Live Q&A : support slide during your pitch

Q&A session instructions:

  • Join your session 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start.
  • During the Q&A session in which you work is scheduled, you will pitch/summarize your contribution to the audience, within a strict timeframe of 2 minutes maximum. To support this short pitch, the Session Chair will display your 1-slide pitch presentation (free format – no template given) provided that you uploaded one together with your video/poster.
    • Technical requirements 1-slide pitch:
      • PDF file
      • <10 MB
  • After your pitch, the chair will moderate a discussion slot of 3 minutes during which you will be answering questions coming from the audience.
  • Questions are collected before the conference already via the virtual ISMA-USD conference platform but can also be raised live during the Q&A session. To ensure a highly dynamic session, we warmly encourage each author to have a look at all the contributions in his/her session beforehand and actively prepare and submit questions via the platform.
  • At the end of each Q&A session, there will be time for a plenary discussion based on, but not limited to, the innovations presented in the session.


Poster presentation format:

Please create the poster as an one-page PDF document in portrait direction and with a maximum file size of 5MB. There is no template for the posters. You will be able to upload your poster electronically between August 17 – 23. More information about the upload procedure as well as the virtual platform will follow in due time.

Oral presentation format:

  • A pre-recorded presentation of slides and audio (voice-over).
  • The video must be:
    • limited to a maximum duration of 20 minutes
    • limited to a maximum file size of 500 MB
    • saved as a .MP4 file
  • The first slide should contain:
    • Presenter’s name and affiliation
    • Title
    • ISMA-USD 2020, September 7-9, 2020
    • ISMA-USD logo (download here)
    • Copyright statement:
      "© 2020 [name author]
      This work is protected by copyright and, subject to the exceptions expressly laid down by law, may not be communicated to the public in whole or in part, reproduced, processed or stored in a automatized database, in any way whatsoever, without the express prior written consent of the author."

You will be able to upload your recorded video between August 17 – 23. More information about the procedure to upload the video as well as the virtual platform will follow in due time.

Best practices for presentations

  • Screen recording:
    • resolution of 720p (1280x720 pixels) - minimum
    • 16/9 aspect ratio
    • landscape orientation
  • Avoid periods of silence with no speaking
  • A good sound quality is very important to achieve a high quality in your video. It is strongly recommended that you use an external microphone when possible. Even the microphones of most earphones / headphones will lead to a better quality than the microphone of your laptop. Make sure that you record your screencast in a quiet room and that the microphone is not rubbing against your clothing in case you use a clip-on microphone. Before recording your full video, we recommend that you perform some short tests with the microphone and check the recorded video to be sure that the volume and quality of the audio is good.
  • Optionally you can include speaker video in your screencast. If you decide to do so, make sure that the video does not cover any important part of your slides. The video results are also better if the camera is located at the height of your eyes. To have a clear image of the speaker, the face should be well illuminated.


Useful links:

Tools for creating a presentation with audio:

Microsoft PowerPoint

  • You can record narration for a presentation within PowerPoint
  • Adding audio to a slide is not supported in the web-version of PowerPoint, but is supported in the Windows and MacOS versions:


  • Start a meeting where you are the only participant. Share the desired window that contains the presentation. On the additional options button, click on Record. When you end the meeting, the video will be exported on a new folder that contains the recorded screen in an .mp4 format.
  • More information is available at


OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) Studio

  • Start a new scene with a Window Capture source. You can also include your webcam in a corner including another source Video Capture. You can now click the button ‘Start recording’ to start your screencast.
  • More information is available at


Adobe PDF

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro allows you to insert rich media files, such as sound into PDF documents. Anyone with the free Adobe Reader software can view and/or hear the media without additional software.
  • Step-by-step instructions are available at




Keynote for MacOS


Using Google Slides