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Annual Meeting Presenter Information

Welcome to the ISTSS Annual Meeting Presenter Information page, an informational resource for annual meeting presenters. This page will be updated as news is received, so check back periodically.

If you were ACCEPTED to present at the ISTSS conference, please read this relevant information.


Audiovisual Requests

        September 12, 2019

Withdraw Deadline

        September 12, 2019

Change Deadline

        September 12, 2019

Hotel Reservation Rate Guarantee

        October  5, 2019

POSTER GUIDELINES - Click here to download the revised poster tips and guidelines


Please review your planned presentation with all co-presenters to ensure that any exercises or material that may be distressing to participants have been identified. (Examples of content that would have high potential for distress includes: graphically violent or grotesque photo or video images, exercises asking participants to self-disclose personal information, exercises asking participants to focus on their own distress or past upsetting events.) If this is the case, describe in one sentence the content or activities that may be distressing so that participants are informed in advance. This sentence will be published in printed program materials. Submit this information to Michael Hagedorn at, and identify the presentation to which you are referring by abstract number.

*If the distressing comment was submitted during the abstract submission process, there is no need to repeat this step.


ISTSS will be using the widescreen HD PowerPoint format for the presentations at the meeting.  You will need to convert existing slides to this format.  
Download the Widescreen HD PowerPoint Instructions.


Speakers are required to include this standard disclosure slide content in their visual presentations.


Amedco, in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), and the American Medical Association (AMA) policies on assuring the independence of CME activities, requires all presenters to attest that:

  1. All the recommendations involving clinical medicine in a CME activity are based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients.
  2. All scientific research referred to, reported or used in a CME activity in support or justification of a patient care recommendation conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.
  3. Research findings and therapeutic recommendations are based on scientifically accurate, up-to-date information and are presented in a balanced, objective manner.
  4. The Commercial Support Standards require that your presentation be free of commercial bias and that any information regarding commercial products/services be based on scientific methods generally accepted by the medical community. Presentations must give a balanced view of therapeutic options. When discussing therapeutic options, it is our preference that you use only generic names. If it is necessary to use a trade name, then those of several companies where available must be used. Also, if any unlabeled or investigational uses of commercial products are discussed, we ask that you disclose this information to the meeting participants.

If any materials have been borrowed from copyrighted sources, such as a journal or other publication, you need to obtain proper authorization from the copyrights owner(s) prior to their use. Your contributions should contain no material the dissemination of which violates any copyright or other intellectual property, personal or other right of any person or entity.

In addition, CME requires that some time is allotted for Questions and Answers or audience discussion.


All persons associated with the educational content of the meeting must complete disclosures. This link has been sent via email to all associated authors, chairpersons, and discussants.

All presentations must be screened for potential conflicts of interest. A conflict of interest exists when the presenter has reported a financial relationship with a commercial interest and has the opportunity to affect the CME content about products or services of that commercial interest. If you or your co-presenters did not report any relationships with a commercial interest, you do not need to be concerned about this issue.

The process of screening for conflicts of interest has not yet occurred. If our committee identifies a potential conflict of interest, we will contact you for clarification and discussion regarding how to resolve the conflict. Assuming the conflict can be resolved, your presentation would proceed as scheduled.


As chair of this presentation, notify your co-presenters traveling from outside of the United States that ISTSS headquarters can issue a letter of invitation for VISA applications or other travel regulations if necessary.

The presenter must send a request with their legal name, affiliation, session chair name or session title, abstract number and presentation type (poster, workshop, etc.) to Michael Hagedorn at This information will assist in verifying involvement in a presentation.


Registration opens June 21

All presenters must be registered and have paid in full for the ISTSS 35th Annual Meeting.  If you are only attending for the day of your presentation you need to complete a one day registration.


Deadline: October 21, 2019

Note the deadline date for hotel reservations is October 21, 2019, subject to availability. Hotel reservations made after that date cannot be guaranteed at the lower ISTSS room rate.


