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BAJS Conference 2015

Atheism, Scepticism, and Challenges to Monotheism

5-7 July 2015, The University of Manchester


Information for speakers


This page aims to give speakers a good idea of how the conference sessions will run so that you know what to expect and can prepare accordingly. This makes for quite a lot of information, and there may be some further points you need to get in touch with us about. We have collected these into a checklist - please reply to the conference organisers with answers to these questions if necessary.


All speakers attending the conference need to register by Friday 29 May 2015. Please see the Registration page where you will also find details of the attendance fees.

List of speakers

Your name, organisation and email address will be made available on the Programme.

Changes to abstracts

The deadline date for changes to abstracts will be Monday 1 June 2015. This is to enable us enough time to amend the programme before it is sent for printing.

Audio-visual/other equipment

Each room will be equipped with a computer connected to a data projector and screen. PowerPoint is available in all the rooms. The computers will be connected to the internet, but will require wifi login (see below). If you need other equipment, we need to know as soon as possible, as we might not be able to find certain things at short notice!


Please bring a copy of your presentation on a USB/data stick. The use of private laptops is discouraged.


We will provide all conference delegates with a temporary username and password for access to the University of Manchester Wi-Fi. This will only be available for use during the conference.


Sending presentations in advance: You are welcome to email your slides to before Monday 29 June 2015 and we will load your presentation on to the computer in advance.

Loading presentations at the conference: If you have sent your presentation in advance, then we will load your presentation on to the computer for you and set it up ready before your session starts. If you do not send your presentation in advance you will need to make your way to the room at least 10 minutes before the session starts. This will help us move quickly from one presentation to another. If you do not load your presentation in advance, session chairs will take setting up time out of the time allocated for your presentation.

Handouts: Please bring all copies of your handouts; there will not be facilities for photocopying them at the venue.

About the parallel sessions

We will have parallel sessions running throughout the conference. We will try to cluster presentations dealing with similar issues or approaches, or those likely to generate an interesting discussion by being grouped together. In each session there will be three 20 minute presentations, each with 10 mins for questions.

It is important that you keep your presentations to 20 minutes, to allow time for questions. We will have to chair sessions very tightly so please make sure you keep to time so that your chairperson doesn't have to cut you off in full flow! Please do arrange your presentation so that you get quickly to the points you want to make, without lots of introduction or context-building. If your presentation involves a film or some other non-standard mode then we will need to liaise with you about arrangements for your presentation and the running of the session in which it is scheduled. We will contact you if you have indicated this is the case in your abstract.

Anything else?

We hope this covers most of the questions you may have at this stage, but please do get in touch if there is anything else we can help with, at

Checklist for speakers

You should be able to answer 'yes' to all these statements. If not, please contact us.

  1. I have registered for the conference
  2. I have paid my BAJS subscription fees for 2015, if appropriate
  3. I have submitted my abstract for the conference programme and do not need to make any changes
  4. I do not need any extra audio-visual/other equipment