Info for presenters

The 2018 Manchester Forum in Linguistics will be held in the Ellen Wilkinson Building’s Graduate Centre at the University of Manchester on Oxford Road (see here for directions).


Talks will take place in either the Conference Room (C1.18) or Seminar Room 1 (CG.59).

With the exception of plenary speakers, who have each been allocated a one hour slot, speakers will have a total of 30 minutes: 20 or 25 minutes for the talk itself and 10 or 5 minutes for questions, this being the speaker’s choice.

The links below give tips on how to deliver a good academic oral presentation:

Tips for slides:


There is a dedicated poster presentation session at mFiL where presenters will be expected to stand by their posters and talk to other conference attendees to explain their work and take any questions people might have.

All posters will be on display for the duration of the conference in the atrium of the conference venue, where lunch and coffee will also be served. At the beginning of the poster session you will be able to give a quick 30 to 60 seconds bite-sized summary of your poster if you wish so.

One place we recommend for printing your poster is MuPrint on Higher Cambridge Street (a 10-to-15-minute walk from the conference venue; you’ll be glad to know that on-the-day printing is available!).

Presenters will be allocated a board on which to display their posters which should be able to accommodate posters of up to A0 size (see this guide) in either a landscape or portrait orientation. Presenters will be provided with the means to affix their posters to their boards. You may also want to bring an accompanying handout that people may take away with them (though this is by no means mandatory).

The following are links with some guidelines on how to produces an effective poster:

And some example posters (including one presented at the mFiL in November 2015):