Presenters’ guidelines and tips

Before the day

  • All presenters must register for the conference by 8 May. If you have not yet registered, please do so asap! NB. If you are a BRISMES member, please register at the member’s rate by entering your BRISMES passcode (sent to you in an email) in the questionnaire section. If you are not a BRISMES member, you may leave this field blank.
  • Presenters must submit their papers to e.pearson@lse.ac.uk by 20th May 2015.
  • In panels with 5 papers, each presentation should last for no longer than 15 minutes. In panels with less than 5 papers, each paper should last for no longer than 20 minutes. It takes approximately 20 minutes to read 10-12 double spaced pages (which is the equivalent of around 2000 words). There are no style guidelines.
  • Papers will be sent to chairs and fellow panelists in advance of the conference. Papers will also be uploaded unedited onto the conference website. Presenters may choose not to have their paper on the website, but we encourage all to share their presentations with the wider audience.
  • Any powerpoint presentations to be used during presentations must be emailed to e.pearson@lse.ac.uk no later than Wednesday 17 June 2015. 15 powerpoint slides are sufficient for a 20 minute presentation. Any powerpoint presentations received after 17 June will not be accepted. The presentations will be uploaded in advance onto the lecture theatre systems by the conference staff. A conference steward will be present in each room to assist with technical needs.

On the day

  • Presenters should familiarise themselves with the location and time of their panel, details of which can be found in the conference programme.
  • Presenters should arrive at the lecture theatre 10 minutes prior to the start of the panel. Panels will start on time.
  • Each presenter should include some introductory remarks and explain the central aim of the research. A small number of concise ideas with examples and anecdotes will hold the audience’s attention better than a dense or convoluted argument.
  • The conference programme is very full and panels cannot run over time. Presenters must not speak for longer than the allotted time. If this happens, the chair will stop the presenter, regardless of the point reached in the presentation.
  • Following all presentations, the chair will open the floor to the audience for questions and comments. If many people wish to ask questions, please be fairly brief in responding so as to enable a good flow in the discussion.


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