Data Blitz Information

What is a Data Blitz Presentation?

A data blitz is a quick, concise presentation of research findings. Here, it will be 5 slides (and this includes your title slide!) presented in 5 minutes with 1 audience question. The purpose of a data blitz is to articulate your findings in a quick, insightful and clear manner. These concise and efficient talks are intended to grab the attention of the audience, convey key information, and allow for several presenters to share their ideas in a brief period of time. We want to hear about your latest, greatest, cutting-edge findings. Sample data blitz presentations here and here.

Tips for a Great Data Blitz Presentation

  1. This is a quick presentation, so plan to highlight 1-2 key findings from your work. Data blitz presentations are about conveying the key message or the “sound bite” you want your audience to walk away in a short time.
  2. Include only the essential information—that is, the information your audience needs to understand your key finding(s). You are not there to provide the detail required for them to reproduce your work, you're there to inspire them to search out your work and get excited about your findings.
  3. Use large images and as little text as possible. Don't crowd and confuse with unnecessary information. The goal is not to cram information from a 20-minute presentation into 5 slides.
  4. Practice, practice, practice! This is true of any presentation, but 5 minutes is a really short time when presenting so you want to have it timed out perfectly (we WILL cut you off at 5 minutes). But, this is very important: make sure you go slow and steady and reduce the amount you say rather than rushing to try and cram more in.

Poster Information

Posters may be any shape and must not exceed the following maximum dimensions:

Width:  3’ 2” (96.5cm)
Height: 3’ 2” (96.5cm)

You may choose to use smaller dimensions but the maximums may not be exceeded. Please respect the maximum allowable dimensions to ensure that every presenter has adequate space for their poster. Posters that exceed the maximum allowable dimensions and infringe on the space of others may be removed.

Posters will be secured to the poster boards with velcro. Supplies will be provided on site.


  • Focus your message. What do you want the reader to know in a short amount of time?
  • Where possible, use images to convey your ideas, rather than words.
  • Use bullets and short phrases rather than long text, where possible.
  • Words and figures should be easy to read from 4 – 6 feet away. We suggest a minimum font size of 18pt for text and 30pt for headings. Larger is better. Use fonts that are clear and easy to read.
  • Choose colours that are visually appealing and offer appropriate contrast. Limit the number of different colours you use to ensure a consistent and clean layout.
  • Avoid blurry images. Ensure figures are of adequately high resolution.
  • Provide visual cues that guide the reader through your poster in the intended order.
  • Remain near your poster at all times, without blocking it.
  • Prepare a 1 minute (maximum!) “elevator pitch” – a verbal summary – of your work. What would you tell someone about your study in an elevator if you only had a few moments before they got off at the top floor?