February 13–16, 2017

Themed Discussion Presentation Guidelines

The Program Committee will identify themes and choose 4 to 5 poster abstracts to merge into hour-long discussions on select topics. A discussant (Themed Discussion moderator) will provide a 5-minute introduction outlining the state of the topic field, and then each presenter will give a brief overview of his or her poster (5 minutes) to summarize noteworthy results, conclusions, and discussion points. Discussants will interact with audience members and presenters to create a discussion that synthesizes the relevant information, covers key points of agreement and controversy, and draws comparisons to related work in the scientific field. The discussant will also provide a 5-minute conclusion summarizing key information of the session and posing important questions for future research.

Presentation Length and Format

Themed discussion presenters (4 to 5 per themed discussion) will be allocated 5 minutes to provide a brief overview of their posters. This time should be used to summarize key results, conclusions, and discussion points. If a discussant runs over the time limit, the moderator will interrupt and ask to have the presentation concluded.


Experience indicates that only 5 slides (plus title and disclosure slides) can be comfortably covered in 5 minutes. Presenters should prepare no more than 5 content slides. CROI will provide a title slide and a disclosure slide for each presenter based on the information that was submitted with the abstract. Presenters should prepare up to 5 content slides. The content slides should give an overview of the research with conclusions and future research direction. Do not include overly technical graphs, heavy text, or elaborate slide animations. Presenters will share their slides with the session moderator(s) in advance of the Themed Discussion session.

Slide Format

CROI will support MS PowerPoint or Apple Keynote only. Please ensure that all presentations are in one of these supported formats. High definition (HD) projectors will be used for all CROI sessions. Please apply widescreen formatting when preparing your slides (aspect ratio 16:9; resolution 1920 x 1080).

Slide Submission

Themed Discussion participants must bring their slides on a portable drive to the Speaker Ready Room so slides can be uploaded to the presentation computer. All presenters should bring their slides to the Speaker Ready Room at least 24 hours in advance of their presentation.

Financial Disclosure

A slide that lists all financial relationships with commercial entities (eg, pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies, etc) will be prepared by CROI for each presenter. This disclosure slide will be based on the information submitted by the presenter during abstract submission. If a presenter does not have any financial relationships with commercial entities to disclose, the slide will read:

Dr. [insert presenting author’s name] has no financial relationships with commercial entities to disclose.

Samples of wording of financial disclosure slide:

  • Sample 1: Dr [presenting author’s name] has served as a member of data monitoring committees for Company A [company name]–sponsored clinical trials.
  • Sample 2: Dr [presenting author’s name] received research grants awarded to his institution from Company A [company name] and Company B [company name], has served as a consultant to Company C [company name], and owns stock in Company D [company name].
  • Sample 3: Dr [presenting author’s name] is an employee of Company E [company name].