Abstract Guidelines

There are two different types of abstracts that some participants will be submitting to the BioCat conference: Poster Abstracts and Oral Presentation Abstracts. The guidelines/templates for these abstracts are the same. They can be downloaded here. Please follow the template carefully, including font, sizing, spacing, and length requirements. All abstracts should be sent to biocat@uit.no with flore.kersten@ncmm.uio.no on copy by May 1st. We need these fairly early in order to create a printed abstract book, so please be timely with submission.

Poster Guidelines

Those submitting a Poster Abstract will also need to create/print a poster. You will bring the poster along with you to the conference. Posters should be no larger than 50 cm wide x 70 cm high. BioCat does not cover the costs of designing or printing your poster.

Presentation Guidelines

Those submitting Oral Presentation Abstracts will also need to create a Powerpoint presentation to accompany your oral presentation. These presentations should be sent to biocat@uit.no with camilla.floien.angeltveit@nmbu.no on copy by May 31st. Please also bring a copy on USB to the event in case we encounter technical problems.

My suggestion to those of you doing 3 minute presentations – make an ‘elevator pitch’ presentation.  These are presentations meant to get someone interested in learning more about your research, not to fill them in on everything you have done. Think storytelling. This is a very good skill to have. If you don’t want to design an entire Powerpoint presentation for a 3 minute elevator pitch, that is fine. Just make a Powerpoint document ‘cover page’ with your name, your university, the title of your presentation and maybe some nice relevant graphic to have static in the background while you speak. If you do have a multi-page visual presentation that you think fits in 3 minutes, that is fine too, but don’t overdo it.

10 minute presentations should, of course, focus more on outcomes, methodology, etc. and should include a multi-page Powerpoint presentation with some detail.


There will be prizes for Best Poster, Best 3 Minute Presentation, and Best 10 Minute Presentation.