Dear PowerAfrica 2020 Author,

On behalf of the PowerAfrica 2020 Technical Program Committee, we congratulate you for writing a great paper, peer-reviewed and accepted for presentation at the IEEE PES/IAS PowerAfrica 2020 Virtual Conference to be held online on August 25-28, 2020. Only papers presented during the Conference will be eligible for upload into the IEEE Xplore digital library. By agreeing to provide your presentation material and registering for the conference, your work will be published and searchable in the IEEE Xplore digital library.

Given the virtual format of the conference, your Paper Presentation needs to be pre-recorded. Depending on your speech, it can be a video of yourself speaking to the audience, or a Voice over Powerpoint. Details on how to record your presentations are listed below.

Speech/presentation length:
Paper presentation: 13 minutes (15 minutes maximum)

It would be greatly appreciated if you could upload UPLOAD YOUR PRESENTATION NO LATER THAN AUGUST 8th, 2020. A link will be provided shortly. For any question(s), do not hesitate to contact the Technical Program Committee at

We highly encourage you to include an audio/video presentation of your work both to allow you the opportunity to explain your work and get more exposure to the audience, as well as making the conference more informative, valuable and engaging for the attendees. Your presentation material will only be made available to conference attendees (i.e. those who have registered for the virtual conference) for a limited period of time, beginning 25th August 2020.

Please use the powerpoint template below to prepare your presentation for the conference


Best Regards,
Kennedy Aganah, Ph.D, Senior Member IEEE
Chair, Technical Program Committee of IEEE PES/IAS PowerAfrica 2020 Conference

Preparing and Recording Your Virtual Presentation

There are several video conferencing tools available to easily record a presentation.  In this method, you can show your face via webcam (if you’d like) and display your slides as you talk. You can use any meeting software as long as you get a good quality recording and your final file is in the MP4 format. Here are some links to instructions on recording a meeting on common platforms:

You can also use the two step method covered below:

Only as a last resort, if none of the above are available to you, we will accept the original ppt or pdf format without audio or video.

Audio/Video File requirements:

  • All files must be in MP4 Format
  • Less than or equal to 1mbps bitrate: To check the bit rate, right click on the file name, click on properties, go to the details tab, and look for total bitrate.
  • Resolution = maximum 720p HD
  • Presentation lengths:
    • Plenary presentations not to exceed 40 mins
    • Oral Technical Paper presentations not to exceed 15 mins
    • Exhibitor presentations not to exceed 5 mins
    • Tutorials should be between 60 and 90 mins
  • Please use the following naming convention: SID.pptx, SID.pdf, SID.mp4, where SID is your session ID, the code that was entered in front of your paper/poster title in the program. eg.
    • Technical Paper Oral Presentations use [Paper No]-Author Name-Author Paper Title refer to the list of accepted papers list of accepted papers here for the program ID to use for your filename.
    • Plenary, Keynote and Tutorial Presentations use Speaker Name-Topic
    • Sponsor Presentations use Company Name-Title

Tips for recording:

  1. Use as quiet an area as possible
  2. Avoid areas that have echo
    1. Rooms should be fairly small
    2. Sound dampening with carpeting, curtains, furniture
  3. Hardline internet connection recommended, but if unavailable, a strong Wi-Fi connection
  4. Good headset with microphone close to mouth BUT away from direct line of mouth to reduce “pops”. Avoid using default built-in microphone on computer.
  5. Do a test recording of a couple of minutes and review the sound and picture quality, MP4 format, and bit rate before recording the entire presentation. Make adjustments if needed.

Uploading Your Virtual Presentation

After you have prepared your MP4 video file, instructions on how to upload your presentation will be provided to you as we get closer to the conference start date. If you have any questions about the video preparation process, please email us at

Standards and Templates (for PPT, PPTX, and PDF):

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