Preparing Your Presentation for WORLDSymposium 2024

Timing and Content of Platform Presentations

  1. The total time allotted on the schedule for each platform presentation is 12 minutes for each speaker. No speaker will be allowed to go over their allotted 12 minutes; the microphone will be turned off at exactly 12 minutes. There will be 4 presentations per 1-hour segment, followed by a panel Q&A with the 4 speakers from each segment. Questions from the audience will be facilitated by the session moderators, who will be directing specific questions to each of the 4 presenters. All presenting speakers are required to be on stage during their full 1-hour assigned session, including the group Q&A.
  2. In preparing your slides, remember that the first slide should be a “title and presenter” slide. This orients the audience to your subject matter, and also aids the AV team in confirming your talk is in the proper time slot. No corporate logos of any kind are allowed on any slides, including the title slide.
  3. Please do not include a disclosure slide this year. Your disclosure will be displayed to the audience as you walk up to the podium, using the disclosure that you provided during your abstract submission.
  4. Please set up your presentation using the 16:9 aspect ratio.
  5. Do not spend time “thanking” the organizers. This is a waste of precious time and is not appropriate. You may conclude your slides with an acknowledgement to the contributors as the very last slide, however, you are not allowed to include corporate logos, only text acknowledgement.
  6. Do NOT spend any time giving an overview of lysosomal diseases or specific lysosomal disease information. Limit your introductory slides to one (1).
  7. Any “acknowledgement” of colleagues should NOT be read aloud. Oral acknowledgement of such contributors also takes time away from the important discussion of your abstract; this discussion is the primary purpose for which we are all meeting.
  8. Partners for Advancing Clinical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians and therefore, all educational programming is developed and must be presented in compliance with all ACCME accreditation requirements. As you prepare your presentation, please keep these thoughts in mind:
    1. Talks must be free of commercial bias for or against any product. If commercial products are discussed, the session must present objective information about those products, based on generally-accepted scientific evidence. Presenters must not engage in the marketing of proprietary services and/or testing in any way during the presentation. Moderators are strongly encouraged to intervene and inform the Program Committee if this occurs.
    2. Presentations must promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest. Presentations must give a balanced view of therapeutic options. Use of generic names will contribute to this impartiality. If the educational material or content includes trade names, where available trade names from several companies should be used, not just trade names from a single company.
    3. All invited presenters, moderators, and all authors on oral abstracts must sign a disclosure statement regarding the existence or non-existence of any financial interest and/or other relationship(s) you might have with the manufacturer(s) or provider(s) of any commercial product(s) or service(s) or with commercial and academic laboratories that accept samples for testing or develop any laboratory test or test(s) to be discussed during your presentation. If in fact you have indicated such a relationship, you may be contacted by a member of the Conflict of Interest Subcommittee to request peer review of your presentation in addition to standard ACCME review.
  9. As a reminder, content requirements for your presentation include:
    1. As defined by ACCME, “a commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients.” The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.
    2. A speaker whose work is supported by a commercial entity may credit that support at the outset of the presentation using TEXT only. Company logo or tagline/branding may not be used anywhere in the presentation. THIS INCLUDES LOGOS AND COLOR SCHEMES.
    3. A speaker from a non-commercial entity such as a university, research institution, research consortium, for-profit hospital (exempt under ACCME rules), or government agency may credit the organization using logos on the acknowledgement slide, which should be the last slide. The speaker MAY NOT brand the overall presentation with logos or designs from the organization.
    4. If these rules are not followed, presenters will be asked to revise their slides.
  10. It is a good idea to bring a back-up copy of your presentation.
  11. WORLDSymposium will not accept presentations brought to the Speaker Ready Room or Meeting Room onsite. The electronic submission site will open December 20, 2023, and will close on Thursday, January 4, 2024. ALL presentations must be submitted to the electronic submission site by the deadline of Thursday, January 4, 2024.
  12. LCD projection will be provided for all speakers using PowerPoint for the presentations. You may NOT USE YOUR OWN LAPTOP. No exceptions.
  13. Please check in at the Speaker Ready Room onsite at least 24 hours prior to your presentation time to receive final instructions.

