Should I submit the abstract for the poster?
The Abstract submitted with the application is sufficient. If we think any changes have to be incorporated, we will write to you.
I am unable to upload a photo with my application? What should I do?
Recheck the size and format of the photo and try to upload again. Please upload good quality photos. If you have trouble email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . The photo will be used in the Abstract book, part of the registration kit for the meeting.
What are the different forms of presentation at YIM 2016 for PDFs and YIs?
This year we will have PDFs and YIs presenting Posters, Lightning Talks and Regular Talks.
POSTERS: All attendees, both PDF and YI, will be required to present posters.
LIGHTNING TALKS: All PDFs will be required to present Lightning Talks on February 27. YIs are not required to present Lightning Talks.
REGULAR TALKS: 4 selected PDFs and 2 selected YIs will give regular talks during the meeting. Details of the names can be found in the schedule.
What are the guidelines for Poster Presentations?
All PDFs and YIs are required to present posters at the meeting. All PDFs will also be required to give Flash Talks during the PDF meeting. Details of this can be found below. In addition, 2 YIs and 4 PDFs have been selected to give regular length talks at the YIM, and they will present posters in addition to giving a short talk. You can check the times for poster presentations on the YIM 2016 Schedule page.
SIZE: Poster size A0 (33.1 inches x 46.8 inches) with portrait orientation only. Since the poster board is approximately 4 feet (48 inches) high by 3 feet (36 inches) wide we cannot accommodate A0 size posters with landscape orientation.
AUDIENCE: We advise you to design your poster keeping in mind your audience - institute directors (for PDFs only)--who will judge you as a potential faculty applicant, mentors--who will give you feedback and advice and might even be collaborators, and peers (YIs and PDFs)--potential collaborators and future colleagues. Do keep in mind that this is a mixed biology meeting, and many in the audience will not be experts in your subject.
CONTENT: As in typically academic posters we suggest you follow the Introduction, Methods, Results and Conclusion format if you are presenting a study in progress or one that is completed. You could otherwise present a proposed research direction you want feedback on, if you have a young lab. In either case, we advise you to add a short section called "Future Directions" that explains the directions you want your research program or group to take in the next few years.
DESIGN: We have a good two hours on most days devoted to posters, and suggest you make your posters exciting and attractive. Here are some guides that can help you design effective posters:
Tips on presenting a poster:
Should I get tags or pushpins for my Poster?
Pushpins, tape and tags will be provided at the venue.
When should I display my Poster?
PDF Poster session
It would be best to put up your poster as soon as you have checked in and settled into your room. PDFs are required to put up the posters before the first session on February 27, or before sessions on February 28. PDFs will need to take down their posters by the end of February 28 or latest by the morning of February 29.
YI Poster session
YIs are expected to put up their posters before the start of sessions on February 29.
How do I identify my poster board?
All poster boards will be numbered. The number corresponds to your number in the YIM 2016 abstract book that you will be given as you check-in at the YIM 2016 registration desk.
What are the guidelines for Lightning Talks?
This year we are allowing opportunities to all PDF participants to present their research in Lightning Talks, each 2 minutes in length. Lightning talks will be presented by all PDFs on the evening of February 27.
We encourage all PDFs to use the Lightning Talks as an advertisement of their research and to use the 2 minutes to attract Directors and other attendees to their posters or to secure a second meeting.
SLIDE: PDFs are strictly allowed only one slide each, and we suggest this one slide contains the following information: your name and a quick summary of your research - salient points (question & results) or simply a reproduction of your poster if you think your poster conveys it best. However, do remember that the poster will typically be of a different size and will probably be too illegible to read on screen, and it might not be the best way for you to sell yourself and your science. A sample slide will be posted on the FAQ section soon.
We encourage people to present research ideas, or works in the early stages of development, or first passes of ideas.
PRESENTATION: Presentations will be in alphabteical order and a bell will be rung at the end of your 2 minutes. During your two minutes, present yourself and your work in an "Elevator pitch style". A concept borrowed from the business world, this is a brief, rehearsed statement that describes why someone should hire you or pay attention to your work.
Keeping in mind that there are potential employers in the audience, we suggest the following key points for an effective pitch:
1. Write down, edit and practise your pitch. Keep it concise.
2. Introduce yourself (typically name, position & affiliation). Then quickly go on to pose a question or state a research problem.
3. Describe what motivated your study, and any the unique approach or insight.
4. Remember that the pitch is the start of a discussion, and not the final word on the matter. If you must present results here keep it brief.
5. Stay casual - the wording and delivery should be conversational.
6. These are key--your descriptions should be a high-level overview, not an unravelling of details. Speak in the active voice, not passive.
For more on Elevator Pitches, read:
REQUIRED: You are required to email your one slide to email@example.com by February 22, 2016. Please use this format for the subject line of your email: Lightning Talk FirstName LastName. Label your slide in the same manner (Lightning Talk FirstName LastName). This will greatly help us in compiling the slides prior to the event. You can send your slide as a PPT, PDF or Keynote Slide.
What are the guidelines for Regular Talks?
Four PDFs (Anil Kumar, Jahnavi Joshi, Jose Sebastian, Pushpa Verma) and two YIs (Gitanjali Yadav, Sharmistha Majumdar) have been chosen to give full length talks at YIM 2016. Details of the talk timings cna be found on the YIM Programme page.
These talks are to be 15 minutes long with 5 minutes for interaction and questions.
The talks accompanied by Powerpoint/ Keynote/PDF slides. They can be structured like regular scientific talks, with Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion sections. For advice on talks and powerpoints that accompany talks see here:
For more radical ideas: http://www.writing.engr.psu.edu/slides.html
Your presentation has to be submitted to the organisers (IndiaBioscience team) at the registration desk on 28 February. The file can be in PPT, Keynote or PDF (recommended for stability) formats.