Instructions for speakers
Connect to the meeting at least 30 minutes before the talk (and then you're free to go get coffee)
Send us your slides a few days before the talk so we can post them online
Talks should be about 50 minutes long. If there are more technical details to cover, we would sometimes take questions, let people leave, and then continue with those details.
Use your mouse as your laser pointer
A reasonably strong computer (make sure the CPU is below 50% when in the hangout)
Good wired network connection
A good headset 🎧 (with a built-in microphone!)
Connect an extra monitor to your laptop and "extend" your screen there; then put the Zoom meeting window there. This allows you to see the audience and makes the experience less awkward; it is also helpful in case of questions.
General advice for speakers
One of the principal aims of this seminar series is to make research widely accessible. In this spirit, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Give a general introduction to the area including a flavor of problems that occur here.
Mention the open problems in the area.
The medium is not conducive for a very fast paced / technical talk. So, refrain from both.
Compared to live talks, it is sometimes hard to pace yourself. So, if you have some audience in front of you, it might be very helpful.
The first talk by Ronald de Wolf provides an excellent example of a talk which is both good pace-wise and style wise: see the video here .
Avoid using very small fonts in your slides. Not everyone's prescription glasses are up to date...