave a lasting impression.

Slide transitions and animations can enhance the flow of your presentation and emphasize important content. However, their use requires careful consideration to avoid distractions or confusion.

Enhancing Flow with Transitions

Select slide transitions that smoothly guide the audience from one point to the next. Avoid overly flashy transitions that detract from your content. Choose options that enhance, rather than disrupt, the presentation’s rhythm.

Using Animation to Highlight Points

Animate elements on your slides to draw attention to specific information. Animate text, images, or graphs to appear as you discuss them, helping the audience follow your narrative more effectively.

Avoiding Overuse of Effects

While animation can be engaging, avoid excessive use that might overwhelm or distract the audience. Maintain a balance between animated elements and static content for a polished presentation.

Effective time management is crucial for delivering a concise and impactful conference presentation within the allocated time frame.

Structuring for Short vs. Long Presentations

Adapt your content and pacing based on the duration of your presentation. Clearly outline the main points for shorter talks, and delve into more depth for longer sessions. Ensure your message aligns with the time available.

Prioritizing Key Information

Identify the core information you want your audience to take away. Focus on conveying these essential points, and be prepared to trim or elaborate on supporting details based on the available time.

Practicing Time Management

Rehearse your presentation while timing yourself to ensure you stay within the allocated time. Adjust your delivery speed to match your time limit, allowing for smooth transitions and adequate Q&A time.

Multimedia elements, such as videos, audio clips, and live demonstrations, can enrich your presentation and provide a dynamic experience for your audience.

Integrating Videos and Audio Clips

Use videos and audio clips strategically to reinforce your points or provide real-world examples. Ensure that the multimedia content is of high quality and directly supports your narrative.

Showcasing Live Demonstrations

Live demonstrations can engage the audience by showcasing practical applications of your topic. Practice the demonstration beforehand to ensure it runs smoothly and aligns with your message.

Using Hyperlinks for Additional Resources

Incorporate hyperlinks into your presentation to direct the audience to additional resources, references, or related content. This allows interested attendees to explore the topic further after the presentation.

Engaging with your audience after your presentation can extend the impact of your talk and foster valuable connections.

Leveraging Post-Presentation Materials

Make your presentation slides and related materials available to attendees after the event. Share them through email, a website, or a conference platform, allowing interested individuals to review the content.

Sharing Slides and Handouts

Provide downloadable versions of your slides and any handouts you used during the presentation. This helps attendees revisit key points and share the information with colleagues.

Networking and Following Up

Utilize networking opportunities during and after the conference to connect with attendees who are interested in your topic. Exchange contact information and follow up with personalized messages to continue the conversation.

Preparing for unexpected challenges during your presenting at a conference can help you maintain professionalism and composure, ensuring a seamless delivery.

Dealing with Technical Glitches

Technical issues can occur, from projector malfunctions to software crashes. Stay calm and have a backup plan, such as having your slides available on multiple devices or using printed handouts.

Handling Unexpected Interruptions

Interruptions, such as questions from the audience or unforeseen disruptions, are a normal part of live presentations. Address them politely, stay adaptable, and seamlessly return to your prepared content.

Staying Calm and Professional

Maintain a composed demeanor regardless of unexpected situations. Your ability to handle challenges gracefully reflects your professionalism and dedication to delivering a successful presentation.

Creating environmentally friendly presentations demonstrates your commitment to sustainability and responsible practices.

Designing Eco-Friendly Slides

Minimize the use of resources by designing slides with efficient layouts, avoiding unnecessary graphics or animations, and using eco-friendly color schemes.

Reducing Paper and Material Waste

Promote a paperless approach by encouraging attendees to access digital materials rather than printing handouts. If print materials are necessary, consider using recycled paper.

Promoting Sustainable Practices

Advocate for sustainability during your presentation by discussing relevant initiatives, practices, or innovations that align with environmentally conscious values.

Measuring the success of your conference presentation goes beyond the applause and immediate feedback. It involves assessing the impact of your presentation on your audience, goals, and growth as a presenter.

Collecting Audience Feedback

After presenting at a conference, gather feedback from attendees. Provide feedback forms or online surveys to capture their thoughts on the content, delivery, and visuals. Analyzing their feedback can reveal areas for improvement and give insights into audience preferences.

Evaluating Key Performance Metrics

Consider objective metrics such as audience engagement, participation, and post-presentation interactions. Did attendees ask questions? Did your content spark discussions? Tracking these metrics can help you gauge the effectiveness of your presentation in conveying your message.

Continuous Improvement Strategies

Use the feedback and insights gathered to enhance your future presentations. Identify strengths to build upon and weaknesses to address. Continuously refine your presentation skills , design choices, and content to create even more impactful presentations in the future.

Tip #1 – Exhibit a single idea per slide

Just one slide per concept, avoiding large text blocks. If you can compile the idea with an image, it’s better that way.

Research shows that people’s attention span is limited ; therefore, redirect your efforts in what concerns presentation slides so your ideas become crystal clear for the spectators.

Tip #2 – Avoid jargon whenever possible

Using complex terms does not directly imply you fully understand the concept you are about to discuss. In spite of your work being presented to a knowledgeable audience, avoid jargon as much as possible because you run the risk of people not understanding what you are saying.

Instead, opt to rehearse your presentation in front of a not-knowledgeable audience to measure the jargon volume you are adding to it. Technical terms are obviously expected in a conference situation, but archaic terms or purely jargon can be easily trimmed this way.

Tip #3 – Replace bulleted listings with structured layouts or diagrams

Bullet points are attention grabbers for the audience. People tend to instantly check what’s written in them, in contrast to waiting for you to introduce the point itself. 

Using bullet points as a way to expose elements of your presentation should be restricted. Opt for limiting the bullet points to non-avoidable facts to list or crucial information. 

Tip #4 – Customize presentation templates

Using presentation templates is a great idea to save time in design decisions. These pre-made slide decks are entirely customizable; however, many users fall into using them as they come, exposing themselves to design inconsistencies (especially with images) or that another presenter had the same idea (it is extremely rare, but it can happen).

Learning how to properly change color themes in PowerPoint is an advantageous asset. We also recommend you use your own images or royalty-free images selected by you rather than sticking to the ones included in a template.

Tip #5 – Displaying charts

Graphs and charts comprise around 80% of the information in most business and academic conferences. Since data visualization is important, avoid common pitfalls such as using 3D effects in bar charts. Depending on the audience’s point of view, those 3D effects can make the data hard to read or get an accurate interpretation of what it represents.

using 2D graphics to show relevant data in conference presentation slides

Tip #6 – Using images in the background

Use some of the images you were planning to expose as background for the slides – again, not all of them but relevant slides.

Be careful when placing text above the slides if they have a background image, as accessibility problems may arise due to contrast. Instead, apply an extra color layer above the image with reduced opacity – black or white, depending on the image and text requirements. This makes the text more legible for the audience, and you can use your images without any inconvenience.

Tip #7 – Embrace negative space

Negative space is a concept seen in design situations. If we consider positive space as the designed area, meaning the objects, shapes, etc., that are “your design,” negative space can be defined as the surrounding area. If we work on a white canvas, negative space is the remaining white area surrounding your design.

The main advantage of using negative space appropriately is to let your designs breathe. Stuffing charts, images and text makes it hard to get a proper understanding of what’s going on in the slide. Apply the “less is more” motto to your conference presentation slides, and embrace negative space as your new design asset.

Tip #8 – Use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

You would be surprised to see how many typos can be seen in slides at professional gatherings. Whereas typos can often pass by as a humor-relief moment, grammatical or awful spelling mistakes make you look unprofessional. 

Take 5 extra minutes before submitting your slide deck to proofread the grammar, spelling, and punctuation. If in doubt, browse dictionaries for complex technical words.

Tip #10 – Use an appropriate presentation style

The format of the conference will undoubtedly require its own presentation style. By this we mean that it is different from delivering a conference presentation in front of a live audience as a webinar conference. The interaction with the audience is different, the demands for the Q&A session will be different, and also during webinars the audience is closely looking at your slides.

Tip #11 – Control your speaking tone

Another huge mistake when delivering a conference presentation is to speak with a monotonous tone. The message you transmit to your attendees is that you simply do not care about your work. If you believe you fall into this category, get feedback from others: try pitching to them, and afterward, consider how you talk. 

Practicing breathing exercises can help to articulate your speech skills, especially if anxiety hinders your presentation performance.

