As the undergraduates I teach will testify, I’ve railed many times against ‘Death by Powerpoint’. Somewhat amazingly, a few talks at the Science Online 2010 Conference Solo10 did combine this decidedly 21st century phenomenon with mediaeval techniques to create a new level of torture, ‘Hung, Drawn and Quartered by Powerpoint.’ But in my own talks, I’ve found it hard to get away entirely from Powerpoint – firstly, the very visual nature of my chromosome work makes illustration essential (http://www.molcyt.com for a very Web 1.0 presentation of my work, including links to talks in Powerpoint such as this PDF), and making my talks understandable by those where English is not a first language makes use of some text essential. But for my next seminar, at the Stochastic Modelling and Systems Biology workshop organized by Xuerong Mao later in September, I’ll be using the program www.Prezi.com which I learnt about for the first time at Solo10. I’ve spent much of the weekend trying out its facilities which make mind-mapping and hierarchy come naturally. It looks perfect for a workshop where I hope to be able to have some audience interaction and dynamism in my talk.
Of course, being part of a completely different style of conference has a special novelty for me, especially with the exciting development of www.AoBBlog.com. Coming from Science Online 2010 or #Solo10, with so many bloggers there, you can get a real feel for what was going on from cyberspace. Nature Networks has put together lots of these summaries. Just now, Alan Cann has posted particularly useful reflections.