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Old 17th Apr 2019, 03:42
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Hydromet
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 484
My professional association's conference always include a presentation by a true luminary, who talks about his predictions for the coming year (usually accurate), his travels in the previous year (always funny and interesting) and what we should be doing to take advantage of technology to stay ahead of the game (always challenging). He's done this for at least the last 30 years, and I doubt that anyone could do it as well. There isn't any Powerpoint, but usually a few illustrations and perhaps a movie/video or two.
Most of our presentations are technical, and as there is plenty of competition to present, the dross usually gets weeded out. Had one unfortunate case where a student of mine submitted a very good presentation which would have been in the running for a prize as the best student presentation. However, her father, who was on the selection committee, vetoed it as there may have been allegations of nepotism.
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