Oral and poster presentations are two equally important and valuable methods for presenting papers at the IMTC.


Oral presentation consists of 15 minutes for presentation of the problem, the background, the innovative approach, the new results and the comparative evaluation. Additional 5 minutes are available for discussion with the attendees.

To perform the presentation, the following equipment will be available in the conference rooms:

  • overhead projector,

  • personal computer (with MS Windows operating system) and computer projector

The presenter should prepare a reasonable number of transparencies or electronic slides, so as not to exceed the 15 minute time. Typically, 1 transparency/slide is presented in 1 minute. Additional transparencies/slides could be prepared to support possible answers to attendees' questions.

Each transparency/slide should not be overcrowded by text and graphics. Too much text should be avoided: transparencies/slides should support the presentation, they should not be simply read by the presenter.

Graphics help in communications, are more understandable, and point out the basic ideas.

Use large fonts so as they are readable without efforts: typically 18-20 point fonts should be used.

Presentation should be clearly structured.

Begin with a title page.

The index of the presentation should outline of the presentation.

The basic problem should be clearly stated, as well as the application area.

The background and previous work should be summarized to provide a prospective for the results presented in the paper.

The innovative approach should be clearly stated.

The application of the approach to the application problem should be described, by pointing out the main features and characteristics, the problems and the solutions.

The results should be clearly outlined and evaluated. Appropriate comparisons with previous results should be presented.

Conclusions should summarize the work performed and point out the main innovation and results. Future work and developments could also be sketched.

If you prefer the computer presentation, the acceptable formats are MS Powerpoint, PDF, and PostScript. You will have:

  • either to bring your presentation on a CDROM and give it at the registration desk,

  • or to send your presentation by email to, at least 4 hours before your presentation.
To avoid unpleasant delays during the sessions due to the need to change computers and to possible compatibility problems, you will not be allowed to connect your own computer to the projector.


Poster papers will be mounted and may be viewed over a period of several hours prior to the poster session per se. Authors are expected to be in attendance during their designated poster sessions.

The poster board and push pins for mounting the poster papers on it will be provided by IMTC. All the poster papers will be provided by the author(s).

The poster board will be 36 in (90 cm) horizontal by 48 in (120 cm) vertical; its usable area will be 36 in (90 cm) by 40 in (100 cm).

The heading should list the paper title (3 cm font), author(s) name(s) (2 cm font) and affiliation(s) (2 cm font). It should occupy the top 20 cm of the poster, across the full horizontal width of the poster board. It should be in bold face type and readable from a distance of 2 m.

A photograph (at least 7.5 cm x 5 cm) of the author(s) should be mounted near the top of the panel so viewers can identify the author(s) for intellectual interchange.

The abstract should summarize the pertinent results and conclusions.

The introduction should state the purpose of the work in relation to previous work in the field.

The results section should indicate the most important findings.

The conclusions should give the interpretation and the significance of the results.

The references to previous work may be appropriate.

The font size for the headings of the abstract, introduction, results, conclusions, references, and any other sections should be 2 cm, and the text and the captions for figures and graphs should be 0.8 cm. A small amount of highly specialized material that is intended to be read only by participants who are very interested in the poster may use a font size as small as 0.4 cm.

While the poster paper does require some text, e.g., in the abstract, conclusion and references sections, at least one-half of the poster area should be devoted to figures, graphs or photographs: the adage about one picture being worth 10,000 words is relevant in this case.

Authors are encouraged to check their poster's correctness via a trial run with their colleagues at their home institutions rather than seeing it for the first time at the conference.