Southern Institute for
Health Informatics

2000 Conference

14th September 2000

Park Building, University of Portsmouth

Information for speakers


The programme for the day can be seen here.

If you have to leave early or arrive late, make sure you let us know.


Each room is equipped with PC projection facilities, suitable for use with Powerpoint. Unfortunately we do not yet have Office 2000 on our PCs, so please save your slides in Office 97 format if you plan to transfer them on to our machines. Alternatively, you should be able to plug a laptop into our projector. Each room will also have an overhead projector if you want to bring acetates, or to use them as backup. Staff will be on hand to assist with setting up.

We do not publish formal proceedings of the conference, but we do ask that all speakers provide us with a copy of their presentation that can be posted onto the conference website. If you send me your slides in Powerpoint 97 format, I can convert them into HTML (unless they are huge!).

If you have other requirements, please let us know.

Length of presentations

You can see how much time you've been allocated by dividing the length of the session by the number of speakers. Generally slots are 20 minutes (30 mins in the first and last sessions, and we have one 1-hour workshop) which needs to include 5 minutes for questions. We would urge you to make sure your presentation doesn't overrun. The philosophy of the conference is that we are bringing to delegates a wide breadth of topics, ideas and views. Detailed or in-depth discussions are usually best left to small groups of people during breaks.

After the initial session, the conference runs in two parallel sessions. The two lecture theatres being used are at either end of a second-floor corridor. The workshop session will be held in a nearby seminar room. The bigger lecture theatre seats over 150; the smaller one about 80. At the time of writing this, we have about 120 people registered, which is 30% up on last year. Session chairmen will be appointed in the next few days. Please make yourself known to your chairman no later than the break preceding your slot.

Audience and venue

Judging from registrations to date, the audience for the event will consist of approximately 50% NHS people (with a bias towards IT specialists over clinicians), about 25% from industry (mainly suppliers of IT products and services to the NHS) and about 25% from academia (a mix of computing and clinical specialisms). A delegate list will be available on the day.

The venue for the conference is the University's Park Building. Detailed directions (by car or by train) are available. You may want to print out the map you can find on that page. We are 5 minutes walk from Portsmouth & Southsea station. There is an NCP car park 2 minutes walk away. The on-street parking outside the building is short-term only.

Any questions?

If you have any questions, please email us at or telephone Jim Briggs on 023 9284 6438 or Anita Smith on 023 9284 6445.

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