Abstract # 1147 Event # 52:

Scheduled for Monday, June 26, 2006 04:30 PM-06:00 PM: Session 8 (Bwindi) Roundtable

ROUNDTABLE: Developing Effective Presentations: A Discussion for Students and Field Assistants

K. A. Leighty
Disney's Animal Kingdom, Animal Programs, PO BOX 10000, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
     The goal of this roundtable is to provide participants with a general set of guidelines for creating effective presentations for primatological research. We will begin with instruction on abstract composition and formatting. Our discussion will then be split between oral and poster presentations. For oral presentations, topics that will be addressed include how to create a successful PowerPoint presentation, preparing your talk, overcoming your nerves, delivering your message, and handling questions. For poster presentations, we will discuss planning the layout and design, visual aids vs. text, common problems, and surviving the poster session. We will provide time for open discussion of participants’ presentation fears and triumphs. This workshop will serve as a nice introduction for graduate students early in their studies and for field assistants who work primarily outside of the academic setting. It is hoped that participants will gain the confidence to present their work at upcoming meetings and use these skills to educate others as to the importance of their research.