In iGEM, the purpose of the presentation is to communicate the project to others in an information and engaging manner. Teams are welcome to add an interactive or theatrical component to their presentation as well. Powerpoint slides or Prezi presentations are the most common methods of giving a presentation.
Teams may also want to look at Telling Your Story, a page which offers some guidance and examples for presenting your work. It's focused on crafting your wiki, but includes some general tips and tricks that may be helpful for both your poster and oral presentation.
Please see below for presentation guidelines:
- Each team is assigned a 30 minute session:
- 5 minutes for setting up
- 20 minutes for presenting
- 5 minutes for questions from the judges and audience
- Teams are given a 2 minute warning, then a 1 minute warning, and then will be cut off after the full 20 minutes
- Only registered student members of the team are allowed to present and answer questions
- Presentations should include an attributions section
- Speak loudly and clearly
- Teams should select 2-4 team members who are comfortable with talking in front of an audience to give the team's presentation
- While only a few team members present the project, the entire team should be at the presentation and should join their teammates during the questions
Presentation Evaluation Criteria
When judges are evaluating team presentations, they are looking for the following:
- Common iGEM presentation components: Below are the most common components seen in iGEM presentations. They are listed in the order in which they are usually presented, but that doesn't mean you have to follow the order if another way works better for your project. You can present your work in any way you want - these are just common elements seen in iGEM talks.
- Background and motivation: This is used to introduce your audience to your project and to explain why your project should be important to them.
- Engineering and design of your genetic device(s): For synthetic biology, the engineering of your devices is incredibly important. You should discuss how you approached the problem you are looking to solve, how you decided upon the design of your device, and why you selected the specific parts you used.
- Methodology overview of building your device: A brief overview, in either verbal or slide form, of how you built your genetic device is often included in synthetic biology talks. If you are presenting a new or updated method, then you should spend more time on it.
- Results and how you collected your data: You should explain how you tested your device(s) and show the data obtained from them. Graphs should be as clear as possible - include labels wherever needed and walk your audience through the data.
- Conclusions: What does your data suggest? Did your device(s) work as expected? Are there logical next steps?
- Human Practices component: Did you explore a Human Practices component in your project? Explain what you did and the results from your effort. This section may work better at the start if you focused on integrating HP throughout your project, or it may work better towards the end if you ran a separate outreach/education project that doesn't tie in with the overall theme of your project.
- Summary: Teams often include a summary slide of their project, highlighting their achievements and contributions to iGEM.
- Attributions and Acknowledgements: Attributions should be made throughout the project when possible, but you should also attribute the project at the end of the presentation. You can also use this slide to acknowledge your team instructors and advisors, as well as any sponsors you may have.
Presentation Examples: Slides
In 2014, Teams UCSF UCB (undergraduate) and ITESM-Guadalajara (overgraduate) won Best Presentation. You can see their presentation slides here:Results page. You can navigate to different years from the top menu bar, and view team presentation slides by clicking on the slide icon next to a team's name.
Presentation Examples: Videos
Below are some of the Best Presentation winners from the 2013 and 2012 Jamborees. The remaining videos can be seen on the Results page.