Attendees at sessions appreciate receiving copies of slides and other materials; therefore, you are encouraged to bring handouts. If you plan to provide handouts to attendee’s onsite, you can ship them directly to the meeting hotel to your attention if you have an existing reservation. You are responsible for any copying and shipping costs incurred. Have materials sent in care of your name.

Boston Marriott Copley Place

110 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116 USA
Toll Free Reservations: +1-877-901-2079
General Guest Phone: +1-617-236-5800

There is also a business center at the hotel if you prefer to photocopy your handouts when you arrive. The copying charges will be at your own expense. Send materials in care of your own name.


Presentations may be recorded. You must notify ISTSS headquarters in writing that you do not wish to be recorded. Please remember to speak clearly and repeat questions asked by the audience to improve the quality. Note: media presentations are NOT recorded.


Disclosures will be collected upon submission acceptance in July 2018. Presenters will need to provide disclosure information and will receive a notification to complete a separate electronic form for Disclosure and Presenter Agreements.


This document will be available on the podiums at the meeting.

Download the guidelines for session chairs

Download the audiovisual laptop loading process


Thursday Poster Session 1

Poster Set-up: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Poster Display: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Poster Presentation: 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Poster Dismantle: 2:45 p.m.

Thursday Poster Session 2
Poster Set-up: 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Poster Display: 3:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Poster Presentation: 5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Poster Dismantle: 7:00 p.m.

Friday Poster Session 3
Poster Set-up: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Poster Display: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Poster Presentation: 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Poster Dismantle: 2:45 p.m.
Friday Poster Session 4
Poster Set-up: 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Poster Display: 3:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Poster Presentation: 5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Poster Dismantle: 7:00 p.m.


There is a form that can be displayed on the poster board to collect contact information of those interested in obtaining copies of poster handouts.

Download the poster reprint request form


Prior to June 30, 2019

ISTSS headquarters will send acceptance notifications via email to the designated contact person only. Rejection letters will follow soon thereafter. Please do not contact headquarters to inquire about the status of your presentation before June 30. Thank you for your patience.


Deadline: September 12, 2019

Presentation changes, including speaker, title, and abstract changes, are subject to approval by the Program Committee. Changes must be submitted using the presentation change or withdraw form and returned to ISTSS headquarters. ISTSS cannot guarantee that changes submitted after the deadline will be included in the final program.

NOTE: There is a $50.00 change fee for each change form submitted. You may request multiple changes on the same form if they apply to the same abstract and be charged only one $50.00 change fee. Each additional change form submitted for the same abstract will incur separate, additional $50.00 change fees.

Download the presentation change or withdraw form


Deadline: September 12, 2019

If you choose to withdraw your presentation, complete the presentation change or withdraw form and return to ISTSS headquarters. The designated contact person must notify all co-presenters and co-authors about the presentation being withdrawn.

NOTE: A withdrawn presentation will not be reinstated.

Download the presentation change or withdraw form


Deadline: September 12, 2019

All audiovisual requests should have been submitted within the abstract submission system, however, if your needs have changed, you may use the request form below.

All presentation sessions will include the following audiovisual equipment: appropriate screen, lighted podium with microphone, head table and one table microphone. All meeting rooms will be equipped with one Windows 7 computer loaded with Office 2010 software (including PowerPoint), Windows Media Player and USB port. In addition, there will be an LCD projector. You will not be permitted to connect your own computer to the LCD projector. Bring your presentation on USB memory stick.

If alternative and/or additional audiovisual equipment are desired, complete the request form on the ISTSS website and return to ISTSS headquarters. Requests will be considered and you will be notified. Only one request form should be submitted on behalf of the above-mentioned presentation. If no response is received by the deadline, audiovisual requests cannot be guaranteed.

A speaker preparation room will be available with standard audiovisual equipment.

Download the audiovisual request form

Questions and all forms can be directed to:

Michael Hagedorn, ISTSS Program Director
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
One Parkview Plaza, Suite 800
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Office: +1-847-686-2234
Fax: +1-847-686-2251

Thank you for presenting at the ISTSS 35th Annual Meeting. For up-to-date conference information, continue to visit the website at