Presentation Guidelines

Only postdoctoral scholars and research scientists are eligible to present at the conference, but everyone in the UC Davis community is welcome to attend. 


Abstracts will be selected for oral presentations and the rest will be given the opportunity for poster presentations. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and the criteria for selection will be based on:

  1. Clarity: clear flow and descriptions, clearly convey the aims and significance of your work
  2. Refrain from highly technical language, abbreviations, and jargon
  3. Of interest to a wide and general audience
  4. No longer than 200 words. (This will impact your scoring)



The goal of the PRS is to provide an opportunity for UC Davis postdoctoral scholars to share their research with each other and the broader campus community. To make the PRS as inclusive as possible for both new and established postdoctoral scholars, we welcome new posters and presentations as well as those previously presented at other conferences or meetings.  Research conducted at UC Davis or your previous institution/organization is acceptable.       


Oral Presentations

  • 10-12 min presentation followed by 2-3 min of Q&A. Time strictly enforced!
  • Sessions might or might not be grouped thematically. Your talk should be understandable and interesting to a general academic audience.
  • Your session chair will be in contact a week before the symposium.


Poster Presentations

  • Recommended size: Standard A0 (2.76 ft x 3.90 ft), no bigger than 4 ft x 4 ft.
  • On the day of the symposium, please set up your posters during registration (8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. to allow maximum time for viewing and make sure your poster has been collected before 3 p.m.
  • The times for the poster sessions will be announced when the program is finalized. Poster presenters will be allocated a number.


Science Slam

In addition to the “traditional” talks we offer you the opportunity to present your work in a science slam. A science slam is a scientific talk where scientists present their research work in a given time frame (7-10 min) in front of a non-expert audience. The focus lies on teaching current science to a diverse audience in an entertaining way. The presentation is judged by the audience.

The slam will take place in a plenary session before the awards ceremony and the winner will receive a prize. (There are great examples of science slams on youtube like here from our colleagues at UC Berkeley)



There will be prizes for the best talks and best posters. Prize winners will receive a monetary award (past years $200-$300), pending funding. The prize money will be payed through Direct Deposit. Good luck!


Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Registration and abstract submission opens – December 2nd 2019
  • Abstract submission deadline – January 31st 2020
  • Presentation or poster notification – End of February 2020