Guidelines and Tips for speakers in the Research Bites Talks Series

On Confirmation that you are a Speaker

  • Once you have registered. we will contact you to confirm the next steps
    We will advertise the sessions two weeks before each session. If you are confirmed as a speaker please regard your confirmation email as your commitment to appear

Use plain language

  • Your audience will be a highly engaged and interested group as they have self-selected to come along. They will be drawn from diverse backgrounds so it will be very important for your talk to use plain, easy to understand language – keep it simple, keep it interesting
    If possible, pick a catchy title

Get the timing right

  • Before you deliver your talk on the day, have a couple of practice runs for two reasons - you need to get the timing right (5 minute limit) and to test it on a non-expert audience for clarity of message
    Each talk is only five minutes long - this is the maximum talk time

Session format

  • Each session will have 8 speakers, each talk will be delivered in quick succession and so there will be no questions after each talk, rather questions and conversations will be something for each speaker to manage after the whole session is finished, outside the auditorium in the café and foyer areas
    Each speaker is strictly limited to 3 slides (max); you should bring them on a memory stick on the day. And please note: you will be standing in front of your images for the recording
    The session convenor will ring a bell to let you know you have 1 minute to go


  • Each talk will be recorded and made available - via the Research bites website as soon as possible after each session.

Important things to remember

  • Remember DO NOT talk about things you don't want in the public domain
  • In unavoidable circumstances, we ask 48 hours’ notice to if you can’t make it – we will need to find a replacement speaker

Go to the Research Bites Participation Registration Form