How to prepare for your 90 second pitch at the AEA Europe Conference
At the AEA Europe conference you have 90 seconds to introduce your poster and to entice the attendees. The better this works, the more people will be visiting your poster board to listen into more detail to what you have done and what your results are. And the bigger your chance of winning AEA Europe’s Poster Award.
Your pitch should not be aimed at giving everything away, but should concentrate on capturing the interest of the attendees to maximize the number that will come and speak to you. It is not possible to cram an entire abstract worth of information in 90 seconds. So you should focus on introducing yourself and setting up the main question, problem, or objective of your research project. You should be able to give your pitch effortlessly without notes or relying on your poster. It should comprise a ‘hook’, an introduction and an ‘appetizer’.
The hook is the short opening statement you use to draw the interest of the attendees. For instance a question or a statement that introduces the topic and its importance in a way that makes sure the audience will remember you and your topic. Next you should explain who you are, who you worked with, in what capacity you did this work, and what your exact role was. Then it is time for the appetizer. You should explain why your topic is of interest to the attendees of the AEA Europe conference and make clear what your central problem, finding or research question is.
Remember it is only 90 seconds and that more is less. It is wise to write out and practice your pitch and to make sure that it fits within the 90 seconds time frame. Keep in mind that the session chair will not give you more time than allowed and that practice makes perfect.
Twenty slides automatically advance at 15-second intervals for a total presentation time of five minutes in length. You will also be allotted an additional 5 minutes for Q&A following your presentation.
Open Paper Presenters
Speakers are asked to present for 20 minutes and allow 10 minutes for questions/discussion, making each paper
presentation a maximum of 30 minutes. Please consider this when preparing your slides.
FORMAT OF THE POSTER PRESENTATION SESSION
The plenary poster session will be held in the Carlisle Suite of the Royal Marine Hotel (see https://www.headbox.com/spaces/11762-book-carlisle-suite-the-royal-marine-hotel-dublin?locale=nl)
A digital version of your poster will be displayed on the central screen for 90 seconds, which is the maximum time you are allowed to pitch in front of the conference attendees.
Click here for a short note on how to prepare for your pitch.
- The session chair will keep track of time to ensure that each presenter finishes within the allotted time.
- This means there will be a total net presentation time of maximally 37 minutes and 30 seconds.
- The poster session has a duration of 75 minutes, so there is enough time for some short introductory remarks by the session chair, time for you to walk to and from the stage, time for instructions for the audience on how to vote etcetera.
The poster award and voting procedure
- There is a poster award of €500, sponsored by Cito.
- Each attendee can nominate up to three posters for the award.
- Voting will be done through the conference app, which will allow each attendee one voting opportunity.
- The Professional Development Committee will count the votes after voting is closed.
- The poster with the highest number of nominations will be announced as the poster award winner during the closing session of the conference.
In addition to the poster session
Posters will also be mounted in physical form on boards at a central location at the venue. You will be provided with a poster board whose dimensions will be a maximum of 1.5m high x 1.0m wide. You can use that space to present a poster composed in a variety of ways.
We advise you to prepare a physical poster with A0 size – portrait orientation (click here for size guide).
The more you are available for attendees to answer questions while the posters are mounted, the better your chances of winning the award.
The conference app can be used by attendees to chat/exchange messages with you or schedule time with you to get more information on your topic/research, as long as voting is still possible. And of course, you can take the initiative yourself.
FORMAT & UPLOADING YOUR POSTER
For the better organization of the session, poster presenters will be required to upload their poster here or send it by response to this email by the 30th of October.
The format should be: PowerPoint (.ppt) and PDF (.pdf). and there should be one page and one page only.
We advise you to prepare your digital & physical poster with A0 size (84.1 cm width x 118.9 height cm) – portrait orientation.
If you are using PowerPoint to create the poster, to set the size, you can do it from “Design” tab, Slide size, Custom size, select Portrait and then enter the above measures.