Tip #12 – On eye contact and note reading

In order to connect with your audience, it is imperative to make eye contact. Not stare, but look at your spectators from time to time as the talk is directed at them.

If you struggle on this point, a good tip we can provide is to act like you’re looking at your viewers. Pick a good point a few centimeters above your viewer and direct your speech there. They will believe you are communicating directly with them. Shift your head slightly on the upcoming slide or bullet and choose a new location.

Regarding note reading, while it is an acceptable practice to check your notes, do not make the entire talk a lecture in which you simply read your notes to the audience. This goes hand-by-hand with the speaking tone in terms of demonstrating interest in the work you do. Practice as often as you need before the event to avoid constantly reading your notes. Reading a paragraph or two is okay, but not the entire presentation.

Tip #13 – Be ready for the Q&A session

Despite it being a requirement in most conference events, not all presenters get ready for the Q&A session. It is a part of the conference presentation itself, so you should pace your speech to give enough time for the audience to ask 1-3 questions and get a proper answer.

a Q&A slide to start the Q&A session

Don’t be lengthy or overbearing in replying to each question, as you may run out of time. It is preferable to give a general opinion and then reach the interested person with your contact information to discuss the topic in detail.

Observing what others do at conference events is good practice for learning a tip or two for improving your own work. As we have seen throughout this article, conference presentation slides have specific requirements to become a tool in your presentation rather than a mixture of information without order.

Employ these tips and suggestions to craft your upcoming conference presentation without any hurdles. Best of luck!

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How to present a research paper in a conference

Almost every conference has at least one time period set aside for research papers to be presented orally or on a podium. These sessions for podium presentations are crucial for the presenters, organizers, and attendees. The task of gathering all the information and ideas for a presentation in less than ten minutes may appear intimidating to newcomers and those freshly beginning. The stress of speaking in front of an audience of professionals and, most importantly, of being ready to respond to probing questions from the delegates would be added to that.

We hope that this message will serve as a helpful guide for newcomers on how to approach scientific presentations, which are crucial for one’s career and, more importantly, for the advancement of research. When your research study is over, the results have been examined, and a report has been prepared, you should start looking for conferences where presenting your research would be of interest and significance to the attendees. But you might begin considering the presenting procedure even before deciding on the conference.

A podium presentation of a research paper at a conference can be intimidating for a novice. One must select an appropriate conference for their presentation, write an abstract, prepare slides and a speech that goes along with them, and practice responding to audience queries. They must also face their dread of public speaking and their fear of running into an unfriendly crowd who will tear their paper to pieces. This communication aims to offer helpful advice on how to approach creating and delivering a research paper.

Identify What The Primary Message Of Your Research Is & Determine Whether A Conference Presentation Is The Right Platform For You

  • Finding the main point, which can be conveyed in a single or a few phrases, is the first stage. 
  • Then think about if the facts and analysis in the research article are too extensive and complicated to be given in eight to ten minutes. 
  • One choice, if you believe it is, is to display it as a poster. 
  • The alternative is to make a podium presentation using only a portion of the data.

Select The Most Appropriate Conference & Gather All the Required Conferencing Info You Require To Make An Informed Decision

  • You should give the conference’s significance the utmost consideration while choosing it. 
  • You should be wondering whether or not the attendees of the conference that you’re presented at will find your work interesting. 
  • Do they need something like that? 
  • Of course, any obligations you have, registration fees, travel expenses, etc., would also affect your choice. 
  • You’d want to learn more about the conference and the oral presentation session once you’ve been chosen. 
  • Visit the conference website and peruse the booklet to learn more about these aspects. 
  • information about the abstract (deadlines, type, word limits, whether figures and graphs can be included, etc.), 
  • the prospective attendees (experts, beginners, super-specialists, specialists, or generalists), 
  • the presentation (time allotted, technical details like software permitted), and 
  • the location (seating capacity, 
  • whether there would be concurrent sessions, 
  • kind of audiovisual aids that would be available, 
  • type of stage and seating arrangement, etc.). 
  • You must use this knowledge to plan your presentation. Many conferences include clear directions (on topics such as “ how to publish research paper in Scopus “, “ how to apply international conference “, and the like), rules, and even presentation templates. 

Devise A Strategy A Follow It To A Tee

  • Making an effective presentation requires careful planning. 
  • what is the main message and how to elaborate on it (content), 
  • who should present the paper (presenter), 
  • what work should other team members carry out (support), 
  • should we stick to the traditional format or innovate a little bit (style), and 
  • what precautions should I take to prevent the last-minute hiccups from ruining the effort.
  • A research project may involve several scientists, but only one can present it at the conference. 
  • The person who oversaw the study took part in the study, and performed the analysis is the ideal candidate to give the presentation. 
  • In other words, the person selected to present the study should be familiar with all of its subtle aspects and have a thorough understanding of the subject. 
  • Establish the roles that each member of the research team will play. 
  • Even though the presenter will be in charge of everything, the team members can assist him/her. 
  • For instance, one member may conduct a thorough literature search to find recently published, pertinent articles, another could assist him/her in creating presentation content and slide designs, and everyone could help him/her get ready for any potential questions. 
  • Other team members can organize how to accomplish this effectively and within a set time frame. 
  • You must set aside adequate time for team meetings to choose the main point and how to elaborate on it, for speech practice, and for managing the question-and-answer (Q&A) session. 
  • It is usually preferable to have a practical “timetable” because numerous tasks are carried out simultaneously, and numerous milestones must be attained in a timely and systematic manner.
  • The chance to communicate key findings from recently completed research 
  • The chance to develop abilities.
  • Providing an overview of the research, speaking in front of an audience, successfully explaining research findings, and defending your work.

research paper conference presentation

The discussions that take place throughout the session can help you better understand many aspects of your study, including its limitations. This will allow you to – 

  • Improve your CV (Curriculum Vitae) and lead to career advancement 
  • Start to be recognized as a professional in the field you’ve chosen and a budding expert 
  • Have the chance to interact with others (including experts) doing similar work, which will allow for future collaborations 
  • Achieve the requirements set by some universities and employers for admission to their programs or for promotion delegates Organisers of conferences
  • Giving researchers a platform to share their discoveries makes the conference more alluring to scientists.

Complete & Submit The Abstract

  • The abstract must be written in accordance with the guidelines established by the conference organizers. 
  • A structured abstract, including the subheadings introduction, objectives, methodology, results, and discussion, is always an excellent idea. 
  • When appropriate and allowed by the conference, graphs should be used to describe complex results. 
  • The main idea should be clear from the abstract. 
  • It isn’t possible to overstate the value of the abstract enough. 
  • It usually serves as a historical reference by being published in an abstract book and/or uploaded to the conference website. 
  • To decide which presentations to attend and which to skip, many participants also skim the abstract book. 
  • Verify that the Abstract’s content is accepted by all of the co-authors.
  • Include a cover note with the abstract that highlights the significance of your research. 
  • If there is enough time, one might even consider finishing the entire manuscript before the presentation. 
  • The task of the presenter is made easier by it. 
  • She only needs to pick out the right paragraphs, tables, and graphs from the book and place them on the slides. 
  • Make careful to explicitly state in the cover letter if the research has already been presented at another conference or if the study’s findings have been published in a journal. 
  • In the world of science, honesty and openness are the greatest policies.
  • Since the audience and venue of the conference may differ, the majority of organizers will let you present the work even if it has already been done so.
  • Enlisting the help of a research consultancy can help ease the burden for you. 

