Speaker guidelines

These guidelines are for people who are speaking at the IFBF 2021 virtual conference. If you have any questions, please contact us.


You are responsible for ensuring that you have the rights to the content of your presentation and associated materials, and that you have not infringed the rights of others. You agree that you have the consent of any co-authors.


Presentations are an ideal way to promote your research, services and products. Your presentation should encourage delegates to contact you and exchange ideas.

Your presentation should be lively, informative and cover scientific, technical, financial, or commercial aspects of flow batteries. Although we are interested to learn about your company’s or institution’s plans and commercial ambitions, your presentation should not be used to solely advertise or promote your company.

Using the virtual conference platform other delegates will be able ask questions during your talk, comment on your work, or contact you throughout the conference. We will publish your slides and a recording of your talk after the conference, unless you tell us otherwise.

Presentations will be grouped into themes. Each themed session will be moderated by a chair. The chair will introduce you by name, your institution and the topic of your work. The typical length of a live talk is 15 minutes which includes time for your presentation followed by questions moderated by the chair.


This is a conference about flow batteries, and not about climate change or renewable energy. Please do not excessive time talking about these topics, or the general background of the power system, unless this is specifically relevant to your work.

The conference language is English, but the IFBF is international and English is not the first language of most speakers and delegates. We ask native English speakers to be considerate in their choice of words and aim to be easily understood. If English is not your native language and you would like to rehearse your presentation with an English speaker, please contact us.


Presentations will be streamed using our virtual conference platform. We aim to live-stream as many presentations as possible, but we ask all presenters to record a video of their presentation in advance in case of technical issues on the day. Videos should be recorded as mp4 files with a maximum resolution of 720p. We suggest using Zoom as it is easy to create a free Zoom call and record yourself next to your slides.

If you are using slides the preferred format is Microsoft PowerPoint. Speakers wishing to use other formats should contact us in advance to ensure compatibility. 16:9 ratio is preferred, but 4:3 may be used. We advise no more than one slide per minute.


Your presentation must be submitted on or before 6 January 2021. Please upload your slides via Oxford Abstracts.

If it is small enough, please email your video to info@flowbatteryforum.com. If not, please use a file transfer service such as Dropbox or WeTransfer.

Please send us your presentation as soon as possible to allow us time to prepare the conference materials.


All presentations will be reviewed. If time permits, we will contact you regarding any changes or clarifications.


We strongly encourage speakers to submit a two page conference paper to promote their work. Extra details may be included in your conference paper, allowing you to talk about the topics of most interest. Papers provide a record of each year’s conference and will be published in the IFBF Conference Book of Papers. Paper guidelines are available here.

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