Update: We have now made a decision regarding this.
We’ve been discussing if we should be providing a projector and projector screen for our speakers. Indeed, will the volunteer speakers expect there to be a projector available at the PubhD events? Will they be bringing their PowerPoint presentations on a USB drive?
At each event we expect there to be 3 PhD students, each speaking for a maximum of 10 minutes (with up to 20 minutes Q&A). We’re currently leaning towards the “no projector” option – it seems that it could become a hassle trying to swap presentations over for 10 minute talks.
Also, we are trying to make this event as cheap as possible. We hope to be in a position to just ask the audience to put 50p to £1 into the kitty to pay for the speaker’s drinks. We may be able to initially borrow a projector – but ultimately, we don’t want to have to charge more so that we can build up a kitty to pay for and maintain our own projector.
So, what are your thoughts? Can a PubhD speaker talk for 10 minutes about their research without the need for a projector? Or are there some academic areas that just cannot be explained to an audience of laypeople without a PowerPoint?