Guidelines for Papers and Posters


Paper Presentation Time Length

A: 15 minutes.

Q: Why are the papers only 15 minutes in length?

A: Simply put, this time length is long enough to seriously address a subject and short enough to hold people’s attention. It turns out that this length also works well online and is also the length of a standard coffee break.

In effect, the 15-minute length works much in the way Twitter forces people to be disciplined in what they write. By forcing speakers who are often used to speaking for 45 minutes (or longer) to limit their delivery to 15 min., they have to focus on what they really want to say. What are the key points to be communicated? This time span serves as a clarifying tool and encourages discipline.

RE-Arc has experimented with various allowable presentation time lengths. In part, the current RE-Arc paper/talk length is modeled on TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) presentations and those of several other established conferences.

Please see the following links for more information on presentation skills:

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