Instructions for Presenters

Seminars will usually be held in Lecture Room 3, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Sydney, usually on Wednesdays, 4pm - 5pm.

The seminars should be about 30 minutes long, to allow 10 minutes question time. The chair of the session may have to stop seminars that go over time. A useful rule of them is that each overhead or powerpoint slide equates to about 1 minute.

Remember that the seminars are for the entire school to hear about your work, so they should not be too technical such that non-soils people should be able to understand. It maybe worthwhile to spend a few minutes explaining the background to your research for the benefit of all present.

Please provide a short abstract of your seminar one week prior to the seminar. Also please me a short introductory CV about yourself, so that you can be introduced at the beginning of the seminar.

Using the AV System in the Lecture Theatre

Each computer is Windows XP and they are installed with Microsoft Office 2003 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Access), Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Details on the AV system are at the AV Help Videos website.

Please note that you will not be able to install any new software yourselves - please see Nathan if you need to install software, as this is prevented by a password.

As always, if you plan to do some sort of presentation, I highly recommend that you try out the equipment in advance.

In addition, if you use a laptop, please note that connecting cables should be left in the lecture room.

Why do we have these seminars?

The following is extracted from The University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Students Handbook:

  • The school has the responsibility to ensure that opportunities exist within the school or the faculty for interaction and development of profitable intellectual relationships amongst students and staff and that all students are encouraged to participate in appropriate school or faculty activities.
  • The Supervisor has a responsibility to ensure that the candidate participates in the work of the school including presentations at school seminars.
  • The student has a responsibility to participate in the opportunities offered by the school to be part of the intellectual community; the candidate must participate in such school activities as are required

In particular, the seminars form an integral part of the research training that the school offers its postgraduate students, and hence it is considered very important that students attend as many seminars as possible, including those not directly related to their own research.

  • Getting feedback on the technical and "presentation" aspects of the presentation
  • Gaining knowledge on other areas of research in the school.
  • The ability to critically analyse the work of others.
  • Getting hints for their own presentations by observing the good points of others' presentations and the areas that need improvement.
  • This provides important training for life after the PhD.