Prepare What You’re Going To Say & The Slides You’re Going To Present

  • During a presentation, the material of the slides and the speech must coincide and be synchronized. 
  • The number of slides you can use will depend on the amount of time you have, the complexity of the information and ideas you want to convey, how many slides have figures and graphs, and how quickly you speak. 
  • But generally speaking, a presentation should have one slide each minute (maybe excluding the title, competing interests, and acknowledgment slides).
  • Most conferences give the speaker eight minutes to present their work, with an additional two minutes allotted for questions and comments. 
  • The order of the slides will logically adhere to the IMRaD format (Introduction, Methods, Result, and Discussion), with a focus on delivering clear objectives, significant details of methodology and results, and pertinent discussion on the study’s significance.
  • While creating the slides, many presenters find it more convenient to work backward. 
  • They prefer to start by writing a few study findings and adding pertinent methodologies and results as they go. 
  • This supposedly aids in removing irrelevant information. 
  • To explain complex data, one can use a table or a figure. 
  • The Table should be full but not excessively so. Important numbers can be highlighted (in bold font, different colors) so that you can point to them and talk about them. 
  • Using a diagram, one can illustrate complicated patient flow.
  • One of the best methods for showcasing data is using graphs. 
  • While creating slides, you must adhere to a few common guidelines. 
  • The main idea is to always choose a “minimalistic” approach. 
  • To convey your presentation, utilize the least amount of text, lines, graphics, and information possible. 
  • Only the information necessary to convey the main idea on each slide should be present, and you should only use the number of slides necessary to accomplish this. 
  • You will have to hurry through the written content if there is too much information on the slides. 
  • Our target audience won’t have enough time to read it and will become disoriented. 
  • For lack of time, skipping slides at the end of your presentation suggests that some of your slides are unimportant. 
  • The audience will become uninterested in your presentation with absolute certainty if you do this.
  • Never type an entire message or paragraph on a slide. 
  • Don’t display complicated info. 
  • Simply said, there isn’t enough time to explain elaborate long tables. 
  • It is frequently advisable to summarise the data in such a case to make it easier to understand. 
  • Some researchers choose to print out handouts regarding the study and make them available to the in-attendance delegates in the presentation room when the data is too complex. 
  • The information on the slides should be organized in a series of concise, bulleted sentences. 
  • You should make use of these as speaking aids or reminders. 
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  • Keep a backup of the presentation on another pen drive or hard drive after the slide set is complete. 
  • Make sure no other vital information is on the pen drive. 
  • In some circumstances, after connecting the pen drive to the conference PC, the whole contents of the disc have been deleted. 
  • Send the presentation to a friend or yourself via email. If the hard drive of the computer or the pen drive becomes corrupt, these extra copies come in handy. 
  • Carry an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) to USB cable converter if you intend to utilize your own laptop for the presentation because some computers have HDMI cables while others have VGA cables for connecting to LCD (liquid crystal display) projectors.
  • Write the speech out in clear, basic terms. Avoid using jargon. Nobody is impressed by it. 
  • Use an energetic voice and succinct words. 
  • Pick your words wisely. 
  • Only use terms like “significant,” “always,” “never,” “best,” or “ideal” if the evidence supports them. 
  • Slide by slide, write out your speech. 
  • This will make it simpler for you to add the right hints to the slide. 
  • To enter your speech, use the notes pane in Microsoft PowerPoint. You can use this when practicing your speech. 
  • You must keep in mind that you won’t be able to go into detail due to time restrictions. 
  • You will be able to discuss only the most important points. 
  • For instance, it is crucial to disclose the characteristics of the study participants (eligibility criteria). 
  • You will need to specify only those inclusion and exclusion criteria that will offer the audience a clear understanding of what the study is about because you cannot afford to read out all of them. 
  • Maintaining this equilibrium between necessary disclosure and the time needed to deliver the methodology section is crucial.
  • When creating the slide or slides for the Results section, start by including the raw data and simple descriptive statistics. 
  • Describe the traits of the study population, or those of the control and target groups, in every sentence. 
  • Before presenting other data, provide information pertaining to the primary research topic. 
  • You must spend some time describing any tables, figures, or graphs you have included. 
  • You do not have to go into great depth, though. 
  • Just highlight the most important data or observations.
  • The data from other research should be highlighted, the study’s advantages and disadvantages should be stated, and only then may conclusions be drawn based on the totality of the available data. 
  • After you’ve completed drafting the speech, carefully edit it. 
  • Examine it for yourself to ensure that the information is sound, important, and deserving of inclusion. 
  • Additionally, look for logical flow and continuity of thought (referring to the conference’s research and publication guidelines helps in this regard).
  • Your co-authors should see the slides and the speech’s text. 
  • Take into account their insightful advice. 
  • Title – 1 Slide 

List The Study’s full title. Include all authors’ names, last names, and institutional affiliations.

  • Disputed Interests – 1 Slide

Certain conferences demand that the speaker outline competing interests (financial and other). This enables the attendees to evaluate the outcomes in the proper light.

  • Introduction – 1 Slide

Use this slide to briefly present pertinent background information. The delegates ought to be able to comprehend the necessity of doing the investigation as a result. Write down the research question.

  • Objectives – 1 Slide

Indicate the main goal and any crucial auxiliary goals in clear terms. Include just those goals for which the presentation will disclose pertinent results. Some people opt to skip this slide since they feel it makes the presentation longer. The “introduction” slide includes objectives.

  • Methods – 1 or 2 Slides 

Describe the technique by outlining key details about the population examined, study design, study protocol, statistical plan, and ethical considerations (IRB approval, participant consent, and assent). Refrain from giving details that are not necessary. A complicated process would require two presentations.

  • Results – 1 or 2 slides

Include numerical information. Use charts and tables as appropriate

  • Discussion/Conclusions – 1 or 2 slides  

Describe any new information the study has brought to light. Describe the study’s weaknesses and strengths. Describe the appropriate use of the results in light of the available evidence. Offer research directions for the future. Send a message to the audience.

  • Acknowledgment – 1 Slide 

Thank funding organizations, individuals who contributed significantly to the research, and others whose support led to you learning about and taking advantage of existing research funding opportunitie s.

Time Your Speech To Perfection & Practise It

  • Ask for feedback and make good use of it. 
  • For novices, practice and proper timing of your voice are quite important.
  • Invite loved ones, friends, co-authors, and coworkers to the presentation so they can offer feedback. 
  • Peers and colleagues can offer technical advice in addition to giving you advice about the readability and attractiveness of the slides and the manner in which you should deliver the speech. 
  • Many of the practice sessions will be conducted by yourself in front of a laptop. 
  • There will be a few practice sessions held in front of a small group of people.
  • As a result, you can have anxiety when giving a conference presentation before a sizable audience. 
  • If you’ve prepared well, the anxiety will quickly pass once you begin speaking.
  • You may improve your speech by practicing and rehearsing it, and it will also help you recall it exactly. 
  • This will enable you to carry on with your discussion even if a technical issue during the presentation prevents the slides from being shown for a while.
  • It is impossible to foresee the queries that will be asked. 
  • As a result, you cannot adequately prepare for the Q&A session. 
  • You can still train for it, though. 
  • Ask your friends and coworkers to think up questions and practice responding to them. 
  • When you respond to difficult questions, they will let you know if you become confrontational, submissive, or too defensive or if your demeanor deteriorates.
  • The most crucial step is to practice talking, as repetition makes perfect. 
  • You can check your copy for errors like misspellings and incomplete phrases, as well as assess the overall coherence and flow by practicing reading it aloud. 
  • Putting your presentation through practice can boost your confidence because you’ll become quite familiar with the key terminology you’ll be utilizing as well as your own writing and thinking style.
  • Looking up at your audience and demonstrating that you value their attention will become simpler the more you practice. Your presentation will be more effective if the audience is more involved.
  • Don’t go beyond the time provided. The best method to ensure that you stay within the allotted time for your discussion is to practice it beforehand. Take a timer. Make an effort to finish in a minute less than given! The audience, and especially the organizers, do not want to listen to more than is necessary, no matter how intriguing and significant the additional information may appear to you. You probably have a paper to give right after them, and you don’t want to sound like you think your work needs more time. Most of the time, people don’t remark that presentations are “too short.”
  • You should also be aware of what group presentations entail if you’re delivering the presentation with your co-authors. If you are giving a presentation with a colleague, planning the discussion beforehand will help to guarantee that you and your co-presenter are on the same page. Your pieces should work together smoothly and consistently.
  • You might wish to increase your printed notes’ or printed paper’s font size to at least fourteen points. On occasion, dim lighting makes it challenging to read in a room.
  • Step #7 

Become Acquainted With The Auditorium/Presentation Hall That You’ll Be Presenting At & It’s Audiovisual System 

  • You must become quite familiar with the hall, either the day before or during an earlier session. 
  • You will then consider where to stand, how to look over the entire audience, and whether you can move around a little while presenting or whether you should stick close to the lectern while you speak. 
  • Visit the control room if you can. 
  • Verify your slides’ compatibility and how they appear on the computer monitor.
  • Program changes could result in variations in how colors and symbols are perceived or are projected. 
  • Check your knowledge of mouse, pointer, and computer use. 
  • Learn how to advance slides, then practice. 
  • These lessen your mental uncertainty and assist in lowering your anxiety.
  • Other strategies some speakers use to calm themselves before speaking include drinking a glass of water or taking a few deep breaths.
  • Walking the entire length of the platform without a need to.
  • Moving too far away from the lectern could cause the microphone to fall and make noise.
  • Moving too much or rocking back and forth. 
  • Holding the microphone too close, which could cause disturbance.
  • Getting in the way of the projection stream, which could cast a shadow on the slides.
  • Making jokes that show gender bias or disrespect for a community or a professional 
  • Using profanity.
  • Moving the cursor in large, circular motions around large portions of the text or graphic images.
  • Maintaining the pointer when the spot is visible on the walls and slides, which distracts.
  • Repetitive pen/pointer clicking behavior
  • Looking for a “certain” slide by repeatedly flipping the slides.
  • “um,” 
  • “urr,” or
  • “ahem.” 
  • “Actually,” “essentially,” and “generally speaking” are frequent fillers.
  • When the phrase is about to end, lower our voice. Due to this, it is challenging to listen to, and the meaning is lost.

