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Speaker Information

Speaker Ready Room

The Speaker Ready Room is where you can test your presentation, print notes, and load the files a day in advance.

  • All speakers load their presentations in the 2024 Speaker Ready Room: 155 D in the Salt Palace Convention Center.
  • Speaker Ready Room will open on Monday, May 20, at 2:00 pm, and then will be open May 21 through 24 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (room will close at 4 pm on May 24).
  • Speakers should load their presentations at least the day before their talk.
  • Similar to last year, the Speaker Ready Room will be staffed by our streaming providers. Please let them know you are there to load a presentation and they will assist you.

Helpful Hints

  • Talk Length and Q&A: Check in with your Program Chair regarding the exact length of your talk. In some cases, you will be asked to leave time at the end for Q&A, likely about 5-10 minutes; some sessions may save Q&A for the end of the block of presentations.
  • PowerPoint Template: If you prefer to use an AIC-themed template, we have created a standard PowerPoint slide template at the correct aspect ratio of 16:9. You may download the template below.
  • Moderators for virtual chats will need to log into the virtual session to see the questions; please have a phone, tablet, or laptop available for this.
  • Poster authors should review our poster guidelines.

Presentation Guidelines

The Speaker Ready Room typically has laptops and a screen and projector. We plan to provide a printer as well.

Basic AV

  • The slide aspect ratio is 16:9 (widescreen), and the LCD projector resolution is 1920x1080, standard for widescreen presentations.
  • Each room will have a PC laptop with the latest versions of Windows and Office.
  • Speakers should bring their presentations with them on a USB drive to upload their presentations on the  laptops in the Speaker Ready Room no later than the day before their talk.
  • Speakers need to arrive at the meeting room where their talk will be presented 30 minutes before the start of their session (ideally this will be during a break).
  • We will have Wi-Fi for all attendees and dedicated bandwidth for speakers. However, we cannot guarantee its availability or strength. Please upload all files necessary to the presentation laptop rather than relying on Wi-FI to access them during your presentation. For this reason, we strongly discourage use of Google slides.

Uploading Presentations

  • We require speakers to upload their presentations in the Speaker Ready Room at least one day before their scheduled talk. In addition, we request that speakers arrive to the meeting room where they will present at least 30 minutes before the start of their session and not just before their own talk.

    • For example, if a presentation is at 2 pm or 5 pm, the speaker should arrive at the meeting room at 1:30 pm.
    • This will allow you to double-check your presentation and go over last minute details with your program chair.
  • We will have AV techs available to assist if issues arise. 
  • All talks for each session typically remain in the same room throughout the meeting. AV techs will bring the same laptop back to the same room.


All non-luncheon sessions will be live-streamed this year. (Luncheon programming is typically recorded and posted later to allow for editing.) Speakers for live-streamed presentations do not need to do anything extra to prepare. They should focus on in-person attendees and present like they normally would. We will broadcast the audio and video of their presentation to virtual attendees.

ADA Issues

  • Speakers must ask all attendees to use the standing microphones in the audience to ask questions for the livestream (if applicable) and for those using personal transmitters to boost audio.
  • All session rooms will have a podium with a microphone and a head table with table mics. We request that the speakers in each 90-minute block sit at the head table and go to the podium to give their talk. At the podium, we request speakers to remove their masks before speaking. Speaking through a mask makes it hard for anyone who needs to read lips to follow the presentation and for the closed-captioning for the live-streaming to work. We will place the podium at a relatively safe distance from the head table and the attendees.

Hygiene Preparation

We will provide disinfectant wipes for speakers and attendees to use on the podium, tabletop, floor mic, and other surfaces.


Speakers may upload handouts for attendees to the meeting's online community or a session in the online Program and Schedule.

For the meeting community, follow these steps.

  1. Go to the 2024 Annual Meeting Community and log in.
  2. Go to the Library tab, or click ADD next to Latest Library Entries.
  3. Create a New Entry, select the folder marked with the day of your presentation, and describe your files (title of presentation, abstract, whatever seems relevant).
  4. Select Entry Type > Standard File Upload.
  5. Drag and drop or upload ALL of your files on the next screen so there is just ONE entry for your talk in the folder.
  6. Click through to finish.

Presentation Guides

Download this guide to prepare for your presentation onsite or online.

FileTypeSizeUploaded onDownload
AIC Postprint SubmissionsPDF72.66 KB29 Apr, 2024 Download
Guidelines for Presenters at the AIC In-person and Virtual Annual MeetingPDF182.97 KB18 Apr, 2024 Download
2024 Annual Meeting Presentation TemplatePPTX4.39 MB16 Apr, 2024 Download
Guidelines for Giving Your Own Land AcknowledgementPDF125.81 KB14 Apr, 2022 Download

Conference Publication Submissions

We invite all speakers to submit their full papers to one of our conference publications ("postprints") after presenting them at the meeting. These publications are not peer-reviewed, but they are copyedited and formatted for style. Authors who publish their papers in one of our postprints can also submit them to the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC).

Information about submitting to various session postprints is in the "AIC Postprint Submissions" document above.