Registration and submission guidelines

Registration and abstract submission are open!

You can register to attend the symposium and submit an abstract to be considered for presentation through the link at the bottom of the page. Before submitting an abstract please read carefully the guidelines, below.

Click HERE for registration.

The EXTENDEND DEADLINE for abstract submission is Sunday, March 8th, 2020. Note: you will not be able to modify your submission after submission.

Abstracts will be selected for one of the 3 presentation types:

  • 10 minute talk
  • Flash talk
  • Poster

Each presentation type provides a unique opportunity for you to present your research to the amazing crowd of Yale Postdocs coming together from all different fields.

10 minute talks allow speakers to give a broad overview of their research as well as their important findings. These talks are to be presented clearly and understandable to the broad audience in attendance. Abstracts selected for 10 minute talks will be the best of the best in terms of clarity and accessibility to help demonstrate the diversity and excellence of Postdoc research being conducted at Yale.

Flash talks, which could be considered a more difficult exercise, requires the speaker to present their research efficiently and effectively in only 1-2 slides. For this rather unique style of presentation – which could also be considered an ‘elevator pitch’ of your research, we will offer training for this format in collaboration with OCS.

Posters will be presented in one of two poster sessions. You will have time to introduce your topic in a discussion format, engage in conversation with other postdocs and seek feedback on your work to date. Be prepared to be able to guide Postdocs unfamiliar with your topic through your poster.

See the FAQs page for more information about the presentation types and what is expected.

Abstract guidelines

Please consider the following guideline to be sure your abstract is accepted and correctly evaluated (download pdf).

  • Abstracts must be written for a general/broad/lay/multidisciplinary audience. Do not use jargon, abbreviations, symbols or non-english letters. Abstracts that have been submitted for presentations elsewhere are welcomed but must be updated accordingly to these requirements.
  • Please focus on the big-picture importance of your research rather than on extensive amounts of methods and data. Clarity is an important criterion for the overall evaluation of the abstract.
  • Abstract main text is limited to 300 wordsTitle length is limited to 40 words and acknowledgements to 80 words. Please make sure non-english letters (ß, æ, é, etc.) are absent from text, title and acknowledgements.
  • Your abstract should be structured as follows: Introduction, Methods, Results (if applicable), Conclusion and General Impact.
  • Acknowledgements should list the sources of support of your research (limited to 80 words).
  • You must have all parts of your abstract (title, author list, main text and acknowledgments) ready before starting the submission process. No modifications will be possible after submission.
  • As we are using Google form, you must have a Gmail account to register. However, when asked for your email address please record your We will not see any information from your gmail account.
  • Each abstract will be evaluated by several members of the organizing committee according to the scoring rubric that can be found here.
  • To promote the diversity of presentations, each person will only be allowed one type of presentation (either 10 min talk, flash talk or poster). More details about each presentation format are available in the FAQs. While you have the option to choose for your abstract to be considered for each of these presentation types during the registration process, if selecting multiple presentations types, your abstract will be considered in the following order: 10 min talk > flash talk > poster.
  • Your abstract and title will be added to the Abstract Booklet, which will only be made available to those registered to attend the Symposium. If you do not want your abstract to be included in the symposium booklet, please contact us at