JBJC Datablitz guidelines:

The purpose of the datablitz is to allow students and junior researchers to present a small piece of their work to the JBJC audience.  The main benefit is that students gain experience with presentations and have a forum to introduce themselves to the larger audience of JBJC members.  It is not intended as a substitute for a full presentation, but rather a brief snippet of research and as an introduction.

The Rules: 

The presentation will be strictly timed (usually 5 minutes, depending on the overall day’s schedule), so please plan accordingly.  That is time enough to explain 2 or 3 complicated graphs or illustrations, but not much more.

The best datablitz talks present either a general overview of a research program or the results of a single experiment.  It is extremely difficult to present a whole series of experimental results in this short time.

Some Tips:

1)  Introduce yourself, your laboratory and a concise statement of your overall research interest and context.

2)  Choose the single most interesting result and focus on that one question.  If it’s easy to explain, you might have time to also include a second related result.  DO NOT TRY TO PRESENT YOUR ENTIRE PROJECT.

3)  Practice!  300 seconds is a short time, but can be well used if you are organized.

4)  Use graphics and data as much as possible and try to avoid too much text.  Graphics should be self-explanatory and well-labelled (in a readable font).

5)  Speak and present at a normal pace.

6)  Remember that you will be presenting in a crowd of talks.  The audience will remember the simplest, clearest ones and be overwhelmed by talks with a complicated logic or a big set of experiments.  Try to stand out with clarity and simplicity.

Great examples of short talks may be viewed here:

These talks range from 6-8 minutes, but if you watch the timer you’ll see that many could be stopped at 5 minutes or easily cut back to that length.  Notice how simple and self-explanatory all the graphics are in these slides.  Don’t try to circumvent the time limit by increasing the content per slide, reduce and simplify the content instead.


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