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Understand The Culture Of Presenting Research At International Academic Conferences

  • Conferences are fantastic venues for networking, taking in new information, and showcasing your work to other academic experts and intellectuals. 
  • This is a daunting endeavor, but as with any difficulty, preparation is key. 
  • Be prompt, accurate, and professional in your correspondence when emailing a panel organizer or the people in charge of the Honors Thesis presentation. Make sure you can provide your paper if they request a draught two weeks prior to the presentation (or tell them in advance if you cannot meet the deadline). The organizers are likely to reciprocate your respectful and responsible behavior if you show it to them throughout your interactions with them.
  • When you’re at a conference, be enthusiastic and self-assured, and stick near your front-row presenters. Be sure to introduce yourself to the session’s chair(s) and get ready to meet a lot of individuals who could keep asking you the same questions.
  • Prevent pointless delays. Prepare your digital file as well as your presentation by printing it (or putting it on an iPad or other device). Finish your visual presentation as soon as possible, and make sure it can be played and is not corrupted or too huge. You don’t want to put the panel’s organizers under more strain because conferences are extremely time-sensitive, and technical issues crop up frequently.
  • Dress appropriately. The required attire may differ greatly depending on the conference you’re attending. To look professional and comfortable at the same time, try to dress accordingly. You will feel more assured as a result.

Executing The Delivery Of Your Presentation To Perfection

  • Additionally crucial is your appearance. 
  • If there is a dress code specified, follow it. 
  • It is advised that the speaker wear decent clothing that is a touch nicer than the audience’s. 
  • Overly loose clothing or accessories can become stuck in unusual places, such as a lectern or a flip chart stand, while too-tight attire restricts the speaker’s movements. 
  • You should wear simple, unobtrusive clothing without bright colors or busy patterns. 
  • The speaker’s attire should ideally make it easy for them to carry a wireless microphone. 
  • You contribute to a presentation’s visual experience as a presenter.
  • You should situate yourself such that the audience can see the projected slides without being obstructed. 
  • Remove any items that might be casting shadows on the slides, such as the laptop flap, the water bottle, or the flower vase. 
  • Begin by extending greetings to the audience, thanking the hosts and moderators, and outlining the significance of the study. 
  • When you are introduced, typically, the title slide flashes. 
  • There is no need to read the study’s title twice as a result. 
  • Some speakers open by telling a story or a joke.
  • Two things should be kept in mind: only do it if you are good at it. 
  • Second, keep in mind that it takes up some of the extremely little time you have been given. 
  • Continue with what you conducted and what you discovered before talking about the significance, constraints, and implications of your research. 
  • It’s important to have your words and your projections in sync. 
  • Avoid bringing to the podium any supporting materials, such as a written speech or plan. 
  • Although you might glance briefly at the slides on your laptop or the screen while giving a presentation, your main focus should be on your audience.
  • Maintaining eye contact with the audience motivates them to keep reading the slides and keeps their attention on the presentation. 
  • As you speak, smile a little bit and turn your head to engage everyone in the room.
  • Many conferences record the presentations and lectures so that the delegates seated in another hall can listen to them later. 
  • The recorded video is frequently posted on the organization’s or conference’s website. 
  • During your presentation, make sure to spend some time looking directly into the camera. 
  • Use the pointer sparingly to draw the audience’s attention to certain numbers or language placed on the slide or to target specific areas on graphs, figures, and charts. 
  • Place your arm on the podium if you tremble. 
  • Talk clearly and slowly. 
  • The speech should be delivered in a casual, conversational style.
  • Most importantly, your confidence and passion should shine through the entire presentation. 
  • Avoid distracting activities that will irritate the audience. 
  • Always adhere to the moderator’s allotted time limit. 
  • Aside from being rude to the speakers who are scheduled to speak after you, speaking for longer than the allotted time may also try the audience’s patience. 
  • Additionally, the Q-A session can be canceled, denying you the chance to ask questions and seek clarification on specific subjects.
  • It takes focus, discipline 1, and tact to answer questions because it’s an art form. 
  • A moderator will typically begin by asking a clarifying question. 
  • Presenters who are skilled at anticipating questions arrive at the session ready with a few slides to address potential inquiries. 
  • This tactic can be employed in particular if you don’t have enough time to fully explain some complex information or a topic in your presentation but are confident enough that those whom you are presenting to will be aware of it. 
  • Avoid creating too many slides for this purpose because you will have to sift through them all, which will take time, and try the patience of the audience. 
  • In order to show that you are knowledgeable about the research and the topic, pay attention to the entire question and respond accurately and concisely. 
  • Keep your composure and speak calmly when you respond to a query.
  • Never make somebody feel inferior or embarrassed in front of the group. 
  • In fact, thank the inquirer for their thoughtful question. 
  • Ask for more clarity if you aren’t able to understand a question being asked.
  • Say so if you are unsure of the response to a question. 
  • If your co-authors are present, you might want to ask them. 
  • If the interrogation turns hostile, try starting with clarifications from point 10 of agreement and skillfully flipping the topic around to ask the interrogator for his opinion on the subject. 
  • Most scientists will have to put in the effort to produce an effective presentation. 
  • However, some people have a natural flair for it. 
  • The speaker needs to be an authority on the subject for the presentation to be successful. 
  • However, the way the slides are created, how she presents herself, and how the presentation is presented all play a part in how well it goes. 
  • The story does not finish here. 
  • You might only be beginning your road toward being a skilled communicator and presenter.
  • You should make a note of the queries that were left unanswered or were challenging to address after the presentation. 
  • You should ask for the delegates’ phone numbers and email addresses who asked for clarifications or further information. 
  • Additionally, you ought to record the comments made following the session. 
  • A lot of researchers also ask the event planners for a video of their own talk so they may watch it afterward. 
  • When you get back from the conference, research the questions that seemed difficult to address, then get in touch with attendees to give them the details they asked for. 
  • The “sure-shot” method of establishing and strengthening your credibility as an honest scientist is to do this.
  • While putting together the research manuscript, the ideas received should be given the appropriate weight. 
  • To evaluate your own performance while presenting and fielding questions, watch the presentation video clip. 
  • By doing so, each presentation will help you build your network, refine your study paper, and improve your performance the following time.

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Conference Paper Format and Style Guidelines

Matthieu Chartier, PhD.

Published on 23 Jun 2022

There are many different ways to write a conference paper. Most journals have their own requirements around specific length, document type, and the font details of pieces being submitted for publishing.

However, there are certain details that are commonly found in conference papers. Most are brief in length, attempting to explain complex concepts using simple, concise language. They typically include the article’s purpose and objectives, research methods, findings/results, conclusions, and references. 

The information covered in a conference paper is closely-related to the oral presentation that the author is hoping to make at an academic conference. These papers are often written in a format that will “match” the oral presentation with a goal to communicate a research project and its main findings, and to solicit feedback and generate interest in the work being done.

This article will define a conference research paper and describe its purpose, formats, structure and provide tips on how to write the best conference research paper possible. 

What is a conference research paper?

A conference research paper is a piece of writing that an author submits to conference organizers. The papers offer a preview of the work the researcher wants to present to let others in their field know about it and solicit feedback that could generate ideas for improvement.

Scientific papers

These papers are submitted for review in advance of the conference. This process begins with a call-for-papers, when a conference organizing committee sends out an invitation to academics in hopes of generating multiple submissions of content to be presented at their event. These invitations can be sent via email or posted to a conference announcement website. Then, the organizing committee conducts a thorough review process to confirm the legitimacy of the work being submitted. Then, the work is either approved or rejected, and those accepted become part of the conference programme and the authors are scheduled to present at the conference .

