Instructions for Invited Speakers and Selected Oral Presenters

All speakers will be presenting live, in-person at the congress venue. Sessions will also be streamed via the virtual platform for remote virtual delegates and on-demand viewing. Questions will come from the in-person audience as well as via the platform and app. More information about this will be provided nearer the time. Our FAQ page also has lots of useful information.

Please note that as a scientific congress, we look forward to your presentations making specific reference to the evidence used to support your topic. This must include at least one slide that affords delegates the opportunity to see the references that you considered in your work. In addition, an important outcome of the congress is the ability for delegates to apply the information you present in their local settings. Accordingly, we ask that your presentation specifically address any barriers to implementation that you experienced or that you foresee. In addition to being reflective of best practice, these elements are a requirement of our educational accreditation and is subject to external review/approval.

Evidenced-based Approach

Speakers must supply best evidence for their assertions. 

Barriers to Change

Educational design includes discussion of commonly encountered barriers to practice change. If the topic is non-clinical, this does not apply. 

Conflict of Interest Disclosure

In compliance with CME requirements all speakers and oral presenters have been requested to complete a Conflict of interest form during the abstract submission process, there are instructions for how to complete it. Please ensure that the first slide in your presentation is the Conflict of Interest disclosure slide. Click HERE for template slide.

  1. At the event all speakers must disclose verbally and using a slide at the beginning of the presentation. Examples of relationships that should be disclosed include, but are not limited to:

• Any direct financial payments including receipt of honoraria;
• Membership on the advisory board or speakers’ bureaus;
• Funded grants or clinical trials;
• Patents on a drug, product or device;
• All other investments or relationships which could be seen by a reasonable, well-informed participant as having the potential to influence the content of the educational activity.

  1. If the speaker has no involvement with any for-profit or not-for-profit organization, he/she should inform the audience that he/she has nothing to disclose, i.e., cannot identify any potential conflict of interest. It is the sole responsibility of the individual speaker to make such disclosure to the audience at the time of the presentation

Use of Copyright Protected Material

 Speakers in Dalhousie CPD- accredited programs are required to abide by the Dalhousie University’s policy on the use of copyright protected material. Please see the Fair Dealing Guidelines available at: 

In summary, you may not distribute to course participants, in hardcopy or electronically, any copyright protected material unless you have obtained explicit permission to do so from the copyright holder. It is the speaker's responsibility to obtain and document any such permission.

Slides used in live presentations may include appropriately referenced copyright protected material (i.e., diagrams, drawings, photographs) without explicit permission from the copyright holder. However, such material (including cartoons, quotations, etc.) may not be included in any material posted online without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. NOTE: Industry slides are not permitted nor is the use of colours/images that emulate those of industry.

Publication Consent Form

During registration, participating speakers, presenters and moderators will have been asked to confirm consent for their presentations to be accessible to all registered participants via the virtual platform, for up to 3 months after the congress, and on the WMS website for society members to access thereafter.

If this consent was not recorded from you at point of registration, we will be in touch in due course to request the information, so please do complete the form when received by email. 

How to Prepare your Presentation

Your presentation should be prepared in .PPT or .PPTX format.

We kindly request that you include the WMS 2022 Congress template title slide with your name and title of your lecture at the start of your presentation, followed by the conflict of interest disclosure slide. The disclosure slide must be shown for a minumim of 10 seconds.

Speaker Preparation Room

There will be a Speaker Preparation Room in Room 508, where you can take some time to finish your preparations or enjoy few quiet moments before going on stage.


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