Presentation Preparation

Read these instructions carefully and completely. Your audience is accustomed to presentations that rely on visual aids. Consequently, they expect material that is readable from all seats in the room. The following information will assist you in preparing your visuals and meeting the standards of quality expected by the Conference Committee and audience.

PowerPoint Presentation Template: IEDM has moved to a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio for all presentations. Obtain a template of the IEDM presentation template by clicking here PowerPoint Template. The template file contains suitable colors and fonts, as well as examples of good and bad techniques. Even if you do not plan to use PowerPoint, carefully review the information in the PowerPoint template.

Use of animation: If you plan to use animation, you MUST have prior approval from your Session Chair. Once you have received approval, IEDM encourages the use of MPEG file format. The conference cannot guarantee that other formats will work correctly.

Suggestions for a good presentation:

  1. Briefly outline your talk and what will be covered.
  2. Define your problem. What led to your work? What were your objectives?
  3. Use your presentation to visualize the essential points of your talk. Be selective.
  4. Keep concepts as simple as possible and limit each page to one main idea.
  5. Use several simple figures rather than one complicated one, especially if you plan to discuss it at length.
  6. Make a clear conclusion. Suggest potential applications.
  7. Rehearse your talk aloud with a private audience. Practice with your final electronic presentation.

Presentation Preparation Instructions

  • Refer to the IEDM PowerPoint template as a guide for formats and presentation recommendations
  • Page set-up: IEDM uses a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio for all presentations. The provided PowerPoint template uses a 13.33″ wide, 7.5″ high landscape page setup.
  • Leave 1/2″ or 1cm margin on all four sides.
  • All pages should be in a horizontal format, not vertical.
  • No logos are permitted except on the title page.
  • High contrast is important. Use black or dark colored fonts on a white background.
  • Use Calibri or a similar sans serif font. Do not use font sizes smaller than 24 point.
  • For pages with text only, use no more than 30 words and no more than 6 lines, per slide.
  • For illustrations, make all lines, numbers, and captions of sufficient thickness and size so that they are projected clearly. Again, use Calibri or a similar sans serif font and do not use font sizes smaller than 24 point.
  • Often graphical data imported from another application have inadequate line width and font size to be useful. If necessary, re-draw the material using native PowerPoint graphics.
  • Use duplicate copies of a page if you need to refer to it at different times in your presentation. Do not rely on moving back to previously shown pages.
  • Save your presentation using a file name with the pattern “S-P_author_n.ppt” (or .pdf) where S is the Session Number (number before the period, see acceptance letter), P is the Paper Number (number after the period, see acceptance letter). Author is your last name and n is the version number of your file.
    Sample file name: 5-3_smith_1.ppt.
  • Embed true type fonts in powerpoint files:
    To embed fonts, click on “File”, “Save As”, “Tools”, “Save options”, “Embed fonts in the file” or, click on “File”, “Save As” and check “Embed True Type”