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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Atlanta, Georgia

April 16-20, 2012

Scientific Program

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Green Initiatives:

AbSciCon 2012 is an environmentally-friendly conference. In an effort to reduce paper waste, conference organizers have chosen recycled and recyclable products where available. Complimentary WIFI will be provided. A limited supply of hardcopy Scientific Programs will be available at the conference. Please utilize the Smart Phone and Internet versions of the Scientific Program when possible. Abstracts will only be available through these two products.

Recycling containers will be provided for disposal of printed conference materials.


Oral presentations are scheduled to include 10 minutes for presentation and five minutes for discussion and speaker changeover. Speakers must stay within their allotted time to keep the session on schedule. Instructions for preparing and submitting electronic presentations are included below.


Presentation Format: A 15-minute presentation includes 10 minutes for speaking and five minutes for discussion and speaker changeover. Please rehearse your presentation to ensure that you will complete your talk within your allotted time. Session chairs will not allow you to exceed your time limit.

Audio/Visual Equipment:
Each meeting room will be equipped with the following:

  • One Windows- based PC
    • Microsoft Office 2010 (including PowerPoint 2010)
    • QuickTime 7.0
    • Adobe Reader X

  • One Mac
    • Microsoft Office 2010 (including PowerPoint 2010)
    • Keynote 09
    • QuickTime 7.0
    • Adobe Reader X

  • LCD projector with single-screen projection configured for 4:3 display aspect ratio
  • Wireless remote presenter and laser pointer
  • Wireless lavaliere microphone
  • Speaker timer
  • Lectern

Internet access will not be available for presentation use. In some meeting rooms, speaker lecterns will be set on a riser. Please contact organizers at if you require assistance such as ramp access or modified lectern height.


The Speaker Ready Room, Conference Room E, is located on the 2nd floor of the conference Center, next to the Grand Ballroom. Electronic presentations must be tested and submitted to an A/V Technician in the Speaker Ready Room (Conference Room E) via USB flash drive or CD-ROM the day before your presentation is scheduled. Once your presentation has been checked for readability, the conference A/V staff will transfer it to the meeting room computer via the conference network. Speakers will not be allowed to load presentations onto the computers in the meeting rooms. Please bring a copy of your presentation with you to the session in which you will present for quick resolution to unexpected technical difficulties.

Presenters who cannot visit the Speaker Ready Room to submit their electronic files the day before their session is scheduled can email the files to Shemika Williams at The email MUST contain your name, abstract title, session title, day, and room location. Please use “AbSciCon Presentation” in the subject line. You will be given priority status to check your emailed presentation for accuracy and readability when you check in to the Speaker Ready Room as soon as you arrive at the conference.

Speaker Ready Room Schedule

Sunday, April 15
Monday, April 16
Tuesday, April 17
Wednesday, April 18
Thursday, April 19
Friday, April 20

4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


  • Presentations are most readable on a dark background, such as blue or black, with bright lettering in a large, simple, and bold font. Use the minimum number of words possible to convey the idea.
  • Graphics should be simple, well designed, and legible. Each graphic should be shown for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Break up complex data into a series of slides. Devote each graphic to a single fact or idea. Illustrate major points, not detailed data.
  • Avoid long or complicated formulas or equations.
  • When preparing graphs, avoid more than two curves on one diagram when possible. More than two curves must be shown, separate and label them clearly, using contrasting colors. Avoid symbols and legends. Avoid data points unless scatter is important.
  • Use multicolored bar charts or graphs instead of tables.
  • Include an introductory and concluding graphic to improve the focus of your talk.
  • To ensure that audience members in the back of the meeting room will be able to see your slides, view them from 8 – 10 feet away from your computer screen.


Poster session will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, from 3:45 – 5:45 p.m. in Conference Rooms A and B. Poster sessions are designed to convey as much scientific information as oral sessions. Authors must be present at their poster for the duration of their scheduled session to discuss their research. Instructions for preparing and presenting posters are included below.


Poster Presentation Format:

Poster size is 44" × 44" (1.1 m × 1.1 m). Posters will be affixed to a 4' × 8' freestanding panel with push pins or velcro, which will be provided. Two presenters will share one side of a 4' × 8' panel, so displays must be confined to the specified limit.

Poster Installation:

Posters may be installed beginning at 7:00 a.m. on the day of their scheduled session. Daily Poster Location Guides will be displayed outside each scheduled Poster Session room. Posters are grouped by topic and scheduled as close in time to the corresponding oral session as possible. All posters will be displayed in the same order they appear in the Scientific Program. Posters will remain on display throughout the day they are scheduled. Authors must remove their posters immediately after each poster session. Any poster left on display after a scheduled poster session will be removed and recycled.


Place the abstract title and authors’ names, affiliations, and contact information prominently at the top of the poster.
The flow of your poster should be from the top left to the bottom right. Use directional cues to clarify the sequence or flow of the poster, if needed.
Organize your data to be clear, orderly, and self-explanatory.
Arrange text and images to be visually appealing and easily viewable from a distance.
Avoid using unnecessary text if a graphic can convey the information.
Use high quality images that are relevant to your research.
Include the background of your research followed by results and conclusions.
Keep the text formatting consistent throughout.


Lightning Talk Sessions are composed of five-minute talks delivered in rapid succession. Lightning Talks can be prepared in advance or crafted on the fly. They may be serious, lighthearted, or both. You can enhance your talk with A/V, or not. The primary goal is to teach the audience something in five minutes or less. Anyone can participate, from students to senior lecturers. Poster authors are encouraged to give a Lightning Talk.

Look for the “Lightning Talks Sign Up” poster in the Prefunction Area. Sign up for the Tuesday afternoon session begins Monday morning. Sign up for the Thursday afternoon session begins Wednesday morning. Electronic presentations for Lightning Talks must be submitted in the Speaker Ready Room by 1:30 p.m. on the day your Lightning Talk is scheduled.

See the Conference Schedule page for information on pre-conference activities, public events, social events, focus group meetings, early career opportunities, and other AbSciCon activities.

CLICK HERE to access your user account on the AbSciCon 2012 abstract central website.