10 Answered Questions for the topic Etiquette

How to respond to “philosophical” questions that aim to undermine a position or derail a discussion?

A colleague of mine enjoys using philosophical questions to undermine ideas that are different to his own and to derail discussions that are not in his favour. At first I thought he was offering... more

04/16/19

How to engage in discussion after a presentation on an unfamiliar topic?

Sometimes I am in a conference presentation or seminar which there are only a handful of audiences, and after the presentation the atmosphere simply urges the audiences to ask questions or the... more

How to deal with presentation time running out in a scientific conference?

I understand that it is not a good idea to speak more after your time is out during a conference presentation. So we generally distribute our total times among each slide depending the contents and... more

When scheduling talks in a conference session, what is the etiquette, if any, regarding placement of multiple talks from the same research group?

I am the lead co-organizer of a symposium at a technical conference later this year. The abstract submissions are now closed, and I'm working on slotting the talks into sessions. With the number... more

04/10/19

How to greet the audience at the beginning of a PhD defense talk/presentation?

I'll be giving a 30-min public talk as a part of my PhD defense next month. It would be attended by the examination committee (consisting of my advisor and two examiners). I reckon that some... more

Should I include funny pictures in my slides?

I am preparing slides for a short (10min) talk at the group meeting. The talk is about a fairly serious piece of (pure) mathematics, and it so happens that there is a very relevant one-panel... more

As a presenter, should I attend all days of conference?

Recently, I have a paper accepted at an IEEE conference, and I am supposed to present my paper orally at the conference. The programs have been released, and it is a four day conference. I am... more

Should I lead an applause after introducing colloquium speaker?

I am introducing my first speaker at my university and, since the speaker is rather famous, I wrote a 1-2 minute introduction. The crowd will be interdisciplinary and between 100-400 people.Should... more

03/15/19

Is it good for the speaker to read notes during a presentation?

I am wondering whether it looks odd if a speaker reads notes during a presentation? I am asking this because, I noticed that a few presenters can’t present their work or research well due to... more
Etiquette

12/27/15

Should you apologise to a man when he opens the door and waits for you, but you ignore it?

Last week, I had internal exam. My examiner, who works as a professor in the same university that I study in, was not happy with my performance and asked me to repeat the exam at a later stage. If... more

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