At KOALA, all attendees are expected to present either a poster presentation or short talk. Presenting at KOALA 2018 offers attendees a fantastic way to practice making academic posters and student talks, gain skills in public speaking, and learn how to answer audience questions in a friendly environment.
Poster presentations involve attendees to present an academic poster on their current research at the poster session. There will be two poster sessions, so presenting attendees can have the opportunity to observe other students posters. Attendees presenting a poster are expected to be at their poster during their poster session so that they can answer questions from other attendees. Prior to the poster session, there will be a poster preview session where presenters will give a 60-second preview of their poster with the aim to encourage other attendees to view their poster to get more information.
Posters must be printed in portrait orientation and A1 in size.
Poster preview will include one PowerPoint slide per presenter. The slide must be sent to the KOALA committee prior to the Poster Preview event – no additions or updates will be made on the day.
Student talks involve attendees presenting a 12-minute talk on their current research, followed by 3 minutes question time. In your talk, you are expected to give a brief introduction/overview of your topic before you discuss your specific research in detail.
Student talks are presented in strict 15-minute blocks. Presenters will be given a warning at the 10-minute mark, and at the 12-minute mark. If presenters go over the 12-minute mark, they will reduce their talk time. At the 15-minute mark, presenters will be asked to step off the stage in a dramatic fashion!
Presenters must send a copy of their PowerPoint slides to the KOALA committee prior to their scheduled talk time – no additions or updates will be made on the day.