I'll be giving a 30-min public talk as a part of my PhD defense next month. It would be attended by the examination committee (consisting of my advisor and two examiners). I reckon that some professors/lecturers from the university might also join it apart from my colleagues and friends.
What would be a suitable - neither too short or seemingly-snappy nor too long and boring - way to address the audience at the very beginning of my talk? For instance, starting with
sounds a bit too informal to me. Personally, I am inclined to starting with
Respected members of the examination committee...
but I am not sure if that, because of the "Respected ", may be considered too traditional (unfortunately, I don't recall how my colleagues who graduated in the last years did it - you never focus on such aspects until it is your turn :-$).
Should I refer to the examination committee using names, as in:
Respected members of the examination committee, Prof. X, Prof. Y, and Prof. Z
or better not?
For peers and friends, addressing could simply continue as
... and dear colleagues and friends.
Should I also try to sandwich another category specifically for the other professors and lecturers? If so, what could be a suitable way to address them?