Speaker Info

October 27 - 30, 2019 | St. Louis, Missouri

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Speaker Information

Please refer to the details below regarding your paper and/or presentation.

Abstracts Due - 3/15/2019
Acceptance Letters to Authors - 4/19/2019
Paper Due to Session Chairs - 7/12/2019
Final Paper Due to TAPPI - 9/6/2019
Slides Due to Session Chairs - 9/6/2019
Final Slides Due to TAPPI - 10/1/2019

Your presentation is subject to peer review and must comply with TAPPI antitrust and commercialism guidelines. Submission guidelines are listed below, and more detailed information/tips are also available in the following locations: 

Download the PEERS PowerPoint Template

PowerPoints need to be in 16:9 aspect ratio to properly fit onto the projectors/screens.

Your paper and presentation are subject to peer review and must comply with TAPPI antitrust and commercialism guidelines. Submission guidelines are listed below, and more detailed information/tips are also available in the following locations:

Commercialism Guidelines

TAPPI Author/Speaker Kit 

Manuscript Requirements

Presentation Guide

Presentation Tips

Antitrust Guidelines

Once approved, your materials will also be included in the Conference proceedings, with your permission. You may give TAPPI your permission on your submission form in the Speaker Management System.

Tips for Preparing Visual Presentations

General Guidelines

Tips for Creating your Slide Deck

Tips for using Graphs & Charts

Presentation Tips

Before the conference:

  1. Practice. Rehearse your talk at least three times prior to your presentation. This will allow you to get comfortable with the flow, as well as evaluate whether or not you’re meeting the objective of your talk. If possible, rehearse in front of someone who can offer constructive criticism.  
  1. Time your presentation. Ensure your speaking voice is natural, clear and not rushed. A good rule of thumb is that a 2,000 – 2,500 word presentation takes about 20 minutes, including time for a question and answer period.  
  1. Pay attention to format. Be sure your presentation includes the following elements:
    1. Statement of problem
    2. Plan of attack and results
    3. Impact/Importance
    4. Conclusion
    *The introduction and conclusion are the most critical part of your talk. The introduction is your opportunity to engage the audience, and your conclusion is where you will emphasize the takeaway. Be sure to know these well.  

At the conference:

  1. Arrive early. Be in the room 30 – 45 minutes prior to the start of your session. This will allow you to familiarize yourself with the room and the AV equipment.  
  2. Preview your slides. Always ensure you’ve done a final check on your slides. A room will be available for this purpose.  
  3. Allow time for a question and answer period. Always repeat audience questions into the microphone before responding so that everyone can hear it. To ensure a lively Q&A session, you can supply your session developer (or someone else) with a list of prepared questions to get the ball rolling. This can also serve as an opportunity to supply additional useful information which did not fit into the constraints of your presentation.  

Antitrust Guidelines

Attendees at industry events in the US are becoming increasingly sensitive to antitrust compliance at face to face meetings. Therefore, we remind all authors to follow these simplified guidelines in your paper or presentation slides. The full TAPPI antitrust guidelines may be found here.

Commercialism Guidelines

For more specifics, please review the Commercialism Guidelines document.

Session Room Equipment

Regular session room setups include the following:
a. Lectern/Podium
b. Lectern/Podium microphone
c. Floor microphone for audience questions
d. PC laptop with VGA connection
e. Projector (16:9 aspect ratio)
f. 8 foot screen
g. Slide advancer
h. WiFi (please do not rely on an internet connection for your presentation

For specific AV needs, please contact us as soon as you know. All requests may not be accommodated. We will do our best to fit your needs. Changes to AV may not be permitted within 3 weeks of the event. 

Conference Registration

Please remember you must also register for the conference.   Significantly reduced rates are available to speakers. You should also remember to book your hotel as early as possible; TAPPI's discounted rooms will go fast.

Speaker Management System Instructions 

Creating a Submission in TAPPI Speaker Management System. The same link can be used to modify an existing submission in the Speaker Management System. 

If you have any problems, please contact Pat Stiede.



General Conference/Program questions: 
Lisa Stephens; +1 770.209.7313; lstephens@tappi.org