When the event concludes, these conference papers are combined into a conference proceedings document that is often published and kept as a written record of the event. 

What is the best conference paper format?

The most commonly used conference paper formats start with a title page and abstract and go on to describe the research being conducted and the methodology being used. Conference papers should be well-structured and concise, free of grammatical errors with references formatted based on requirements set out in the call-for-papers.

How to structure a conference paper

Conference papers should be structured around the prime objectives of the research being conducted and the summary of its findings. Most conference papers start by introducing the purpose of the research, the methodology, the results of the study, and references of the sources used. 

Here are the elements that are typically included in a conference paper: 

The title page

The title page is used to identify the main pieces of information needed in order to identify and evaluate a conference paper. It includes the title of the paper, which should clearly identify the focus of the research being presented. The title page should also include the author’s name, credentials, the research institution they’re affiliated with, the submission date, and the name of the conference for which the paper is being submitted. 

While the exact format that the conference is looking for should be described in the call-for-papers sent out by event organizers, you can find templates for conference paper title pages online. Here is one example of an APA style title page you can reference. 

The abstract

Conference papers begin with an abstract. An abstract is a short summary of the prime objective of your research, your hypothesis, the way you plan to conduct the study, the results, and the conclusions. Most abstracts are one or two paragraphs and kept under 250 words, but it’s not always the case so it’s best to check the guidelines provided by the conference organizers. 

The research methodology

In order for conference organizers to review and evaluate a conference paper, they must understand the methods used by the researcher to conduct the study being presented. Include a section in your paper that clearly (but briefly) describes your methodology, including any dominant theories that the methods are based on. 

The results

Clearly outline the results of the study, drawing data-driven conclusions. Present the insights uncovered by the research and how they can be used to advance your field of study. This will generate interest from other researchers in your field, potentially leading to partnerships or funding opportunities down the road. 

Your research results should take up about one-third of your conference paper, so for a 10-page paper, this section should be no longer than 3.5 pages. Whenever possible, display quantitative results in table format to make it easy for readers to understand. 

The references

Most conferences will clearly outline the type of references they expect in their call-for-papers or advertisement soliciting research submissions. Follow these guidelines to reference the work used to inform your research. 

Most events will request APA, MLA or Chicago-style formatting, but be prepared to reference any of the common formats. As a general rule, APA is most often used in education, psychology and sciences, MLA is used in the humanities, and Chicago style is used in business, history and fine arts. 

Tips to write a conference paper

1. focus on the abstract.

The abstract is the first thing academics look at when evaluating a piece of research. If your paper is accepted, you will be presenting your work to a group of your peers, and this abstract is their preview to the information that will be discussed. You’ll want to make it clear, concise, and interesting to read. 

This is also what conference organizers use to categorize different streams of work within the conference, so it’s important that your focus and subject matter is clearly defined and easy to determine. This will ensure you’re placed alongside researchers with a related field of study. 

Begin your abstract by defining the problem you hoped to solve when you began your research. Then, describe how you went about studying that problem before presenting your research findings and how they help solve the problem. 

2. Create a logical flow

Before you start writing, take some time to create an outline that follows a logical, cohesive flow of information. Review your research and determine the most important things you want to share in your presentation, and create your outline based on this list. An outline will help you stay focused and organized, and will make creating the abstract a breeze. 

In your outline, you should also plan to include data points that back up your conclusions to make your paper strong and convincing. 

3. Be careful of length

Look into the structure of the conference and find out the length of the presentations. This is usually stated in the conference posting, but if not, you can use the following guidelines. Most conferences allot 10-20 minutes for each oral presentation, and each page of writing takes about 2 minutes to read. Based on these numbers, a conference paper should not exceed 10 pages. 

4. Follow the format guidelines

Conference organizing committees will most of the time set specific guidelines for researchers to follow in their submissions. These guidelines will include the preferred file type (.doc, .rtf. .pdf etc), the font type and size, the spacing, where they want the page numbers, the length of the abstract, reference format, and more.

This simplifies the review process by allowing the reviewers to focus solely on the paper content, rather than having to decipher references or look for specific pieces of information.

5. Read it out loud

To keep your conference paper short, it’s important that every word counts. To keep your paper free of fluff and unnecessary words, read it out loud to yourself and remove or revise anything that isn’t optimal.

Reading out loud will also help you confirm that the information you’re presenting is organized into a logical flow that builds up support for your overall argument. Sometimes words look good typed out on a screen, but they don’t sound convincing or appropriate when spoken out loud. Since this paper is an overview of the research you hope to present in an oral presentation at a conference, it should sound convincing when you read it aloud. 

6. Write for your audience

Remember that you are writing for academic researchers who are knowledgeable in your field. 

Academic writing uses a more formal tone than a blog or news article. It is free of personal opinions or anecdotes, and does not include any jargon, cliches, or slang. Academic writing maintains a clear focus on the main area of research, and every sentence should resonate with your audience of researchers. 

Every piece of data used in a piece of academic writing should be backed-up with data. Researchers reviewing your work expect to be presented with data-driven insights that can be quantifiably verified. 

Reference everything. Not only does this add weight and legitimacy to your work, but it also shows respect for the researchers who came before you.  

Useful resources for conference papers

There are many resources available to help you write and format your conference papers. These are often free, and easily-accessible online. Here are a few to check out:

Overleaf is an online LaTeX editor that provides known journals and conference paper formats. It is a helpful resource but can be difficult for those that are not very technical. 

A friend to all writers, Grammarly provides free editing and grammar checks through a simple AI-powered platform available through the web or on your mobile device. There are free or paid versions available, depending on the level of functionality you’re looking for. 

Evernote can simplify and organize your research by making it easy to collect and share notes, and keep them with you wherever you go. 

Citationsy is a relatively new application that automates the process of creating and formatting references. This can be a significant time saver and remove one of the less exciting elements of academic writing.

If you’re at the stage in your research where you’re ready to write a conference paper and apply to present at an academic conference, congratulations! This means you have conducted a significant amount of research and are ready to share it with your peers.

We hope you’ve found this article a good resource to help you write this paper. If there are any tips or pieces of information that we’ve missed, please let us know .

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Research Conferences 101: A Complete Guide for Researchers

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Importance of Research Conferences in the Academic Community

Benefits of attending national and international research conferences, examples of national and international research conferences, overview of the differences between national and international research conferences, examples of well-known national and international research conferences in various fields, advantages of attending national research conferences, advantages of attending international research conferences, how to select and prepare for research conferences, challenges and solutions in attending research conferences, introduction.

Research conferences play a crucial role in the academic community by serving as platforms for researchers and scholars to exchange knowledge, present their findings, engage in scholarly discussions, and foster collaborations.

These conferences bring together experts, researchers, and practitioners from various disciplines and geographical locations to share their research findings, insights, and experiences. Research conferences can be national or international in scope, with varying levels of scale, audience, and impact.

Research conferences provide a platform for researchers to showcase their work, receive feedback, and disseminate their findings to a wider audience. This helps in advancing the state of knowledge in their field and contributing to the academic discourse.

Research conferences foster networking opportunities among researchers, enabling them to connect with peers, exchange ideas, and establish collaborations. These interactions can lead to new research partnerships, joint projects, and opportunities for future collaborations.

Research conferences promote interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches by bringing together researchers from different fields and facilitating cross-disciplinary discussions. This encourages the exchange of ideas, perspectives, and methodologies, leading to innovative research outcomes.

Research conferences offer opportunities for professional development through workshops, tutorials, and panel discussions. These sessions can help researchers enhance their skills, learn about the latest research tools and techniques, and stay updated with emerging trends in their field.

Research conferences can also provide access to funding agencies, job opportunities, and academic resources. Many conferences offer funding opportunities, job fairs, and exhibits where researchers can connect with potential employers, sponsors, and collaborators.

National research conferences allow researchers to connect with peers and experts within their own country or region. These conferences provide a platform for researchers to learn about the latest research happening within their national context, build a professional network within their country, and explore funding and job opportunities.

International research conferences offer a broader perspective by bringing together researchers from different countries and cultures. These conferences provide an opportunity to learn about global research trends, share diverse perspectives, and engage in cross-cultural exchanges.

Attending national and international research conferences can enhance researchers’ visibility and reputation in their field. Presenting research findings or delivering a keynote speech at a prestigious conference can raise researchers’ profile, increase their credibility, and open up new collaboration opportunities.

