The typical conference schedule allows 10-15 min for presentations with perhaps 5 min for questions. A good general rule is to allow approximately one minute per slide, however if the content is relatively simple (as in the example in Fig. 10.2) and the transition between slides is smooth (e.g. Powerpoint presentations rather than overhead transparencies) it is possible to increase this; thus for a ten-minute talk this implies having around 12-15 slides, including a title slide and acknowledgements slide. Box 10.1 gives a suggested basic format, an example (the MRC OE02 trial [11]) is given in Fig. 10.2.

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