Rules & guidelines

  • Organisers will allocate accepted proposals into a programme, and give each presentation a 15-minute time slot.
  • Each presentation consists of no more than 6 tweets. Each tweet should have the official hashtag #brainTC, and be numbered (see example presentation below).
  • Tweets can contain pictures and even links to sources or papers, but the presentation should be understandable by reading just the tweets.
  • The audience can comment and ask questions from the presenter using the official hashtag. The main discussion should happen before the next presentation begins. However, discussions may continue even after the conference.
  • After the conference, abstracts and presentations (the six numbered tweets) will be collected into a proceedings.

Example presentation

The general guideline for the six-tweet presentation is to have an introductory tweet, then four substance tweets and finally a concluding tweet. Each presentation will begin be introduced by an announcement tweet from the organizers @abc_aalto. Despite the strict character limits, please aim for clear and good scientific-quality presentations.

The example presentation shows some ways of presenting  information in tweets; it is not an example of the recommended type of content.

First, the announcement tweet from @abc_aalto:

Then, the presentation. Each tweet should be a response to the announcement tweet to form a thread:

Finally, a concluding tweet:


  • Use TweetDeck etc. so that you can follow multiple streams simultaneously. As a presenter, you might want to make a column for notifications and another for the conference hashtag.
  • You should draft the six tweets of your presentation beforehand, so they are ready to be sent when your slot opens (and be able to check that they meet the Twitter character limit, images have uploaded etc.)
  • You can pace your six tweets of your presentation to be slightly apart, to give people time to read and understand them, rather than sending them all at once in the beginning of your time slot.
  • The presenter “chairs” the discussion during their time slot, by choosing which comments and questions they answer.
  • Just like at regular conferences, be prepared for asking and answering questions. If your presentation is about a study that has been published elsewhere, it is a good idea to include a link to the publication in the presentation (a link in a tweet takes up only 23 characters).

What if I don’t have a Twitter account?

Don’t worry, it’s easy to make one and get started with Twitter. Here are some links with useful tips.

Getting started with Twitter

Getting started with TweetDeck