Research conferences provide a platform for researchers to receive feedback and constructive criticism on their work, helping them refine their research and improve the quality of their findings.

Attending research conferences also allows researchers to stay updated with the latest advancements in their field, learn about new research methodologies and techniques, and broaden their knowledge base.

Research conferences offer opportunities for researchers to engage in scholarly discussions, debates, and dialogues with fellow researchers, leading to a deeper understanding of their field and fostering intellectual growth.

  • National research conferences: For example, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, and the British Psychological Society (BPS) Annual Conference are well-known national conferences in their respective fields, held in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, respectively.
  • International research conferences: For example, the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) , the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) , and the International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) are internationally recognized conferences in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning, held at various locations worldwide.

Types of Research Conferences

Research conferences can be categorized into different types based on various criteria, such as disciplinary focus, interdisciplinary nature, regional or international scope, and audience. Understanding the different types of research conferences can help researchers identify the most relevant conferences for their field and research interests.

  • Disciplinary Research Conferences: These conferences are focused on a specific discipline or field of study, such as medicine, computer science, psychology, or physics. They bring together researchers, practitioners, and experts from the same field to share research findings, discuss challenges, and exchange ideas related to their specific domain. Examples of disciplinary research conferences include the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting for oncology research , the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) for machine learning and artificial intelligence research, and the American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention for psychology research.
  • Interdisciplinary Research Conferences: These conferences promote collaboration and exchange of ideas across different disciplines, bringing together researchers from multiple fields to explore common research areas or solve complex problems. Interdisciplinary research conferences encourage cross-disciplinary discussions, foster innovative research, and promote collaborations among researchers with diverse expertise. Examples of interdisciplinary research conferences include the Conference on Complex Systems (CCS) for research on complex systems , the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) conference for natural language processing and computational linguistics research , and the International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) for research on sustainability and development.
  • Regional Research Conferences: These conferences are organized at a regional level, typically within a specific geographic area or country, and focus on research conducted in that particular region. Regional research conferences provide a platform for researchers to share research findings, discuss regional challenges, and foster collaborations within a specific context. Examples of regional research conferences include the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) for computer vision research in Europe, the African Studies Association (ASA) Annual Meeting for research on Africa , and the Asia-Pacific Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (APCHI) for research on human-computer interaction in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • International Research Conferences: These conferences have a global scope and attract researchers, practitioners, and experts from different countries and continents. International research conferences provide a platform for researchers to share their research findings on a global stage, foster cross-cultural exchanges, and promote international collaborations. Examples of international research conferences include the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) , the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) , and the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) .

National Research conferences are typically focused on research conducted within a specific country or region, while international research conferences have a global scope and attract researchers from different countries.

National research conferences may have a smaller scale and audience compared to international research conferences, which are often larger and attract a more diverse and international audience.

International research conferences may have a higher level of prestige and visibility in the global academic community, while national research conferences may be more regionally or nationally recognized.

  • Medicine: American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting (national) , European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress (international)
  • Computer Science: Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) ( international), Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) conference (interdisciplinary)
  • Psychology: American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention (national), International Congress of Psychology (ICP) (international)
  • Education: American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting (national), World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES )

National research conferences offer numerous benefits to researchers, providing them with opportunities for learning, networking, presenting research, gaining exposure, and advancing their professional development.

  • Access to latest research and cutting-edge findings: National research conferences bring together researchers from various institutions and regions, providing a platform for sharing the latest research findings and advancements in the field. Attending these conferences allows researchers to stay updated with the latest research trends, learn about cutting-edge technologies, and gain insights into the current state of the field.

Example: At the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) , researchers can learn about the latest advancements in artificial intelligence, including new algorithms, techniques, and applications, through keynote speeches, paper presentations, and poster sessions.

  • Opportunities for networking and collaboration with researchers in the same field: National research conferences provide ample networking opportunities, allowing researchers to connect with fellow researchers, practitioners, and experts in their field. Networking can lead to potential collaborations, joint research projects, and opportunities for sharing ideas and perspectives with peers in the same research domain.

Example: Networking events, such as coffee breaks, poster sessions, and social gatherings, at the American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting provide opportunities for researchers to connect with other sociologists, exchange ideas, and explore possibilities for future collaborations.

  • Platform for presenting and discussing research findings: National research conferences offer researchers a platform to present their research findings through paper presentations, poster sessions, or oral presentations. Presenting research at conferences allows researchers to receive feedback, engage in discussions, and gain recognition for their work among their peers.

Example: At the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) , researchers can present their latest computer vision research through oral presentations or poster sessions, engage in discussions with other researchers, and receive feedback on their work.

  • Exposure to diverse perspectives and research approaches: National research conferences often attract researchers from diverse backgrounds, institutions, and regions, providing an opportunity to learn about different perspectives and research approaches. Exposure to diverse research ideas and approaches can foster creativity, broaden researchers’ understanding of their field, and inspire new research directions.

Example: The Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) conference brings together researchers from different areas of natural language processing, such as machine translation, sentiment analysis, and speech recognition, providing a platform for cross-disciplinary interactions and exposure to diverse research approaches.

  • Possibility of receiving feedback and constructive criticism from experts in the field: National research conferences offer researchers a chance to receive feedback and constructive criticism on their research from experts in the field. This feedback can help researchers improve their research work, refine their ideas, and enhance the quality of their research output.

Example: At the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting , researchers can present their findings on various areas of chemistry and receive feedback from leading experts in the field, which can further strengthen their research.

  • Opportunities for professional development, including workshops, tutorials, and panel discussions: National research conferences often offer workshops, tutorials, panel discussions, and other professional development opportunities for researchers. These activities provide valuable insights, practical tips, and hands-on learning experiences that can enhance researchers’ skills and knowledge in their field.

Example: The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting offers workshops on topics such as research methods, data analysis, and academic writing, providing researchers with opportunities for professional development and skill-building.

  • Access to funding and job opportunities: National research conferences may also provide access to funding opportunities, such as research grants, fellowships, or awards, which can support researchers’ future research endeavors. Additionally, conferences may serve as a platform for job opportunities, including academic positions, industry collaborations,

International research conferences offer unique advantages to researchers, providing them with opportunities for global exposure, networking, collaboration, and personal growth.

  • Increased exposure to global research trends and practices: International research conferences bring together researchers from different countries and regions, providing a platform to learn about global research trends and practices. Attending international conferences allows researchers to gain insights into the latest research advancements and methodologies from around the world, which can broaden their understanding of the field and enhance their research perspective.

Example: The International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) is a prestigious conference that brings together machine learning researchers from different countries to present their research findings, discuss the latest advancements in the field, and exchange ideas on cutting-edge research trends and practices.

  • Opportunities to network with researchers from different countries and cultures: International research conferences provide opportunities to network with researchers from diverse countries and cultures. Networking with international peers allows researchers to build professional connections, exchange ideas, and learn from different perspectives, which can foster international collaborations and partnerships.

Example: The World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering is an international conference that brings together researchers, practitioners, and professionals from the field of medical physics and biomedical engineering from around the world, providing opportunities for cross-cultural networking and collaboration.

  • Access to diverse research perspectives and methodologies from around the world: International research conferences offer a platform for researchers to gain exposure to diverse research perspectives, methodologies, and approaches from different countries and regions. This exposure can broaden researchers’ understanding of various research practices and stimulate new ideas and approaches in their own research.

Example: The Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) is an international conference that brings together researchers from the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) from different countries, providing a platform for the exchange of diverse research perspectives and methodologies.

  • Potential for international collaboration and partnerships: International research conferences offer opportunities for researchers to initiate or strengthen international collaborations and partnerships. Collaborating with researchers from different countries can lead to joint research projects, shared resources, and diverse perspectives, which can enhance the quality and impact of research.

Example: The International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) is a leading conference in robotics that provides opportunities for researchers to establish international collaborations for joint research projects, technology transfer, and knowledge exchange.

  • Exposure to funding and job opportunities in different countries: International research conferences may also provide access to funding opportunities, research grants, fellowships, or job opportunities in different countries. These opportunities can expand researchers’ horizons and open doors to international research funding and job prospects.

Example: The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress is an international conference that brings together researchers, clinicians, and professionals from the field of cardiology, providing opportunities for researchers to explore funding and job opportunities in Europe and beyond.

