47th World Congress of Surgery 2017 - Basel, Switzerland, 13-17 August 2017

Speaker Presentation Guidelines



  • Collect your registration material at the registration desk within the registration area
  • Kindly upload your presentation at the Speakers’ Preview Room a day before your presentation and at the latest one-half days before the start of your presentation’s session
  • We encourage you to visit the Speakers’ Preview Room as early as possible to receive further instructions and to avoid any last minute challenges
  • A technician will be available at the Speakers’ Preview Room and in the main session room to provide assistance when needed
  • Be available by your room door at least 10 minutes before the start of your session
  • If you have any questions, please contact a staff member at the Speakers’ Preview Room

Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The congress has been accredited by the UEMS. Therefore, you are required to declare any conflict of interests.

We recommend, that this be done at the introduction of your presentation, ideally on the 2nd slide of your presentation. If you need guidance, you can use the example slide for your convenience.

Please be certain that the length of your presentation remains within the allocated time and leave enough time for questions from the audience. Session moderators are instructed to terminate presentations, which exceed their time allocated
Be available by your room door at least 10 minutes before the start of your session

Speaker Preparation Room (MEDIA CENTER) is located in Room Rio (Level 2)

Saturday 12 August 2017 16:00 - 20:00
Sunday 13 August 2017 08:00 - 19:00
Monday 14 August 2017 07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 15 August 2017 07:00 - 18:30
Wednesday 16 August 2017 07:00 - 18:00
Thursday 17 August 2017 07:00 - 16:00


The session room is equipped with:

  • Data projector for PowerPoint™ presentations
  • Laptop (no Macintosh™)
  • Clip microphone (main rooms only)
  • Lectern microphone


  • Use Microsoft PowerPoint™ version 2016
  • Video files must be integrated in your PowerPoint™ presentation
  • Use screen resolution 16:9 otherwise we will not be able to show your presentation (you will find instructions at the end of the document on how to prepare your presentation in 16:9).
  • Please bring a USB with your presentation (Microsoft PowerPoint™ version 2016) to the technician at the Speakers’ Preview Room at least one-half days before the start of the session during which you will give your presentation
  • When you use PowerPoint™ always use the option: ‘Font TrueType’
  • If you use a Mac/Macintosh™,  computer, save your presentation on a PC format
  • Keynote presentations (Mac/Macintosh™ hardware) are not compatible and cannot be used!



  • Plan your presentation carefully
  • Co-ordinate each phase of your lecture with your PowerPoint™ slides
  • Number the sheets at the bottom of the page, and have them in proper order and position
  • Avoid unfamiliar abbreviations or expressions
  • Your copy should be highly legible (ALL CAPITALS, for instance) double or triple-spaced, with well-marked cues for slides
  • For PowerPoint™ slides, a coloured background usually works better than black and white. However, colours should be kept limited and simple
  • Optimise the visual simplicity of your slides – use few words and avoid sentences
  • Try not to use more than 6 bullet points per slide
  • Leave out text you do not plan to discuss
  • Use several slides to cover a detailed topic that cannot be logically included on one slide
  • If you must refer to one slide on several occasions during your presentation, use duplicates instead of trying to return to the original
  • To coin a phrase, graphs often speak louder than words

1. Introduce your topic and inform your audience what you intend to speak about
2. Deliver your talk, including the methods, results and conclusions
3. Summarize for your audience the most important points of your lecture

Note: The sessions will not have any simultaneous interpretation. Please be aware that some participants may not speak your language as their mother tongue. For that purpose, please remember to speak slowly and clearly.

  • Bring a text prepared specifically for the oral presentation
  • Find time before sessions begin, and acquaint yourself with the operation of the podium and location of the equipment. Conference staff will be present to assist you
  • Give the technician any special instructions you may have before, not during the talk
  • Be careful to speak in accordance with your slide sequence, discuss the material as written on the slide
  • Use a laser pointer to guide the audience. Do not wave the pointer around the slide
  • Remember to speak slowly and clearly
  • Please stay within the time limit allocated for your presentation


Open PowerPoint™
Go under Design

Then under page Setup:

Finally on “Slides sized for” select “On-screen Show (16:09) on the drop down list