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A PG colloquium talk on How to give a PG colloquium. Julia Collins. Talking about maths. What? How? Why? When?. What…?. What…do I talk about?. Your research A hobby that involves maths Something interesting you’ve read about recently (See PG colloquium archive website for ideas!).

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A pg colloquium talk on how to give a pg colloquium

A PG colloquium talk onHow to give a PG colloquium

Julia Collins


Talking about maths
Talking about maths

  • What?

  • How?

  • Why?

  • When?



What do i talk about
What…do I talk about?

  • Your research

  • A hobby that involves maths

  • Something interesting you’ve read about recently

    (See PG colloquium archive website for ideas!)


What level should it be at
What…level should it be at?

  • Who is your audience?

  • What is the lowest maths background in that audience?

  • Avoid jargon!


What software do i use
What…software do I use?

  • Beamer

  • Powerpoint (+ TeXPoint)

  • Keynote

  • …the blackboard?

    (Tip: Use an online LaTeX equation editor to paste formulas into a Powerpoint talk.)



How should i start writing
How…should I start writing?

  • What is the main idea you want to communicate?

  • What is exciting about that idea?

  • How much detail do you want to include?


How can i make it interesting
How…can I make it interesting?

  • Don’t put too much info on your slides

  • Tell stories

  • Keep the audience in suspense

  • Be enthusiastic!


How do i stop the audience falling asleep
How…do I stop the audience falling asleep?

  • Some people will fall asleep – don’t take it personally!

  • Use multimedia and lots of pictures

  • Ask them questions

  • Music!


How should i prepare
How…should I prepare?

  • Do the talk for yourself or a friend

  • Check out the room & hardware

  • Back up your slides

  • Make some brief notes



Why should i give a talk
Why…should I give a talk?

  • Good practice

  • A sympathetic audience

  • Get feedback

  • Learn to get over nerves

  • Communicate something you love!


Why stop at the pg colloquium
Why…stop at the PG colloquium?

  • Why indeed!

  • Lots of opportunities for speaking

    • Research seminars

    • School workshops/masterclasses

    • Undergraduate maths club


Why are you still talking we want cake
Why…are you still talking?(We want cake!)

  • Convince you to do more public engagement

  • Tell you about my conference



When can i give a talk
When…can I give a talk?

  • See PG website for empty slots

  • Talk to Eric

  • Talk to me or Lois


When should i stop talking
When…should I stop talking?

  • When you are running out of time

  • When you have reiterated your take-home message



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