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Frequently Asked Questions for MS&T20 Virtual

Oral Presentations

What is the format for oral presentations?
All oral presentations will be pre-recorded through the Bravura platform. Files must be submitted as MP4s. More information is available in the MS&T20 Virtual Speaker Guide.

What are the time constraints for presentations? In general, contributed presentations should last 20 minutes. Please do not extend your presentation beyond your assigned time. Invited speaker times can vary but may not exceed 40 minutes.

Is a PowerPoint template available? An MS&T20 PowerPoint template is available here. The PowerPoint template is not required, so you can use your own if you prefer.

How do I record the presentation? Information is available in the MS&T20 Virtual Speaker Guide.

How do I submit my recorded oral presentation? You must first register prior to submitting your presentation. Information is available in the MS&T20 Virtual Speaker Guide.

By what date do I upload my presentation online? See the important dates below.

How do I avoid having people save/record my presentations? Similar to an in-person conference, during the registration process, all attendees are asked to agree to not save or record presentations from the conference. In addition, attendees are not able to use the Bravura system to record someone else’s presentation.

Poster Presentations

What is the format for poster presentations? Presenters should provide the poster in PDF format. Any visual aids which might clarify the results of your own work are encouraged. These can include diagrams, charts, figures, illustrations, etc. However, do not post your paper text. Note that graphics should be simple, colorful, well-labeled, and clear. Poster presenters can also create a 2-minute video to introduce their poster. 

How do I submit my poster presentation? Information is available in the MS&T20 Virtual Speaker Guide

By what date do I upload my poster presentation online? See the important dates below.

Time Zone Considerations

Due to time zone issues, do I have to be available at the date/time of my presentation? No. We realize that time zones can be a concern. However, since talks will be pre-recorded you will not need to be present for the virtual meeting at your scheduled speaking time. For example, if your talk is scheduled at 10:00 a.m. EST on Monday, November 2, you do not need to access the virtual meeting at this time. All talks will be available for viewing during the session time and after until December 31. A significant advantage is that participants can view missed talks, since they will still be available after the session ends!

In which time zone will MS&T20 Virtual take place? All presentations and events will be scheduled in Eastern Standard Time. (Please note that Daylight Savings Time ends and Standard Time begins on November 1. )


I am a presenter – do I need to register and pay? Yes, but be sure to register at the discounted presenter’s rate.

When does registration open? September 25, 2020.

What is the registration deadline date for presenters? October 9. IMPORTANT: If you have not registered by this date, your presentation will be removed from the program.

General Information

How can I communicate with participants during my session? Information is available in the MS&T20 Virtual Speaker Guide.  View the Message Board section.

How long will presentations be available to view? Presentations will be available to view through December 31, 2020.

Important Dates for Presenters

By what date do I upload my presentation online? The system will be available starting on October 9, 2020. The deadline dates are based on topic areas for each symposium. General deadlines are listed below. You can view this schedule for a detailed list of symposia by topic area and the associated deadlines. Please upload your presentation before or on your assigned date to avoid overload of the system.

Deadline Dates Based on Topic Areas

October 21:
  • Electronic and Magnetic Materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Processing and Manufacturing
October 22:
  • Fundamentals and Characterization
  • Modeling
October 23:
  • Additive Manufacturing
October 26:
  • Biomaterials
  • Ceramic and Glass Materials
  • Iron and Steel (Ferrous Alloys)
  • Special Topics
October 27:
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Energy
  • Materials-Environment Interactions