This might sound a silly (probably it is!) question to ask. But whenever I go to give a talk at some other institute I face this dilemma of putting the host institute's logo or only my affiliation logo, on the title slide. Most of the time I put both.

Keeping aside my decade-old-hesitations, let me ask you about your opinion on this.

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    This must be field dependent because I have never seen someone put the host institute's logo on anything.
    – StrongBad
    Feb 12, 2018 at 21:54
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    I've seen title slides with no logos; I've seen title slides with a single logo; I've seen title slides with so many logos that for a moment I thought I was looking at the body of NASCAR racing car. I don't know if there's a single right or wrong way to do this. You could always make a presentation with different versions, and then see what the prevailing trend at the conference seems to be.
    – J.R.
    Feb 12, 2018 at 22:02
  • Sometimes I see people putting a conference logo on the first or last slide if they are presenting at a conference - this is acceptable, but it's not the original question, therefore I just note it as comment.
    – OBu
    Feb 13, 2018 at 11:38

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The acceptable use of logos is usually described in an institution's corporate design manual. The corporate design manuals I've seen do usually not allow people not affiliated with the institution to use the logo without explicit permission, so I would never use the host institutions logo. Such thing will also not vary between fields (in my university's cd-manual, only some color schemes differ between faculties). There might even be some legal issues involved, but I'm not competent to discuss legal matters.

Most academics in at least my field, quite reasonably, ignore corporate design manuals which might even specify minutiae of how your slides are supposed to look. Usually, they do this by not showing any logo at all- my preferred choice for aesthetic reasons. But there is absolutely no reason to show a host university's logo.


Use either, neither or both.

In an academic context, this sort of thing doesn't matter (and, as StrongBad says, it's perhaps unusual to put the host's logo on your slides, although probably not a faux pas).

Focus on more important things like the content of the talk.

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    Let me clarify, I have never seen it in my field and hence I would consider including the host logo totally out of place and odd.
    – StrongBad
    Feb 12, 2018 at 22:18

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