Presentation information

Presenting at IAGS2017

  • Each panel will have a maximum of three presenters.
  • For a three-paper panel, each presentation must be no more than 20 minutes. For a two-paper panel, each presentation must be no more than 30 minutes. Panel chairs will keep strict time, notifying presenters at 5 and 2 minutes remaining. Please respect your co-presenters by keeping to time.
  • All rooms will have full audio-visual equipment available for presenters to use, including facilities for Powerpoint presentations, videos, images, etc.
  • Presenters may use but are not obligated to use Powerpoint presentations.
  • You are not required to produce a full written paper. There will be a call for papers issued by the IAGS journal, Genocide Studies and Prevention. This CfP will be circulated at the conference and you are welcome to make a submission to GSP. All submission to GSP must conform to the GSP submission guidelines. GSP editors will be attending the conference and available for consultation on your submission.

Presentation Tips

  • Make sure your presentation is prepared to keep to time! Practice your presentation before you arrive to be sure it is not too long.
  • For a 20 minute presentation, we recommend no more than an absolute maximum of 10 PowerPoint slides.
  • If using PowerPoint, give your audience time to read & note what is on each slide.
  • A PowerPoint presentation is recommended if you are using non-English names (people, places, authorities, organisations, book titles, etc), so your audience can better understand terms.
  • Minimise text on each slide; make sure the text and graphs are large so your audience can read them.
  • If English is not your first language, ask a native speaker to proof-read your PowerPoint slide text.
  • Try to learn or to speak your presentation so you don’t just read it- remember that you know your topic really well anyway!
  • Practicing your presentation beforehand will ensure you keep to time and give you more confidence. It will also enable you to know your presentation so you don’t have to read it.
  • If English is not your first language, do not worry about your presentation language being perfect. Nobody will judge you and we don’t mind if your English isn’t perfect!
  • When presenting, look at and talk to your audience and not the screen behind you.
  • If you have a tendency to fidget, make sure you don’t have anything noisy like a clicky pen or coins.
  • When presenting, be sure to project your voice and enunciate so everyone can hear and understand you clearly.
  • If you are nervous, practice slow, deep breathing immediately before your presentation. This helps to slow and calm your body down.