You will be presenting your papers to your fellow student colleagues and faculty discussants participating in the conference. Therefore, most of the audience will have at least some background in European Union or European studies. Your presentation should be 10-15 minutes long. Powerpoint slides are optional. We will provide a computer with Microsoft Powerpoint; please bring your materials on a thumb drive, and email yourself a copy as backup. If additional audio & visual equipment is needed, please let us know in advance.
For helpful tips on preparing an effective conference presentation in political science, please see:
- Verbal Sticks and Rhetorical Stones: Improving Conference Presentations Political Science
- Cheating Death-by-PowerPoint: Effective Use of Visual Aids at Professional Conferences
Faculty discussants will have read the papers before your conference presentation. The role of the discussant is to provide constructive criticism to each of the papers on the panel, by either addressing each paper in turn, identifying themes that run across the papers on the panel, or comparing and contrasting certain elements of the papers. The discussant also helps start Q & A with the audience. Finally, discussants evaluate the papers in terms of their appropriateness for inclusion in the annual publication of the conference. This publication includes a limited selection of best papers from the conference. Approximately 8-12 papers presented at the conference will be published. Discussants evaluate students’ written work, not their oral presentations.
Free WiFi will be available throughout Scripps campus and in all the panel session rooms. Guest login information will be provided at the conference. Free WiFi is also offered in the Doubletree Hotel rooms.