Advice for Speakers

Female speaker on the stage at IMC 2018.

  • Make sure your paper is presented within the allotted time (20 minutes for sessions with three papers and 15 minutes for sessions with four papers).
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before the session to prepare.
  • Speak clearly and slowly so that everyone can follow your paper. The language in which you are speaking may not be the first language of everyone in the audience.
  • Support your paper with additional information, using either a slideshow (such as a PowerPoint presentation) or a paper handout. Standard session rooms can hold 28-50 people, but some rooms may hold more.
  • Please make sure that all materials you use are clearly legible for delegates with visual impairments. We recommend using this advice from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
  • You may wish to produce at least 2 copies in large print for delegates with visual impairments. In addition, remember to describe the images used in your presentation.
  • If you are presenting your paper in a language other than English, we recommend producing a short handout summarising the key points of your paper in English.
  • If there is a microphone in your session room, please use it so that delegates with hearing impairments can follow your paper.