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Thank you for agreeing to present at Biomass 2008: Fueling Our Future. We are very excited about this event and your participation will help to make it a great success.

To ensure the conference runs smoothly, please adhere to the schedule below when submitting your biographies, abstract and presentation.


Planning Meeting/Conference call for you panel:  This will be scheduled by your panel chair approximately 3-4 weeks in advance of the Conference.



Bios:  March 31, 2008

Abstract:  March 31, 2008

Completed Presentations:  April 10, 2008



Two presenter bios are requested: one suitable for the moderator of your session to introduce you; and a second suitable to print in the Program Book.



  • Introduction biographies should be roughly 2-3 sentences.
  • Program Book biographies should be roughly one half-page in length.


  • All biographies should be submitted in MS Word format.


  • Biographies should be submitted to your session coordinator by Monday, March 31, 2008. 




  • Abstracts should be roughly 100 – 200 words in length.


  • Abstracts should be submitted in MS Word format.
  • Abstracts should briefly summarize the objective of your presentation and how it relates to the objectives of your conference session.   See attached agenda for the session to which you are assigned and objectives for that session. 


  • Abstracts should be submitted to your session coordinator by Monday, March 31, 2008. 




  • Presentations must fit within the time constraints of your session.  In most cases, this will be 15 minutes per presentation.  Additional time will be allotted for Q&A.


  • Presentations should be submitted in MS PowerPoint or Adobe PDF format.
  • Presentations should adhere to the objectives of the conference sessions in which they are being presented.
  • Company names and logos may be used on the cover slide and in footers or headers.  However, presentations may not be used solely to market a company, organization, or product.
  • Presentations that contain information not for public distribution should be marked as such.  Conference organizers plan to make all presentations available to attendees electronically unless otherwise notified by presenters.
  • Please bring a copy of your presentation on CD-Rom or a USB Key as a back-up.


  • Presentations should be submitted to your session coordinator by Thursday April 10, 2008. 



  • Plan a template.  If you need assistance, please contact us.
  • Suggested fonts are Times New Roman, Arial, and Tahoma. Use of fonts external to Windows can cause words to bleed into graphics.
  • Keep visuals CLEAR and SIMPLE. Abbreviate your message.
  • Use a minimum of words for text and title frames. Five to eight lines per frame and five to seven words per line are the maximum – less is better.
  • To ensure ease of reading, we recommend that you use a minimum font size of 20 pt.
    Format with landscape orientation.
  • Contrasting colors work best. Use light colored fonts on a dark colored background (most effective background colors - blue, turquoise, purple, magenta, etc.).
  • Highlight your main point or heading with a dominant color (example: yellow heading, white body copy).
  • Avoid intensely bright or saturated colors that compete with the text.
  • Keep color scheme consistent throughout your presentation. Changing colors and type styles can be confusing and distract from your message.
  • When building your presentation, make sure you include any external files utilized in the same folder as your presentation, i.e., video clips.
  • Consider adding a slide that gives definitions for any acronyms you use during your presentation, for those of our attendees who aren’t as fluent in certain areas.

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