Requirements to presentation

Important Things to Remember:

Language. Text on presentation slides has to be bilingual, because we have only one projector at the venue (presentation template attached as a separate file).

Commercialism. Material of a commercial nature is unacceptable in an SPE presentation. Company logo(s) should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s) and only once on a first slide. Company templates cannot be used in presentations.

Plagiarism. Plagiarizing the work of others is unacceptable.

Publishing. After the meeting we publish the PDF presentation on the Section Web Site. We need your written confirmation for this.

Translation. If you are not able to translate your presentation into Russian/English, we are ready to assist you. In this case we need to get your English/Russian presentation in Power Point format in advance, at the latest two weeks prior to the meeting.


Organization of the presentation:

Slide #1. Title. The title should be concise, attract attention, and highlight the main point of your paper. Be clear about the subject matter. Company names or abbreviations should not appear in the title.

Slide #1. Authors. Immediately below the title, list the full names and company affiliations of all authors. While SPE prefers the use of initials in the byline, authors can elect to use full names instead. Generally, the order of authors indicates the level of contribution to the paper, with the principal author listed first. Where multiple authors are from the same company, do not repeat the company name each time, but only after the group of authors from that company.

Below are two examples:

Michael Mayerhofer, Pinnacle Technologies; Lloyd Stutz, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.; and Eric Davis, and Steve Wolhart, Pinnacle Technologies

P. M. Snider, Marathon Oil Co.; I. C. Walton, Schlumberger; T. K. Skinner, Marathon Oil Co.; and D. C. Atwood, B. M. Grove, and C. Graham, Schlumberger

Slide #2. Content of presentation.

Slide #3. Introduction. Outline the problem and briefly explain the solution.

Slide #4 and next.

- Statement of Theory and Definitions. Explain theory, define terms, describe test procedures used, and outline and problems peculiar to the subject.

- Description and Application of Equipment and Processes. Tell how the equipment was used and how tests were conducted. Describe any unusual test procedure(s) and discuss the development of experimental equipment, with illustrations if possible. Evaluate the equipment and its applications. 

- Presentation of Data and Results. Present results in the clearest form, whether it is text, figures, or tables. Use the text to provide essential information on figures. Be sure to define all terms in the text and in figures and tables.

- Conclusions. State directly and briefly your conclusions and the utility of these conclusions. All conclusions should be supported by data presented in the paper.

Last slide. Acknowledgments. Briefly cite or acknowledge special help from individuals or organizations.



To check if you have chosen the right font size, step back 2 meters from the monitor and make sure that you can read the text on your slides.

Choose a sans-serif font, such as Arial or Helvetica. Do not use serif fonts, e.g. Times New Roman or Palatino, because they are often harder to read.

Put headings for each slide and use separate colors for them.

Use one font for the majority of your presentation. Use different colors, sizes and styles (bold, underlined) for highlighting.

Do not use italics because they are hard to read.

666 rule:

No more than 6 bullets on a slide;

No more than 6 words in each bullet;

Every 6th slide must have some graphic component.


Use dark text on light background or light text on dark background.

Do not use capital letters in the whole text except for the heading



Limit the number of colors on one slide.

Bright colors allow to highlight small objects and fine lines. However, not all bright colors are correctly displayed when projected.

Do not use more than four colors on one chart.

Make a strong contrast between the text color and the background so that your presentation is easy to read.

Check all font colors in advance before the presentation because when projected the color on the screen and the color on the monitor may often differ.


Graphic design:

Use only as many grid lines as necessary to illustrate your point.

Although dual units (customary and SI metric units) are not required, you may want to present dual scales of measure on keys and axes.

Provide brief but descriptive captions for all figures.

Use a minimum of ordinate and abscissa values so they do not run together.

Ensure that all lines in the figure are of the same intensity and that all the figures have matching intensities.

Stick to one background for your slides.

Use the minimum required amount of text for describing diagrams and charts.

Do not put too much data on your slide. Leave some blank space around your text and charts.

Use graphic data that will help you clearly explain the contents of your slide:

  • Bar charts for comparing data;
  • Line charts;
  • Pie chart demonstrating the relationship of parts to the whole;
  • Photographs and animated clips help better describe the real situation.

Limit the use of graphic or animation on each slide.

Do not use bright graphic elements or noisy animation if they are not directly related to what you are demonstrating.

Limit the number of animation transitions that you use. Often, it is better to use one transition so that your audience will understand what to expect.



Either customary or SI metric units of measure may be used in the paper, but please use one or the other consistently, rather than a combination. A conversion factor table at the end of your paper should list the factors necessary to convert units used in your paper from one system of units to the other



If you use symbols, define them at the bottom of slide.



Album orientation.

Remember the time allotted for your presentation. The pace of your presentation should preferably be 1 slide per minute.

Your main points should be concisely presented on the slides. Do not use extended sentences.

Check you spelling and grammar.

Please have a look at examples (follow the links).