eLightning Presenter Guidelines

eLightning Presentation Hours
Please note that eLightning presentations will occur at various times throughout the week. Please refer to the AbSciCon Online Program for reference.


Location and Attendance
Hyatt Regency Bellevue - Evergreen Ballroom

AbSciCon asks that participants at AbSciCon 2019, observe these AGU guidelines:

Photography and Social Media Guidelines for Meetings.


eLightning Format Overview

Session Format

  • Each eLightning session will be 2 hours (unless otherwise stated), starting with a 3-minute lightning presentation from each presenter, concluding with group discussion. The remainder of the session will consist of each presenter standing by their individual touchscreen monitor for more direct interactions and discussions.
  • The group lightning presentations and discussion will be held in the “session station” of the eLightning Area with one touchscreen monitor all presenters to use sequentially.
  • Individual touchscreen monitors are located within 20 feet of the “session station” providing for an easy transition between the two parts of the session

Presentation Format

  • Each presentation will be created through a Web-based platform, aMuze! iPosterSessions. Presenters will receive individual emailed instructions on how to log in to this platform and create their presentations.
  • These Web-based presentations can include high-resolution images, videos and animations, voice-over narrations, and scrolling content. Authors also have the option of recording a brief introduction or summary recording linked in the presentation.
  • At the conference, these presentations will be projected on a large touch screen, enabling a dynamic, interactive, multifaceted, digital presentation.
  • Before, during, and after the conference, published presentations will be viewable and searchable via an online gallery, extending the life of each presentation.

For a summary of the eLightning format, please review the following video:


Presentation Creation

  • All presentations MUST be created using the iPosterSessions online software. All eLightning presenters will receive emailed instructions and their individual log-in information.
  • Take advantage of the multimedia abilities of this system. Add complex graphics or charts or record an introduction or summary for viewers to access online before the meeting. There are many other features of this platform that will be further explained in a presentation tips email sent in late October to the presenters.
  • Do NOT create or print a paper or fabric poster. This presentation format is all digital and the only presentation that will be utilized is the one created in the iPosterSessions.
  • Need to edit your presentation after you have published it to the presentation gallery? You can! Simply log back in to the system and follow the instructions to edit. You can edit your presentation until 6:00 P.M. on 28 June.

Presenting Onsite

  • Please discuss the material as reported in your submitted and approved abstract.
  • Take time to rehearse your presentation. If your presentation runs longer than your 3-minute allotment, eliminate the least essential material and rehearse again.
  • The touchscreen monitors will be available for further onsite presentation reference or presentation practice (except during eLightning presentation times) during the following times:
    • Monday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
    • Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
    • Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 9:15 PM
    • Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
    • Friday: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • For your 3-minute lightning presentation, give an opening statement to acquaint the audience with the nature and purpose of the study. Speak slowly and clearly. Word choice should be simple: use active words and short sentences.
  • For your individual presentation time, be prepared for longer and more in-depth conversations. Utilize the practice times noted above so that you can be familiar with how the touchscreens work so you can more easily navigate your unlimited content.
  • There will be an onsite technical help desk for eLightning sessions ready to provide any assistance.
  • Please also note that AbSciCon has updated its Photography and Social Media Guidelines. The default for AbSciCon will be that photos are allowed for personal use unless the presenter indicates otherwise. Presenters can do this by displaying a digital “No Photo” image on their poster or slides available here.