Submitting Your Presentation For Review & Recording

First authors will be sent an email with instructions for submitting slides in early January 2024. Presentation Slides must be submitted by Thursday, January 4, 2024, for review by the WORLDSymposium Program Team and the Accredited Provider, Partners for Advancing Clinical Education. If changes are required, an email will be sent to the presenting author from the WORLDSymposium Program Team.

Uploading Files: Presenting authors will be sent an email with a request to upload presentation slides, along with instructions on how to upload their presentation slides. The email will come from Please watch for this email in early January 2024.

PPT, PPTX; The Presentation Management system at WORLDSymposium 2024 is optimized for PowerPoint, whether created on a PC or MAC. To take advantage of advanced media support in PowerPoint, WORLDSymposium recommends that all PPT files be converted to the PPTX format. Presenters can find the convert feature located under “File, Help” when PowerPoint is open.

To maximize the presentation for on-screen viewing at WORLDSymposium 2024, please SET UP PRESENTATION FILES USING THE 16:9 ASPECT RATIO. This will need to be done prior to uploading the presentation.

PDF; PDF files are NOT ALLOWED. Please submit only PPT or PPTX files.
KEY; Keynote files are not supported. Please export the presentation as a PowerPoint file for upload.
Prezi files are currently unsupported for upload.

Video and Audio File Support

Please see this article for file formats supported within PowerPoint.

Please consider compressing videos. If PowerPoint is authored as a PPTX, there are tools within PowerPoint to do this automatically. Instructions are found here.

If the presenter will be converting or authoring videos, WORLDSymposium recommends H.264 encoding at less than a 5Mbps bitrate for best performance. Resolutions in the meeting room will be 1280×720 for 16:9 presentations. A 1080p, maximum bit rate encoding will bloat the size of the presentation with no visual improvement and may actually hurt performance.

Considerations for custom fonts

WORLDSymposium only supplies fonts that are included with Office 2013. For a list, see this article. If a speaker needs a specialized font, it should be embedded into the PowerPoint presentation. Some licensed fonts may not embed and should be replaced with a font included with Office. Click here for an explanation of this process.

Any Links to Web Pages?

Links to web pages should not be used during a live presentation, however, links can be provided as a reference in the footnotes or on the Conclusion Slide. 

Before You Depart, Backup

Please bring a copy of your presentation along with you when you depart for your meeting. Copy your PowerPoint and all movies to a folder on a USB. While PowerPoint 2013 and later will embed movies by default, you should still bring the videos just in case. Not all prior versions of PowerPoint will embed movies. It is a good practice to keep a second copy of your presentation and movies in your luggage.

Arriving at the Meeting

Speakers must check-in at the Speaker Ready Room at least 24 hours prior to their scheduled presentation. No changes will be allowed within 12 hours of your presentation. No exceptions. The computers in the Speaker Ready Room will be configured with hardware and software exactly like the ones in the meeting room. It is imperative that you review your presentation in the Speaker Ready Room. This is where technicians can help resolve any compatibility or formatting issues and explain the in-room setup.

Speaker Ready Room Schedule:

Sunday, February 4, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monday, February 5, 6:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday, February 6, 6:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday, February 8, 6:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday, February 9, 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Giving Your Presentation

Please arrive at the General Session meeting room 30 minutes before the start of your assigned 1-hour session. The AV technician will provide you with a lapel microphone, and you will be directed to seating at the front of the room in the speaker waiting area. At the podium there will be a monitor in front of you where you can follow your presentation. The moderators are responsible for pulling up your presentation. At the end of your presentation, the display will return to the main menu of presenters.

IMPORTANT TIP: On the day of your presentation, make sure to wear clothing that will allow the battery pack for the microphone to be clipped to a belt or a waistband. 

Thank You!