  • Chance to broaden one’s research network and enhance research reputation: Attending international research conferences allows researchers to broaden their research network beyond their home country or region, and establish connections with researchers from different parts of the world. This can enhance researchers’ research reputation and visibility on a global scale, which can be beneficial for career growth and opportunities for collaboration.

Example: The International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) is a premier conference in computer vision that attracts researchers from around the world, providing opportunities for researchers to expand their research network and enhance their research reputation on an international level.

  • Cultural exchange and personal growth opportunities: International research conferences also provide opportunities for cultural exchange and personal growth. Researchers can learn about different cultures, traditions, and practices, which can broaden their horizons and contribute to their personal growth as individuals and professionals.

Example: For instance, a researcher from the United States attending an international conference in Japan may have the chance to learn about Japanese culture, traditions, and research practices through interactions with local researchers and conference attendees.

Attending research conferences requires careful selection and preparation to make the most of the experience. Here are some factors to consider, tips for submitting abstracts and papers, suggestions for preparing presentations and posters, strategies for effective networking and collaboration, and recommendations for maximizing the benefits of attending research conferences.

  • Factors to consider when choosing a research conference to attend:
  • Relevance to your research: Choose conferences that are relevant to your research field or topic of interest. Consider the conference’s focus, theme, and scope to ensure that it aligns with your research area.

Example: If you are a researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, you may consider attending conferences such as the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) or the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) .

  • Reputation and impact: Consider the reputation and impact of the conference in your research community. Look for conferences that are well-established, have a strong track record of quality research presentations, and attract renowned researchers in the field.

Example: The Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) conference is a well-established and prestigious conference in the field of natural language processing and computational linguistics, known for its high-quality research presentations and influential research outcomes.

  • Location and logistics: Consider the location, dates, and logistics of the conference. Look for conferences that are conveniently located, have reasonable registration fees, and fit well with your schedule and availability.

Example: The International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) is held at different locations around the world each year, offering researchers opportunities to attend the conference in different regions and experience diverse cultural settings.

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  • Tips for submitting abstracts and papers to research conferences:
  • Follow submission guidelines: Carefully read and follow the submission guidelines of the conference for abstracts, papers, or other types of submissions. Make sure to adhere to the submission deadlines and formatting requirements.

Example: If the conference requires a double-blind review, ensure that your submission does not include any identifying information about the authors to maintain anonymity during the review process.

  • Highlight the significance of your research: Clearly state the significance, novelty, and contributions of your research in the abstract or paper. Emphasize why your research is important and relevant to the conference’s theme or scope.

Example: Clearly state the research gap your work addresses, the methodology or approach used, and the potential impact or implications of your findings on the field.

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  • Seek feedback from peers or mentors: Seek feedback from your peers or mentors on your abstract or paper before submission. Incorporate their suggestions and comments to improve the quality and clarity of your submission.

Example: Share your abstract or paper with colleagues or mentors in your research field and ask for their feedback on the research significance, clarity, and overall quality of the submission.

  • Suggestions for preparing presentations and posters:
  • Practice your presentation: Practice your presentation or poster to ensure that you are well-prepared to deliver it confidently and effectively. Time yourself to ensure that you stay within the allocated time for your presentation.

Example: Rehearse your presentation in front of a mirror, or with colleagues, to get feedback on your delivery, pace, and clarity of your message.

  • Use visual aids effectively: Use visual aids such as slides or posters to enhance your presentation. Keep them visually appealing, easy to read, and well-organized to convey your message clearly.

Example: Use high-quality images, charts, or diagrams that support your research findings or conclusions, and avoid overcrowding your visual aids with too much text or information.

  • Be prepared for questions: Anticipate potential questions that may arise during or after your presentation, and be prepared to answer.

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Attending research conferences may come with various challenges. Here are some common challenges faced by researchers and strategies for overcoming them:

  • Language barriers and cultural differences:
  • Language barriers: Researchers attending international conferences may face language barriers if the conference is conducted in a language that is not their native language. This can make it difficult to understand presentations, ask questions, or participate in discussions.

Solution: Familiarize yourself with the conference language in advance, and consider brushing up on your language skills. You can also request for presentation slides or materials in advance to review and prepare yourself.

Example: If you are attending a conference in Japan and the conference is conducted in Japanese, you can practice basic Japanese phrases and use translation tools or apps to assist you in understanding the presentations.

  • Cultural differences: Researchers attending conferences in different countries or regions may encounter cultural differences in communication styles, norms, and practices. This can affect networking, collaboration, and social interactions at the conference.

Solution: Educate yourself about the cultural norms and practices of the conference location beforehand, and be mindful of cultural differences during interactions with fellow researchers. Respect local customs and traditions, and adapt your communication style accordingly.

Example: If you are attending a conference in China, you may need to be aware of hierarchical communication styles and the importance of face-saving, and adjust your communication approach accordingly.

  • Travel logistics, time, and budget management:
  • Travel logistics: Attending national or international conferences may require travel arrangements, such as booking flights, accommodation, and transportation, which can be time-consuming and challenging to manage.

Solution: Plan your travel logistics well in advance, and make sure to account for factors such as visa requirements, transportation options, accommodation availability, and conference registration deadlines. Utilize online tools and resources to compare prices and options to optimize your travel arrangements.

Example: If you are attending a conference in Europe, you may need to apply for a Schengen visa, book flights early to secure better rates, and arrange for local transportation options such as trains or buses.

  • Time and budget management: Attending conferences can be time-consuming and costly, requiring researchers to balance their research commitments, budget limitations, and personal or professional obligations.

Solution: Plan your time and budget wisely, considering the conference dates, travel costs, conference registration fees, and other expenses. Seek funding opportunities such as grants, scholarships, or travel awards to support your attendance.

Example: Create a budget plan that includes estimated costs for conference registration, travel, accommodation, meals, and other expenses. Look for funding opportunities offered by the conference, your institution, or external sources to help cover the costs.

  • Coping with conference anxiety and stress:
  • Conference anxiety: Researchers may experience anxiety or stress related to presenting their research, networking with peers, or navigating the conference environment, which can affect their overall conference experience.

Solution: Prepare well in advance by practicing your presentation, researching the conference agenda, and familiarizing yourself with the conference venue. Take breaks, engage in self-care activities, and seek support from colleagues or mentors to manage anxiety or stress.

Example: Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or exercise to manage conference anxiety. Create a schedule that includes time for breaks, meals, and self-care activities to help you stay balanced during the conference.

  • Diversity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Issues related to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility may arise at research conferences, such as lack of representation, discrimination, or accessibility barriers for individuals with disabilities.

Solution: Promote diversity and inclusivity in your research, interactions, and discussions at conferences. Advocate for accessibility measures such as captioning, sign language etc.

Attending national and international research conferences can provide numerous benefits for researchers and research scholars. These conferences offer opportunities to access the latest research and cutting-edge findings, network and collaborate with peers in the same field, present and discuss research findings, and gain exposure to diverse perspectives and research approaches.

Additionally, research conferences can provide opportunities for professional development through workshops, tutorials, and panel discussions, as well as access to funding and job opportunities.

It is encouraged for researchers and research scholars to actively participate in research conferences for their professional growth and advancement. By attending conferences, researchers can expand their knowledge, broaden their research networks, enhance their research reputation, and stay updated with global research trends and practices.

Conferences also provide a platform for researchers to showcase their research, receive feedback and constructive criticism from experts in the field, and build collaborations and partnerships with researchers from different countries and cultures.

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How to Present a Research Paper? (Templates Included)

Last updated on December 25th, 2023

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Research paper presentations are required in our academic progress. As a researcher, you must often present a research paper and convey your ideas to the audience. But research paper presentations have unique requirements that must be fulfilled for asserting the audience of your talk.

It can be quite challenging for a research presentation not to bore the audience and enthusiastically present the research paper, but if you follow the necessary steps, you can easily convey your ideas and grab the audience’s attention in no time . 

In this article, we go through how to present a research paper, why you would need to create a research presentation, and discuss the APA style of citing research papers. 

Lastly, we have also included research paper PowerPoint presentation examples at the end of this article to help you conveniently create the perfect research paper presentation in a short amount of time. 

How to Present a Research Paper?

A research presentation is typically 10 minutes long and needs to be formally presented in front of a panel of audience or, in the case of a seminar, a group of people. Here are some important points to help you understand how to present a research paper.

1. How Should the Title of a Research Paper be Presented?

An important part of a research paper is its title which needs to be presented directly and with an interesting take to catch the audience’s attention . It is the first impression that you leave on your audience and helps build the momentum for your upcoming talk. Keep it short and concise. Stretching it out will use your precious talk time, which should be for the crucial parts of the presentation. 

