Accessibility is ensuring that all participants have equal access to all parts of the conference and its information, without the need to request accommodations or specialist equipment. By producing accessible presentations, we are able to reach a more diverse audience, such as those with disabilities or those who speak English as a second language and others who might not realise they benefit from these features.

How can I design my presentation in an accessible way?
  • Font: Try to use larger font sizes for body text such as 18 points, with titles/take-home-messages using a font size of 28 points or larger. Fonts should be sans serif or you can download (for free) the fonts designed with accessibility in mind (e.g., Atkinson Hyperlegible Font
  • Colour scheme: Try to use colour blind friendly palettes and include contrast between text and background (e.g., dark coloured text on a light – not white - background).
  • Images/graphics: Try to keep images/visuals simple, using simple colour palettes. Consider using alternative text for any visuals you include in your presentation, to help explain the image to screen readers.
  • Content: Avoid overcrowding or cramming slides and leave ample space on your slides.

How can I give my presentation in an accessible way?

  • Addressing the audience: When addressing the audience try to use inclusive language. For example, use “Hello everyone/fellow scientists” instead of “ladies and gents”.
  • Verbal: Speak at a good pace and succinctly where possible, and add pauses at the end of a slide or an important/technical point.
  • Visual: When presenting, where possible have your camera on if you are comfortable with this and make sure there is sufficient contrast in the lighting in your room so people can see your lips as you speak.