XI International Congress on Management of Amazonian and Latin American Wildlife
St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, 17 - 22 August 2014
Extended abstracts
Extended abstracts should be thought provoking, inspiring and innovative contributions and can further the sustainable development of neo-tropical species. These are curated and we encourage the submission of novel and successful approaches to wildlife farming, conservation and management of these species.

Republishability of material
Main conference proceedings will publish referreed content, which will also comprise part of the XICIMFAUNA Digital Library. Authors must assign copyright of the content to XICIMFAUNA which restricts reuse, however, authors will retain some rights for reuse and re-publication of the material according to the XICIMFAUNA Copyright Policy. Regarding extended abstracts, these be published in a semi-archival publication which will be disseminated widely as well as the XICIMFAUNA Digital Library. Copyright of these are retained by the authors and may be republished.

Please note that when republishing content which has already been published and widely disseminated, it is good practice to cite the prior publication and state the differences between the current and prior material.

Standard Technical Equipment
- Projector with resolution up to 1024 x 768
- Projector screen
- Podium microphone
- Audio input to room speakers
- VGA connection

Checking your content
- Ensure that persons who are not familiar with your sub-area of neo-tropical animal wildlife can understand the main points of your presentation as XI CIMFAUNA is a multi-disciplinary conference with students, hunters, researchers, farmers and other practitioners in the audience. Ensure that the audience and readers can understand:
    - questions your submission addresses
    - why is it important
    - an overview of methods used
    - main results
    - why are the results important and how can they be translated to practical use

- Finish your presentation in the allotted time; 17 minutes for papers and 8 minutes for short papers, notes and interactivity. Any speaker who exceeds this time will be interrupted by the Session Chair without question and time for discussion and questions would be reduced accordingly

- Bullet points should only be used in exceptional cases. If they must be used, do so sparingly and avoid placing large amounts of text

- Avoid writing what you say on the slides, and if text is necessary, it is not necessary to write in full sentences. Instead, present a series of exhibits to tell the story of your research. Present images, diagrams, tables, graphs and videos to captivate your audience

- Regarding logos of your sponsors or academic institutions, keep them to a minimum place them inconspicuously in the top right hand corner of slides or the poster. These should not be the most outstanding element on your presentation

- Use text sparingly and keep font at or bigger than 28 point font size

Adhering to these points may cause the creation of your presentation to take much longer to complete, however, it will glue the audience to the screen, making it all worthwhile.

- Arrive 20 minutes before the session to test the compatibility of your laptop and software with the projector

- Maximise the portability of your PowerPoint presentation by loading it on a CD or memory stick

- Take into consideration that persons who speak a multitude of languages throughout the Latin America and Caribbean region will be attending the conference. Ensure that you speak slowly enough without colloquial expressions so that non-native speakers could understand and comprehension is not impaired

- Speak into your microphone so that persons in the last row of seats could hear easily

- Pay attention to the Session Chair's countdown cards for 5 minutes and 1 minute prior to time being up as well as the "time up" card. Should you not stop when time is called, the Session Chair will interrupt you and start the Q&A session

- Ensure that you rehearse your presentation beforehand so that you can arrange information spatially within your allotted time. By so doing, you will avoid speaking faster to rush down the remainder of your presentation should you be running out of time. In such instances the audience will tend not to remember your presentation and the impact will be low

- Avoid ending your presentation with a slide asking for questions. However, end your presentation with a slide summarising the main findings and a take away message. This will help and guide the audience as to questions they should ask

- Avoid using the audience's question to give elements of your presentation not made because of the time limit

- Ensure that you answer each question directly, succinctly without digressing into related topics not covered by your presentation because of the time limit

Updated 20-Oct-2013