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ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting

Your Presentation

Oral presentation tips

Remember that the official language of the meeting is English – therefore, all presentations and discussion will use that language. If you feel any difficulty with the use of English, do your best and try to obtain help a few months in advance of the conference.

On the other hand, if you are a native English speaker, some care should also be taken to ensure that you will be able to communicate effectively with people who may have some difficulty in understanding your language. Be prepared to present your talk slowly, and to use a computer presentation that will help the attendants to understand you. A presentation containing only images is fine if your public includes only native English speakers; a presentation with topics, names of people, places, dates, subjects, as well as some full sentences and quotations, will be very helpful in the case of the general audience of this conference.

We also ask you to remember that the public attending this specific conference is diverse. Some people among your listeners are probably not familiar with some specific topics, authors and references you are dealing with. Think about your auditors and be kind enough to provide a short elucidation of the most abstruse features of your paper.

Notice that just reading your paper might be definitely boring and the audience may be unable to pay attention to your talk. Reading papers at conferences is definitely a habit in the case of some academic disciplines (philosophy, for instance), while it seldom happens in other disciplines (physics, for instance). Sometimes scholars read papers to ensure greater precision; sometimes to guarantee that they will be able to comply with the time schedule; and in some cases (especially those who are not native English speakers) because they are insecure. It is advisable, indeed, to write down your full paper; but after that, you can also prepare yourself to communicate it in an efficient way.

We strongly suggest that you think about all these issues and get prepared to present a wonderful, breathtaking effective talk. Of course, this is not just a requirement for this conference, your public will be forever grateful if you improve your effective communication skills.  

ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting   
International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB)   
Associação Brasileira de Filosofia e História da Biologia (ABFHiB)   
São Paulo, Brazil, 16 to 21 July, 2017   

São Paulo, Brazil
16 to 21 July, 2017

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