Information for Invited Speakers
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Preparation of Abstracts and Proceedings Manuscripts
See the web page
maintained by the editors G. Fischer and U. Rehmann of the proceedings.
Deadline for abstracts submission is May 1, 1998.
Deadline for submission of proceedings manuscripts is July 1, 1998.
The Plenary Lectures will be given in the lecture hall H 105 of the TU Berlin.
It offers room for 1200 persons. At least one additional lecture hall
will be linked via video to this presentation so that in total an audience
of more than 2000 persons can be
reached. The 45-minute Lectures will be given in several of the larger lecture
halls at TU Berlin. These rooms have seating capacities from several
hundred up to over one thousand persons so that it will not be possible to use
blackboards. All lecture halls will be equipped with two overhead projectors,
screens and microphones. The overhead projector is the most effective method
of presentation in a large auditorium or lecture hall.
If you need other audio-visual equipment for your talk, such as video beamer,
slide or multiscan projectors, please contact the organizers before May 1, 1998.
At all times a member of the ICM'98 staff will be available in the
lecture hall to help you
in the operation of the audio-visual equipment. We regret that simultaneous
translation of lectures cannot be provided by ICM'98.
Preparing Your Lecture
Both the General Assembly and the Executive Committee of the International
Mathematical Union as well as ICM Program Committees have repeatedly emphasized
that Plenary and Invited Lectures should be comprehensible to a wide spectrum
Keep in mind how much mathematics has grown and how hard it is for specialists
in different fields to communicate. Therefore, please,
The following is taken in part from a brochure prepared by Hope Daly, Congress
Manager for ICM'86 in Berkely. We hope it will help you in preparing and
delivering a lecture that is suitable for an International Congress.
- Avoid unnessecary jargon and define key terms briefly.
- Use many examples to motivate and illustrate definitions and main results.
- Avoid exceeding the level of understanding of the average listener in
To improve the quality of the lecture in general and in order to make the best
use of the projectors, the speaker is advised to heed the following suggestions:
The most frequently heard complaint concerning speakers at meetings is that the
are illegible. In order to help overcome this complaint, we urge you to adhere
to the following advice:
- Practice your speech, timing yourself to ensure that important points
are not rushed and ample time is left for a summarizing conclusion.
- Make an effort not to read through the talk too rapidly. Allow about
three minutes per transparency.
- Avoid distracting the audience by continually turning around to look at
the screen. Use a pencil or a felt pen to point to a particular spot on your
transparency and the shadow of the pen will show on the screen.
Be sure, however, to glance at the screen when placing a new transparency on the
projector to ensure its proper placement.
- Keep your shoulder out of the way. If it is lighted by the projector, it
is blocking the screen.
- There will be two overhead projectors, make use of both.
Finally, please take into account that your lecture hall will be big and your
audience large - probably larger than you are used to.
- Prepare most of the material to be projected in advance.
For one thing this makes for a better typography and, second, the audience will
be less distracted by your fiddling around with felt pens of various colors.
- Use characters not less then 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) in height. Thus on a
there should be at most 12 lines with at most 25 characters per line.
- Avoid erasures as much as possible, to prevent the occurence of smudgy
- Use a variety of colors only if each color means something in the
structure of your talk. Do not use yellow for text, formulas or lines in
- Under no circumstances lay a typewritten page copied 1:1 on the
Please send suggestions and corrections to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last modified: February 17, 1998