Preliminary Program

Program Schedules

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Presenter Instructions

Poster Presentation Schedule


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Poster Presentation Instructions


All poster sessions will be held in South Hall on the first floor of the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center.

Please refer to the Technical Program for your assigned date, time and poster number. A floor plan with assigned poster number locations will be sent prior to the Conference.

SET-UP TIMES:                                      

Sunday, November 11        15:00 – 17:00

Monday, November 12         08:00 – 10:30

ALL posters are to be set-up by 10:45 on Monday and remain up during the entire Conference.  This will give additional time to view posters during breaks and before the Conference sessions.


Monday, November 12             14:05-16:05

Tuesday, November 13             14:50-16:50

Wednesday, November 14       15:35-17:35

On your assigned day, please plan to spend the entire session at your poster for questions and discussion.


15 November, Thursday, 11:00 (all poster stands/booths should be clear for teardown by 11:00)

All posters must be removed by 11:00 on Thursday and you are responsible for your poster. All posters left after 11:00 will be disposed, so please remove your poster promptly.


  • There will be two posters per board, per side. One poster per presentation.
  • The actual space where you may place your poster is:

47.24” high (120 cm) x 35.43” wide (90 cm)

Your poster CANNOT be larger than this. It may be smaller if you wish.

  • Tacks and pushpins will be provided for your use.
  • Poster Diagram – Please note that diagram is not to scale.


  1. When planning a poster presentation, it is useful to keep in mind the advantages of a poster over a podium presentation. Posters are available for viewing throughout the meeting and interested viewers have scheduled time for discussion, not just a few minutes.
  2. Carefully and completely prepare your poster well in advance of the Conference. There will not be time nor materials available for last minute preparation at the Conference. Practice setting up the poster before you leave for the Conference to determine what it will look like and to make sure that you have all of the necessary pieces.
  3. The title of your paper should appear at the top of your poster in CAPITAL letters. The size of the characters should be at least 1” (2.54 cm) high.  Below the title, place the authors’ names and affiliations.
  4. It is important that you remember that the audience viewing your poster and listening to your presentation will be 6 feet (2 meters) from your poster. Please double-check your poster from 6 feet (2 meters) to ensure good readability.
  5. Use text sparingly. Use pictures, cartoons, and figures rather than text wherever possible. Bright colors will greatly enhance the attention of the viewer.
  6. Please be advised that audio-visual equipment will not be provided for poster presentations. You may bring your own laptop computer and run it off your battery (power will NOT be available).
  7. The flow of your poster should be from the top left to the bottom right.
  8. Make your poster as self-explanatory as possible, so that you will have time for in-depth technical discussions.
  9. The poster board will have your assigned number on it, so there is no need for you to include your number on your poster.

NOTE: Click for Poster Layout Map

Oral Presentation Guidelines

MicroTAS 2018 Conference Oral Presentation Guidelines

1. The session chair will have your paper title, name and affiliation to use for your introduction. Please assist the session chair with the correct pronunciation of your name.

2. You are REQUIRED to be present at the times listed below to meet with the Audio Visual Technicians to connect your laptop and answer any questions that you or they may have. You will find them in each session room near the stage. All computers must be connected before the session begins. Please refer to the Technical Program for your assigned session number.


Monday, November 12 Tuesday, November 13 Wednesday, November 14 Thursday, November 15
1A1, 1B1, 1C1 10:15-11:35 2A1, 2B1, 2C1 09:30-10:30 3A1, 3B1, 3C1 09:30-10:50 4A1, 4B1, 4C1 09:00-10:00
1A2, 1B2, 1C2 12:35-14:05 2A2, 2B2, 2C2 13:20-14:50 3A2, 3B2, 3C2 11:20-12:20 4A2, 4B2, 4C2 10:30-11:30
1A3, 1B3, 1C3 17:00-17:40 2A3, 2B3, 2C3 17:35-18:35 3A3, 3B3, 3C3 14:25-15:35


3. You are required to bring your presentation on your own computer. In addition to bringing your own computer laptop, please bring a back-up of your presentation on a USB flash memory stick. We recommend that you have the back-up in its original file format as well as Acrobat (i.e., pdf), which ensures the highest likelihood of compatibility with another system if needed.  This will be used as a back-up in case your own computer has a problem. The complexities of software compatibility are such that the Conference is unable to guarantee that your presentation will be delivered correctly if you elect not to bring your own computer, especially if your presentation uses features such as embedded animations, video clips and sound.

