Rules & guidelines

  • Conference organizers will create the conference program based on the submitted abstracts.
  • Each presentation will be allotted a 15-minute time slot.
  • Each presentation consists of 6 numbered tweets, with each tweet using the official conference hashtag (#ExOncTC).
  • Tweets can (and likely should) contain some media, including images, pictures, figures, infographics, GIFs, videos, and/or links to sources/papers, though the presentation should be understandable by reading the tweets themselves.
  • Like any other conference, the audience will be able to comment and ask questions during a presentation. This is done via the official hashtag. This discussion should ideally happen before the next presentation begins, though discussions may continue even after the conference.
  • Discussions on a presentation should be posted as a reply to the specific tweet in order to maintain a cohesive thread.

Example presentation

The general guideline for the six-tweet presentation is to have an introductory tweet, then four substance tweets and finally a concluding tweet. Each presentation will begin be introduced by an announcement tweet from the organizers. Despite the strict character limits, please aim for clear and good scientific-quality presentations.

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  • Use TweetDeck etc. so that you can follow multiple streams simultaneously.
    • Presenters should consider a column for notifications and another for the conference hashtag.
  • Presentation tweets should be drafted prior to your presentation so that they are ready immediately at your assigned presentation slot, making sure that they meet the Twitter character limit, images have uploaded appropriately and completely, links work, etc.)
  • The presentation tweets should be paced such that participants have time to read, understand, and potentially respond/reply to them, rather than sending a group/thread of tweets at the beginning of the presentation.
  • If your presentation is detailing (or referencing) a study that has been previously published, please include a link (if available/possible) to the publication (a link in a tweet takes up only 23 characters).
  • Presenters should be prepared to answer (and ask!) questions. The presenter “chairs” the discussion during their time slot, by choosing which comments and questions they answer.

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