2. Introduction

Next is the introduction you need to cover by giving an overview of your research paper. See it like the abstract of any research paper that lets the readers or, in the research paper presentation’s case, the audience know what the presentation will be about. 

Take the opportunity to introduce yourself and offer a statement about your overall presentation. Explain why your research findings are useful for the audience and how they can help them achieve their goals or solve problems. Clearly define your hypothesis statement to indicate what is yet to come in your presentation. 

3. Main Body of the Presentation

The main body of the presentation should have the most important information your audience needs to know about. In most cases, the findings of the presentation are the most important. Still, in some cases, the methodology followed must also be highlighted and discussed to attract the audience’s attention. 

Ask yourself the most important part the audience needs to know about that signifies the benefit of your research and its findings. Identify the main points and record them to have a set of central points to plan your presentation. Keep the main issues short and to the point when talking about them. Going too much into detail will exceed your presentation time and will not be good for the audience’s attention span. 

4. Use Graphics, including Charts, Graphs, Infographics and Pictures

To clarify the concepts, support arguments, and offer a visual impact, use graphics including tables, flowcharts, graphs, charts, images, infographics and diagrams in your research paper presentation. Visual slides will help make your presentation appealing and memorable. 

Use flowcharts to explain a process flow and its outcomes. Graphs depict statistics in visual form and compare numerical data. Add supporting images and diagrams where necessary. And use charts to show the relationship between elements. 

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But do remember not to over do it. Keep the text short and concise with a reasonable number of graphics to make it attractive and enable you to convey your message better.

5. Offer Supporting Documents

A research presentation is just a narrowed-down version of your research paper with extensively detailed information on the topic, literature review, methodology, findings, and implications. Therefore, along with your research presentation, be sure to offer supporting documents as required. 

If you are applying for a job and giving a research presentation as a part of the interview process, then be sure to provide a CV with a list of your published articles and a cover letter. 

In case of a funding request, submit a proposal when presenting to let the investors and sponsors know your requirements. 

Seminar and conference presentations often do not need supporting documents, but handing a summary of your research paper and its significance can be good for those interested in your research. Poster presentations can also be part of the supporting documents to be included as part of your research project.

6. Prepare a Summary of the Presentation

When concluding your research paper presentation, offer a brief summary of the main points and highlight the significance of your findings . Make a specific request if any action is needed from the audience or the panel of professionals. 

Acknowledge the collaborators and mentors, tell the audience the next steps, and share your contact information with them so they can contact you when required.  

7. Answer Any Underlying Questions

In the end, you can hold a question-and-answer session to answer any underlying queries the audience might have. You can have some questions of your own to stimulate a discussion among the audience and take in questions to answer, making it interactive. 

To prepare for this, write a list of possible questions the audience might have and prepare short, clear-cut answers. Make sure to go through your research paper deeply, so you can answer any question the audience asks and maintain your authority on the matter.  

Reasons for Creating a Research Presentation

Research paper presentations have their unique purpose, and you need to identify your reason for creating a research presentation to be able to properly convey your message and fulfill the purpose of presenting . Here are a few reasons why you would need to create a research presentation.

1. Dissertation Defense

A dissertation defense is commonly required in academic settings where you must defend your research paper’s content in front of a panel of qualified professionals and professors. Also known as a thesis defense , the panel examines and evaluates the presenter’s work and cross-questions their ideas to determine the validity of the paper’s contents. The goal is to defend your thesis and have the examiners approve of your contribution to research. 

2. Academic Job Interview

If you are applying for an academic job, you might need to present a research paper to a panel of professionals and interviewers. Your purpose is to inform, influence, and summarize your research findings and present them coherently to pass the interview and land the job. The audience of an academic job interview may include the department heads, HR managers, and other experts that are knowledgeable in the field. 

Pro Tip: Check out our free Job Interview PowerPoint template to prepare a compelling job interview presentation.

3. Conference/Seminar

Research papers are often presented at conferences and seminars to inform, educate, or inform the audience about the topic. The presentation influences the audience of your point of view about a certain topic, creates a name for the presenter in the field, and increases his/her network circle, resulting in more opportunities for research collaborations, jobs, and partnerships.

The audience of a research conference or seminar typically includes professionals with similar interests or experts in the same field looking for further collaboration opportunities and building up their networks.

4. Funding Request

Research findings can also be presented to a panel of investors to seek funding and obtain opportunities for expansion in any project. The research paper presentation’s purpose is to influence the investors and convince them of your ideas and propositions to receive the necessary funding for starting or expanding any project or business or visualize the concept. 

The audience of a funding request research presentation could be commercial sponsors, grant-giving bodies, and investors looking to solve a business problem and help qualified and experienced professionals get the funding they require. 

What should I do if I have to use the APA style?

APA style is a format for documenting references and includes in-text citations and citing sources at the end of each research paper. 

What Is APA Style?

APA stands for American Psychological Association , a commonly used style of documenting sources in research papers . The standard is used for scientific writing to help authors cite their findings and avoid plagiarism by giving credit to the researcher. It follows the author-date method for in-text citation, as well as a complete list of references at the end of the paper. 

Popularly used in psychology, education, and social science, the APA style was first introduced in 1929, when the Psychological Bulletin laid out its basic guidelines to help authors standardize their citations. APA formatIt makes it easier for readers and the audience to understand the text by knowing their sources and simplifies the research paper structure. 

How to Cite a Research Paper in a PowerPoint Presentation?

When presenting a research paper, you can cite sources in-text on each slide to let the audience know the source of information. You can also cite crucial references verbally in correspondence with in-text citations. 

To verbally let the audience know the source, you can express the argument by stating who said it. The words claim, add, argues, illustrates, grants, notes, observes, suggests, etc. are often used to cite the reference. 

To cite a PowerPoint in text using APA format, you must include the author and date of the presentation.

Another way is to include a reference slide at the end of your presentation. The audience must know where you got the statistics, visuals, facts, and other information. There should be no room for questioning the validity or source of any data. 

How to Present a Research Paper in 5 Minutes?

If time is restricted in your research paper presentation, it is important to plan ahead and practice discussing each slide in 1 minute or less. Give more time to the most important slides, such as the problem, motivation, and its proposed approach or solution. Just stick to 5 to 7 slides and no more to keep your talk short and avoid any unnecessary delays on swiping slides back and forth.  

How to Convert a Research Paper Into a Presentation?

You can convert a research paper into a presentation by summarizing its main points and focusing on the crucial aspects of the subject matter . Research papers are often quite detailed, and compiling them in a 5 to 10-minute presentation can be challenging. Still, it is possible to gather only the most important data to support your arguments. You can also use ChatGPT with GPT 4 with a proper prompt to summarize the research paper and prepare the presentation outline and content. You can use GPT-4V alongside ChatGPT to merge the text and visual comprehension to make the presentation more appealing.

Make clear statements about the problem and its solutions, and convey the essence of the research paper in bullets to keep it short. Visualize your findings to make them appealing and easy to understand, and indicate the essential details through charts, graphs, and other graphics to make them interesting.  

Examples of PowerPoint Templates for Research Presentation

Powerpoint is a great tool to create your research paper presentation effectively, but one might not have the time to design and build the perfect theme for the research paper from scratch. Therefore, you can use research paper PowerPoint presentation examples to create your own research presentation within just a few minutes. 

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Alternatively, you can download a Free Research Presentation Template for PowerPoint & Google Slides from reputable PPT template providers, such as SlideModel. Here is a preview of the free Research PowerPoint template.

Example of Free Research Presentation template for PowerPoint

This presentation slide template for PowerPoint contains useful slides that you can use to present a Research Paper to an audience. For example, find out slides such as Introduction, Research Questions & Hypotheses, Literature Review & Theory, Methods & Data Collection, Data Presentation & Findings as well as slides with infographics & data charts. Finally, present your conclusions with a simple & neat conclusions slide as the last slide of the presentation.

An effective research paper presentation needs to be engaging, interactive, and memorable, and that can only be achieved by properly planning out the outline of your presentation and adding the necessary information . Combining text with graphics, asking relevant questions, and answering them clearly during the presentation will establish your authority on the matter and show you as an expert researcher.

Furthermore, having a decent research paper presentation design can help you achieve success in your presentation. The templates provided can help you design and create the perfect research presentation for your upcoming talk and help you attain your purpose.  

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