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Using proprietary software to demonstrate work in conference

I am going to conduct a workshop on my research work and for that I need to show how it is done on the software. I want to know, Is it ok to display the proprietary software (through TeamViewer) ...
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Is it ethical/lawful to recolor/scale the logos?

Is it ethical/lawful to recolor/scale the logos when importing them to presentation slides to make the logos meet the template standards and fit the theme colors?
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Why do national laboratory presentations contain so much info per slide?

I've seen many, many examples of scientific presentations from the National Laboratories in which virtually every slide is oversaturated with information. If this were an isolated event, I wouldn't ...
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Present tense or past tense for presenting someone else's paper?

I am supposed to present the famous Gregor Mendel's 1865 genetics paper. So what tense I am supposed to present it in? Whether I must use present tense or past tense? A general advise regarding ...
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Should I accept an invitation to give a talk on dated work?

I'm a recent math PhD, working in Subject X. I had the good luck to give a counterexample to a conjecture in Subject Y, using ideas from X. I don't know much about Y -- in fact I learned the ...
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Will my accepted paper appear in conference proceeding without presentation?

Will generally accepted papers appear in conferences proceeding without presentation? In particular my paper is accepted for this conference. In the conference web site they pointed out: "Accepted and ...
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Is there added value in having your own presentation layout and using it consistently?

From the perspective of a Ph.D. student, how much of an added value is it to have your own presentation slides layout, that is used consistently throughout your Ph.D. conference presentations and ...
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Things to focus on in a model lesson

A model lesson is a usual element in interviews for the faculty level positions. Normally this is not a full lesson but a 15-minute version which is performed in absence of actual students for just a ...
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How can I make my research sound exciting?

I really enjoyed my research but it happens that whenever I tell somebody about it, I have the impression I'm making it sound boring, unimportant and not exciting. Americans have a way of telling a ...
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Should a phd student try present a review paper in a conference?

I am a PhD student and I am doing a literature review for my dissertation. Despite the fact that I am working on the topic, I am not an expert; but I have enough information because of my previous ...
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How to present a review paper at a conference?

I sent an abstract of a review paper for oral presentation to a conference, and it was accepted. The presentation will be about the most important developments and contributions made in the last ...
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How to engage in discussion after a presentation on an unfamiliar topic?

Sometimes I am in a conference presentation or seminar which there are only a handful of audiences, and after the presentation the atmosphere simply urges the audiences to ask questions or the ...
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Should I list talks I invited myself to give on my CV?

I'm traveling a lot this summer, and I invited myself to visit and give talks at a couple of universities in other countries. Do I list these talks on my CV? If so, under what heading? They're not ...
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How many times can you present the same material at different conferences before it becomes stale?

I just finished my PhD in Mathematics and am in between my PhD and postdoc positions. I was very fortunate to have the ability to present my research to seminars and conferences over the last couple ...
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Signed up for conference, having second thoughts

My advisor suggested that I should sign up for a conference, which I did - I now have to give a 15 minute talk. However, the conference is taking place very far from me (+20 hour flight), and I am ...
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Which topics to include in a teaching presentation?

I have been shortlisted for a lectureship position. The committee has asked me to present a 10 minutes (!) lecture on teaching game development topics to undergrads. My teaching experience amounts to ...
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Talking about other projects in a job talk

I have seen plenty of job talks, but whenever the speaker talks about a list of topics that they are "not going to talk about today", I often get distracted and even a little bit annoyed. It dilutes ...
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How to submit a talk to a conference – Starting with replying to a Call for Presentations

I have received a Call for Presentations for a conference and I have a topic that could be interesting to present. The Call for Presentations describe the various forms of presentations that one can ...
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Are religious invocations in academic presentations appropriate?

One thing that I have noted come up a few times in presentations in the US in the last few years has been that some speakers—usually graduate students and postdocs, rather than more established career ...
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How can you get to do a Short Oral Presentation at the International Congress of Mathematicians?

I am wondering, how hard or competitive is it to obtain a slot for short oral presentation(20-minute talk) at the International Congress of Mathematicians? Generally, how many slots are allotted for ...
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What is the purpose of chairmen at conferences?

I often struggle when explaining people not familiar with academics or new to academics the concept of a chairmen at conferences or talks. At some point I have to say that this is somehow an academic ...
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How to do a flawless and natural presentation?

I have been attending a number of academic / professional conferences recently and one thing that really awed me was the flawless and natural way in which the speakers presented on their topics. ...
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Good slide design for teaching?

When I am preparing slides for a course (as I have been today, weekend be damned), aside from questions of pacing and exposition, I often find myself asking various questions about the layout of ...
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Useful strategies for answering “dumb” questions in a talk?

It has often been said that there is no such thing as a dumb question. And yet - perhaps due only to inattention, lack of sleep, or hunger - otherwise brilliant people sometimes manage to ask some ...
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How do I 'read the room' and adjust my pace while lecturing?

