International Society for Quality of Life Research
International Society for Quality of Life Research

Presenter Guidelines

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Abstracts Note

Based on survey feedback and in an effort to reduce paper waste, only the abstract title and presenting author will be printed in the Annual Conference final program booklet. The abstract title, all contributing authors, and the entire abstract will still be published in the Quality of Life Research journal supplement that is distributed to all Annual Conference attendees and available online. Thank you for supporting our environment-conscious efforts to go green.

Oral Presentations

All oral sessions are 90 minutes and contain five individual presentations. Each presenter is allotted approximately 11 minutes to present their research immediately followed by five minutes to answer questions from the audience. The Session Chair will introduce each presenter prior to his presentation and facilitate discussion questions following the conclusion of each presentation. Presentation order will be listed in the final program.

Your "Assigned Presentation ID Number" (104.3, 105.5, 108.2 etc.) indicates the assigned session and presentation order. For example, "104.3" indicates Oral Session 104 and presenter number three.

Please arrive to your session 10-15 minutes early to load your presentation, check the equipment, and allow for ample time for AV technician support in the instance of a technical difficulty.

Creating an Effective Oral Presentation

Visually appealing slides enhance an oral presentation. Strategies for creating effective slides include:

  • Incorporate graphics, tables, and graphs
  • Use dark colored text on a light background for readability ease
  • Limit the number of slides to a maximum of 8-10 per presentation
  • Avoid text heavy slides
  • Include a slide containing your name and contact information at the end of the presentation.

Presentation Template (optional)

The ISOQOL 2019 Annual Conference presentation template is available for any presenters who wish to use it. Use of the template is completely optional.

Download PowerPoint template

Download background graphics (for use in existing presentation)


Oral Briefs

Oral briefs offer the distinct opportunity to give a short verbal presentation in a group setting. An oral brief session includes up to 10 presenters. After a personal introduction by the moderator, each speaker has 5-7 minutes to present using four slides (maximum). While the rapid pace of oral briefs does not allow for audience Q&A within the session, presenters are encouraged to stay after the conclusion of the session to make themselves available for questions.

Your "Assigned Presentation ID Number" (B201.1, B202.9) indicates the assigned session and presentation order. For example, "B204.8" indicates Oral Brief Session 204 and presenter number eight.

Please feel free to use the presentation template linked above for oral briefs.


Poster Presentations

Poster presenters should prepare a brief three-minute presentation and be prepared to discuss their research with their peers. Poster sessions are 40 minutes in total length. Presenters must stand in front of their posters during the dedicated presentation time for their assigned poster session. Handouts related to posters are welcome.

Poster Display Schedule

All posters should be displayed for duration of the session in which they are assigned (see schedule below). Presenters are responsible for setting up and removing posters during the specified set-up and removal times. Posters that are not removed by the end of the scheduled removal time will be placed on a table in the back of the poster hall. Any posters left at the end of the conference will be discarded.

  Monday, 21 October Tuesday, 22 October Wednesday, 23 October
Session 1 Poster Set Up 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Session 1 Presentations
Odd numbers
10:05 AM - 10:45 AM 10:15 AM - 10:55 AM 9:50 AM - 10:30 AM
Session 1 Poster Removal 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 10:30 AM - 12:05 PM
Session 2 Poster Set Up 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 1:15 PM - 3:30 PM 1:05 PM - 3:00 PM
Session 2 Presentations
Even numbers
3:20 PM - 4:00 PM 3:35 PM - 4:15 PM 3:25 PM - 4:05 PM
Session 2 Poster Removal 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM 4:05 PM - 5:00 PM


Poster Size: 

Each poster will be allocated a horizontal display board that is 48 inches high by 70 inches wide. Your printed poster must not exceed the allocated board space. Posters will be mounted on display boards with tacks (sample of two boards below):










Creating an Effective Poster

Best practices for poster presentations:

  • Design should be simple and eye-catching
  • Use large (24 point or larger) font
  • Posters should be able to be read within 10 minutes
  • Include an introduction and a summary panel
  • Utilize graphs and statistical data where possible, and avoid lengthy text explanations
  • Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and clearly defined
  • Include business cards or handouts containing your name and contact information.

Poster Printing

Should you wish to have your poster printed in San Diego, the closest printing facility is FedEx Office, located within the conference hotel, which offers large-format poster printing up to 36 inches wide.

FedEx Office Print & Ship Center
1380 Harbor Island Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
+1 (619) 542-0198
Open Weekdays 7 am – 6 pm; Weekends 8 am – 4 pm


Quality of Life Research Journal Abstract Supplement

Abstracts for accepted presentation will be printed in the Quality of Life Research Journal Abstract Supplement, so long as the presenter confirms their intent to present by 24 June 2019. Presenters who do not confirm before 24 June run the risk of not having their abstracts included in the Abstract Supplement.

A printed copy of the Abstract Supplement will be available to all annual conference attendees as part of their registration materials.


Cancellation and Presenter Replacement

Presenting authors who are unable to present their oral and/or poster presentations may elect to have one of their co-authors serve as presenter, provided the co-author has not exceeded the maximum number of presentations per person. All presentation cancellations and presenter changes must be received in writing before 12 August 2019 to Late cancellations or failure to present without prior notice may result in restrictions on abstract acceptance for future ISOQOL conferences.


Certificates of Presentation

Certificates of Presentation will be distributed electronically after the conference to all presenters. Those who require a physical copy can request one at the registration desk during the conference.


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