AUA Summit - Podium Sessions FAQs


Podium Sessions FAQs

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I submitted an abstract, but never received a response. How do I know if my abstract was accepted for a podium presentation?

Email notifications are sent, on January 4, 2019, to the individual who submitted the abstract. That individual is responsible for informing the rest of the author group as to the status of the abstract's acceptance. If you have not received a response, please have the individual who submitted the abstract check the email inbox from the address in which the abstract was submitted. If there is no notification to be found, please contact with your abstract submission #.

How do I know my abstract number?

During the abstract process you will likely receive two different numbers. One upon submission of your abstract and a new number if your abstract has been selected for publication/presentation. You will want to reference the second number (the one you receive after acceptance and can be found in the Conference Harvester) as that will be your abstract's identifier in publication; also referred to as your publication number. Example: PD12-02. An email with the login information for the Conference Harvester will be sent to the presenting author in late March of 2019. If you are unable to locate this number after accessing the Conference Harvester, please email

Can I add an author to my abstract?

The AUA will accept the addition of an author until Friday, February 1, 2019. To do so, you must send an email to, including the full name, institution, city/state/country and email address of the author to be added, as well as noting whether this author has any disclosures to note in regards to the abstract.

Can I make changes to my abstract, such as changing the title?

No. There can be NO changes to the abstracts after they have been reviewed and selected for presentation.

What if I discover a typo or some of the data used in my initial abstract has changed since the time of submission?

No aspect of the abstract can be changed after the submission deadline of November 1, 2018. If the data or methods have changed since the time of submission, please feel free to use your slide presentation to highlight these changes/updates.

I need to withdraw my abstract. What do I do?

To withdraw an abstract, please submit an email request to Be sure to cc all co-authors in the communication, as all must be aware of and in agreement with the withdraw request. *Note: any withdraw request that does not include ALL the abstract authors in the "cc" section of the email will not be processed.

The email request must present the following information within the body of the email.

Abstract #:
Reason for withdraw:

**Removal of a withdrawn abstract from publication cannot be guaranteed if the request is received after Friday, February 1, 2019.


My abstract was scheduled for a date of which I’m unable to attend the meeting. Can I request my presentation be changed to another session/day?

Unfortunately, no. The abstract schedule is final upon release and no changes can be made to accommodate travel schedules. If you are unable to attend, please ask a coauthor (listed on the abstract) to present the abstract in your place. If none of the abstract’s listed authors are able to present, the abstract will need to be withdrawn.

Two of my abstracts were scheduled for different sessions that take place at the same time. Can I have one of my presentations moved to a different session/date?

Again, unfortunately, no. The abstract schedule is final upon release and no changes can be made to accommodate overlap of multiple abstracts by a presenting author. In this instance we encourage you to select one abstract for presentation and request a coauthor step in to present the other. If this option is not available, you are free to speak with the moderators prior to the start of the session and request that your presentation be moved to a different time within its scheduled session so that it might afford you the opportunity to still present both.

Do I need to print a poster for a podium session?

No. Podium sessions consist of an oral presentation given by PowerPoint slides only.

Why do I need to submit my presentation in advance?

The AUA requests advance submissions as a way to ensure the deliverance of Annual Meeting presentations against unforeseen circumstances.

Is there a minimum/maximum number of slides allowed for a podium presentation? Should I include a disclosure slide?

There is no slide limit for a podium presentation, so long as the presentation fits within the allotted time.

Though the disclosure information is available in the AUA2019 Meeting Program Book and online at, we do encourage you to include a disclosure slide at the beginning of your presentation.

Is there a slide template for AUA2018? Am I required to use it?

The AUA does provide slide templates for AUA2019. While the AUA does encourage you to use the slide template, as the consistency in background style makes the viewing of multiple abstracts within a session easier on the audience’s eyes, you are not required to use the template if you prefer to use your own. Please visit "Marketing Your Session" for further suggestions.

For the poster presentation session rooms, it is advised that you select the "Light Background" slide template.

Where do I upload my slides?

The presenting author will receive an email in late March of 2019 with the login information for where/how to upload presentation slides. If you are uploading the slide presentation on behalf of the presenting author, please have that individual send you their login information.

If you request a presenting author change after the presentation slides have already been uploaded to the original presenting author's account, please inform at the time of your request.

Can I just take my slides to the session room?

No. All presentations for podium sessions are pushed from the Conference Harvester in the Speaker Ready Room. The audio technician in the room will not have the time/ability to upload individual speaker presentations from a thumb drive or laptop.

Will I be able to update my slides after I upload them?

Yes. Slide presentations can be updated/replaced via the online submission site or onsite by visiting the Speaker Ready Room in Chicago. If your session is scheduled prior to the opening of the Speaker Ready Room, or if your travel arrangements will not allow you to visit the Speaker Ready Room in advance of your presentation, please email for assistance.

Can I use Prezi instead of a PowerPoint presentation?

Unfortunately, the AUA Annual Meeting is not currently configured to support presentations through Prezi. Presentations must be via PowerPoint or other non-internet based slide presentation system.

What if my presentation was created on a Mac? Can I present the slides from my laptop?

No. Slides cannot be presented directly from a laptop. The Speaker Ready Room does have a select number of Mac computers for use and the presentation system accepts files from Macs. However, it is imperative that Mac users visit the Speaker Ready Room in order to review their presentation (especially if videos are included) to assure that there are no issues with the presentation flow.


Why must I visit the Speaker Ready Room 24-hours in advance of my presentation?

Speaker Ready Room computers are configured with the hardware and software used in the meeting rooms. The Speaker Ready Room provides speakers with the opportunity to make updates to their presentations, and be certain all slides and videos are being displayed as expected. The volume of traffic in the Speaker Ready Room can be quite heavy at peak times, preparing to visit the day before your session protects against unexpected delays.

What if I am unable to visit the Speaker Ready Room 24-hours in advance of my presentation?

Due to travel constraints, some speakers may be unable to visit the Speaker Ready Room the day prior to their presentation. In this case, you may visit the Speaker Ready Room on the day of presentation. However, we strongly advise that you plan to do so at least 3-4 hours prior to your session start time. If you are still concerned you will not be able to visit the Speaker Ready Room within this time frame, please contact prior to the start of the Annual Meeting for assistance.

I was to be the presenting author on an abstract, but I am no longer able to attend the meeting. What do I do?

If a presenter is unable to attend the meeting, one of the abstract's listed co-authors may present instead. Please contact for assistance in making this update.

Does the presenting author have to be a co-author on the abstract?

Yes. Only an author listed on the abstract is allowed to present the abstract at the AUA Annual Meeting.

None of the abstract's authors are able to attend the meeting to present. Can a colleague present in our place?

No. Only authors listed on the abstract are allowed to present the abstract at the AUA Annual Meeting. If none of the co-authors are able to present, the abstract must be withdrawn. (To withdraw, please submit an email request to Be sure to cc all co-authors in the communication, as all must be aware of and in agreement with the withdraw request).