I am a PhD student. I've never taught a lecture-style course before. I just filled in for my advisor at the last minute, giving a lecture in an undergrad course. I taught from the lecture slides that ...
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How to phrase the title in a presentation at an academic interview?

When delivering a presentation at an academic interview, what are some keywords which should be included in the title of the presentation? Should the title be in the first person? What are some good ...
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What is the difference between a plenary and a keynote talk?

I am organizing a workshop and have invited a featured speaker to give a synthetic talk. What is the appropriate term for this role?
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GNU Free Documentation License

I want to use this picture for one of my presentations. Do I have to mention the author there, and if yes, how do I mention him? It will be my first talk in English, so I don't really know how to ...
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Presentation Rules (e.g. 7x7 in Undergrad Communications Courses): are they supported by evidence?

I taught a Business Communications course that brashly asserted that good presentations follow the 7x7 rule (max 7 lines of text per slide, max 7 words per line). I also "learned" this in my ...
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Inspiration for great presentations

I enjoy creating presentations a lot and I think I have an eye for nice design, however, I tend to always have the same layout/colour scheme/etc. and I'd like to try something new for my defence. So ...
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How do I write a good abstract?

So, I'm sitting here, rewriting the abstract of a paper I hope to submit shortly. The abstract I had was old and not very good. I have on good authority that an abstract is an important part of a ...
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Number of slides for 45 minute defense presentation

I have 100 slides but most are light weight with pictures. I am afraid it is too much because I can't get it under 1 hour in my rehearsal. I have noted that some slides take me more time to explain. ...
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Presenting a paper at a conference/seminar that is currently under review by a journal

Do you think it is against the academic code of conduct to present a paper at a conference or a departmental seminar that has already been submitted to a journal for publication?
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Saying “good question” during a seminar talk

During seminars and talks, some presenters hear a question and compliment it by saying "Good question." Could this possibly offend the asker? Could this be viewed as a tactic to pretend being unfazed ...
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Can a paper be presented by two presenters in a conference

I am a beginner in research papers and doesn't know much about registration and presenting. Can two authors register for the same conference and present the paper (together)?
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Should I list talks on my CV given by co-authors?

On my CV, I have a few talks listed where I was not the presenting author (though I am a co-author on the work). I have left them on my CV because as a graduate student, my CV is pretty slim. However ...
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Conducting a training seminar without projector

What is the best way to conduct a training seminar inside a computer laboratory without a projector? Is there an existing software program that could achieve the same results as conducting a training ...
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Talks vs. poster presentations

I'm looking into applying to present at a conference for undergraduates in mathematics this summer. When I apply, I have to either apply to give a talk (~20 minutes) or present a poster. From what ...
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Overcoming nerves from anticipating conference questions

My field is atmospheric physics. The irony is that I have been a school teacher for over a decade, but soon, I'll be giving a presentation of some of my findings at a conference. I think that the ...
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Scientific presentations - black or white?

At most scientific conferences and talks I have attended, the speakers generally present black text on white backgrounds, which I personally find rather dull. Is there any reason / explicit convention ...
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Should I add references to conference presentations?

I am preparing a CS conference presentation and wondering how can I handle the references. I am thinking about three different possibilities: Ignore them! Just list them at the end of the ...
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Individual presentation for a PhD application

A friend of mine applied to a PhD program and luckily they called her for a presentation. They said that the presentation should be a maximum of 10 minutes long and should consist of three slides. ...
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What do I need to ensure my presentation will go smoothly?

From a technical stand point, what do I need to show up to a conference with (in general) to ensure that my presentation will go smoothly? Two things I can think of: Presentation remote Equipment ...
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“making it look good”- is it always important?

Recently I created a project report for the project that me and my classmate are working on. The project report goes to the external examiner to whom later we have to give a demo on our project. Me ...
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Where can I get presentation slides of research papers

When I go through the Abstract section of a research paper and find a subject that I'm interested in, then I go through the whole paper. But going through the whole of it, takes lots of extra time ...
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Proper way of refering to yourself, according to graduate level

I currently have a degree as a Master in Computer Sciences, and i was always wondering on how to call myself in a more "short" manner. For example, a PhD might introduce himself as a "Doctor" to other ...
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Is it acceptable to email the authors of a paper for the slides they used while presenting it in the conference?

I've noticed that while there's no alternative to going through the actual paper in detail, it often helps if I've gone through the presentation based on the paper, which the authors had used while ...
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“Looking for a postdoc” ad inside a conference talk?

I got my PhD one year ago; I am looking for a position (e.g., postdoc). I am going to a fairly attended conference, and was pondering about how to make audience aware that I am on the market. An ...
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Is use of unconventional design elements or layout something frowned upon in academic context?

I quite enjoy paying attention to how I design my documents and presentations. I usually spend hours thinking over and designing my slides for a workshop or presentation, so that they are ...
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Can I use images showing up in Google search for my presentations without violating any copyright?

I am teaching a freshman science course for the first time and I am doing also outreach activities in high schools. To be able to attract the young generation to science one has to connect the ...