This book is aiming to respond to the following needs: - Many other presentation books on the market are aimed at people in business - this book is aimed specifically at postgraduate research students. - Undergraduate books in the area (such as the author's Palgrave book), do not cover the specifics of presenting at a postgraduate conference - this book does (including writing your abstract, submitting your paper, preparing your presentation and visual aids, speaking to your audience, handling questions). We have an older book which was aimed at this market from Kerry Shepard (2005) that sold nearly 1600 copies, so we could think of this as a replacement for that. - It will be the most up to date book that specifically deals with poster presentations, a very common form of presentation at academic conferences.

Choosing Material for an Event

The last section of the previous chapter will have given you a sense of the options open to you when you choose to disseminate your research, and you will be aware by now that each of these types of event or activity will make different demands upon you, but there are some constants around dissemination which I hope to share with you in this chapter. Until now this guide has been about the different forms of dissemination and an overview of how the system works; now we will face the first stage in the process of becoming an active participant: choosing material to present. I have based the structure of this chapter on the six most commonly asked questions ...

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