Unconventional Guidelines for Presentations

Topic areas should arrange their presentations according to the these guidelines - why is it so?

  • Morning discussions should bring 1-4 speakers together to present contrasting or complementary points of view on current areas of research. Speaker should act to stimulate discussion rather than present tutorials, although speakers should strive to take a position on which their approach can be challenged.
  • In the hopes that constructive discussions take place, slides should be planned to occupy only half of the available time.
  • Each discussion session has hosts, who coordinate the presentations, and a blogger who should take minutes of the discussion, collect supplementary material such as slides and papers, and enter this blog into the topic area wiki.
  • Tutorials should bring participants up to speed on open questions in a field and methods for addressing these questions.
  • Topic areas should present one tutorial during the first week aimed at outsiders to the field. These presentations will be mandatory for applicants and marked as such.
  • Afternoon sessions are for working time, topic area meetings, and tutorials.
  • Evenings are generally for working on projects, topic area meetings, and methods tutorials, but directors may arrange seminars on special topics, particularly in the Computational Neuroscience topic area or schedule this time for specific [wiki:2014/Workgroups#methods methods tutorial