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Guidelines

Guidelines for Oral Papers

Gold Medal Paper/Free Paper

The time allotted for each oral presentation differs according to the category of oral presentation- SCS Gold Medal paper presentation (8 minutes for presentation and 2 minutes for Discussion) or Free (6 minutes for presentation and 2 minutes for Discussion). It is suggested that you plan your presentation in advance, and practice it in order to make sure that it fits within the allowed time. No exceptions will be made.


  • While planning your presentation, make sure that you go straight to the point.
  • Avoid spending too much time on introduction and background.
  • Ideally, the sections of your speech should be:
    • Aim of the study
    • Methodology
    • Results
    • Conclusions

Delivering An Oral Presentation

  • The presentation should in power point format (MS Office 2007/ 2003, not preferably MAC system).
  • We suggest that you do not put too much information on one slide. Each slide should not have more than:
    • 8 lines of text
    • 8 words per line.
  • Avoid complex tables- use pictures, graphs and charts, as these should summarize your thoughts;
  • If you use animations, be sure that you remember how they work when delivering the presentation;
  • If you want to use a template, find one that relates to the contents of your presentation.
  • Make sure that the graphic template of your presentation is user-friendly. Use simple graphic backgrounds; complex backgrounds will make your text unreadable.
  • Make sure that there is contrast between the color of the background and the text. (Generally, pastel-color backgrounds are more suitable for presentations delivered in small rooms. Dark-color backgrounds, with light colors for the text, are more advisable for presentations to be delivered in a large auditorium.)
  • Turn off your mobile phone when you are delivering your presentation.

If you are not very familiar with public presentations, it is suggested that you practice your paper in front of colleagues before the conference.


Important Note: Check that your presentation works before delivering it. We will provide a presentation preparation room where speakers will be able to test their computer presentations.


Get to know the audio-visual controls in advance. Tell the staff that you will be delivering the presentation and that you want to check how the facilities work. You have the right to do so.


Speak clearly, distinctly and slow enough that also those whose native language is something other than English can enjoy your talk. Keeping a presentation within 8/6 minutes may be hard if you do not plan your speech wisely; speaking quickly is by no means a good solution.


If there are any other queries, kindly feel free to let us know.
Wishing you good luck and seeing you at conference.


With Warm regards
Dr. H S Chhabra,
Secretary-Spinal Cord Society

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