Reminder – For those that live outside the country, please remember to bring your own power adapter.  The Conference will NOT have any available.

4. Tests will NOT be done 20 minutes prior to the beginning of a session. This time is only for connecting computers to the switcher.

5. The native resolution for projectors is SXGA 1024 x 768 and the Aspect Ratio is 4:3. Please set your computer resolution to this.

Note that it may not look good on your laptop screen but it will fill the actual screen in the meeting room.

6. IMPORTANT – ALL laptops MUST have the sleep mode turned OFF prior to connecting to the switcher. This will save time at the podium.

7. The standard connection for laptops is a VGA connection. If you do not have a VGA connection on your computer please be sure to bring an adapter.

For MAC users, please make sure you are familiar with your settings to send the signal to the LCD projector (i.e., mirror image). If you are not, please make sure that you meet with the AV tech prior to the 20-minute set-up period.  Also, be sure to bring your dongle for connecting to a VGA cable for the projector.

8. A laser pointer and a lavaliere microphone will be provide

9. A timing light will assist in keeping the program on schedule.  The AV technician will be responsible for programming and resetting the light.  Please remember to strictly observe and not exceed your allotted time:

Oral Presentations: 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions

Keynote Presentations:  25 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions

Plenary Presentation: 40 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions

10. With three parallel sessions, it is critical that talks are kept on time. Therefore, your session chair will     make sure that your presentation time is STRICTLY observed. Attendees highly value the chance for Q&A   after a presentation, and we ask that you ensure your presentation fits within the allotted time. We provide the following suggestions to help keep your talk on time.

11. The session chair will read the title of your talk and introduce you. We would discourage you from lengthy repeating of the title, or reading the list of author

12. You should avoid lengthy outline, introduction, acknowledgement and conclusion slides.

13. Remember that it will take a little time to set up your AV and introduce your talk. You should account for this time in your presentation

14. In case you foresee having potential problems understanding questions from the audience, please do not hesitate to ask a senior person in your team to assist you in answering questions. The audience will greatly appreciate any such actions from the author team to ensure a good scientific communication.


PowerPoint Presentation Guidelines

1. Again, the native resolution for projectors is SXGA 1024 x 768 and the Aspect Ratio is 4:3. Please set your computer resolution to this.  Note that it may not look good on your laptop screen but it will fill the actual screen in the meeting room.

2. In order to maximize the visibility of your presentation, we recommend that you use color carefull

3. Backgrounds should be white or light in color.

4. Text should be in black and should be in Arial or a similar font.

5. Color may be used in schematics, graphs, illustrations and photographs when it adds to the clarity of the presentation

6. Not all colors are equally visible when projected. Bright red, blue, green and orange are easiest to see. Avoid yellows and light or pastel colors that are not easily seen on a clear background, except possibly as a local background in a boxed area.

7. Use extra-wide line widths for color lines. Use a minimum line width of 1-point for lines in drawings

8. Be sure to leave a 10% safety margin on all sides of your slides.

9. Some images (e.g., SEM and fluorescence images) do not project well using standard computer projectors. We encourage you to test these images with a projector before coming to the conference, and when necessary, adjust settings of the original to improve the quality of the projected image

10. Placing an institutional logo in the border is acceptable, so long as it doesn’t consume valuable screen area.

11. Arial or Helvetica font is strongly preferred. These fonts have an equal line width for all parts of all characters and projects clearly. Furthermore, they are available on Microsoft PowerPoint.

The recommended font sizes are

–  36 point for titles      –  26 point for major bullets

–  30 point for sub-titles     –  24 point for indented bullets minimum 24 point for text on illustrations, graphs, figures, etc.

Note: text smaller than 24 point will be IMPOSSIBLE to read from the back of the room.

12. Keep each slide simple. It is better to use a large font and two slides than to use a small font in order to squeeze your message into one slide!

13. View your presentation from 4.92 feet (1.5 meters) away from your laptop or computer screen. If you cannot read the text from that distance, your audience will not be able to read it on a large projection scree