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Guidelines for speakers

Speaker Guidelines

Please take a look at the following guidelines. We would be grateful if all speakers could comply with the following suggestions as far as possible to ensure a more rewarding experience for both speakers and delegates.

The time allotted for each speaker is 30 minutes: 20 minutes for the presentation and then 10 minutes for questions and answers. Within the 10 minutes discussion time delegates will also have the opportunity to switch between parallel sessions. You're asked to stick to the 20-minute time limit for presentation in order to ensure that all sessions run in parallel and to schedule and to facilitate adequate discussion following your paper. Going overtime is one of the most common mistakes that people make when they first give a paper, so it's a good idea to rehearse your presentation a few times beforehand - time passes much more quickly than you think when you're talking.


You're requested to present your paper (i.e. talk the audience through it), rather than reading it from a prepared script. This makes for a much livelier and more dynamic presentation, and it's generally easier for an audience to follow you when you speak than when you read. You should also speak loudly, slowly and clearly enough so that everyone can hear and understand you.

Audio-visual equipment

All rooms have a dedicated PC, WiFi Connection, a data projector and laptop connectivity.


The following web pages have some good information on giving presentations:

The following books also have some good advice on giving presentations:

  • Davis, Martha. (1997) Scientific Papers and Presentations . San Diego / London : Academic Press.
  • Kirkman, John. (1997) Guidelines for Giving Effective Presentations: Tactics and Techniques for talking to Large or Small Groups . Marlborough : Ramsbury Books.
  • Siddons, Suzy. (1998) Presentation Skills . London : Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.