sussexMSA 15: Sussex

Everydayness and the Event
QueenMaryAugust 29-September 1, 2013

IT @ Sussex

OVERVIEW OF INTERNET & AV USE AT MSA 15:

Every effort has been made to ensure that each room used for MSA 15 presentations offers contemporary audio visual equipment and web access. Please be advised that internet servers in the UK can, on occasion, be slow and unreliable. In short, while we have secured modern buildings with up-to-date facilities, we simply cannot guarantee web access for the full four days of the conference.

We ask that all our delegates take precautions to ensure that their presentations can take place in a timely and efficient fashion should web access be unavailable during your scheduled slot. MSA conferences run punctually, so trouble with an individual power point presentation will mean that other participants – both speakers and audience – lose precious discussion time. With fellow delegates in mind, we ask that you please read the following very closely.

WHAT IT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE AT MSA 15?

Every room for presenting will have a PC and projector. We strongly recommend that any materials for projection (powerpoints, video clips, weblinks, etc.) are brought on a USB memory stick and, to be safe, are also accessible on your personal e-mail account (i.e., sent to yourself). With smooth conference operations in view, we encourage delegates to bring handouts as a backup plan.

CAN I USE MY OWN COMPUTER AT MSA 15 (INCLUDING MACS)?

Please be advised that the conference committee strongly discourages using your own computer for power point presentations. If, however, it is absolutely imperative that you use Mac-specific software, you will need to bring your own laptop. Every room will have the hardware to connect VGA and/or DVI. Please be aware that DVI adaptors are considerably more reliable than VGA.

Please note: you will need to bring your own converters for whichever input your Mac laptop uses.

Please also be advised that the UK has a distinct, nation-wide electric system, and that you will need to purchase converters/adaptors to use overseas electronic equipment in the UK (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BS_1363). Adaptors will not be available to delegates on site, but can be purchased on-line, locally, or at most international airports. While power surges rarely occur, conference organisers cannot be held responsible should a power surge take place during MSA 15.

Delegates from British universities will be able to connect their mobile devices or laptops to the Sussex wi-fi system through Edu-Roam; conference-specific log-in details will be provided for delegates who do not have Edu-Roam access. Wireless set-up assistance will be available on site.

CAN MY FELLOW PANELLISTS OR DELEGATES USE SKYPE RATHER THAN APPEARING ON SITE?

Conference delegates may only participate in person; MSA rules forbid the use of Skype for the purposes of formal presentation or seminar participation.

CAN I USE CLIPS FROM A DVD?

If you wish to show clips from a DVD, we recommend that you play it through the PC or on the room’s Blu-Ray player (these are higher definition than the DVD players in the room). Please be aware that only Blu-Ray players are multi-regional, and that a DVD from North America will not always work in a DVD player or PC from the UK; non-commercial DVDs are known to cause more trouble in this regard.

WILL THERE BE IT ASSISTANCE ON SITE?

There will be IT assistants on hand throughout MSA 15, and they will endeavour to ensure that A/V equipment is ready to use before sessions begin. However, to encourage smooth changeovers, we ask that session organisers familiarise themselves with the instructions provided by Sussex IT Services at the following link in advance:

For the FULTON BUILDING:

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/its/pdfs/audiovisualguides/SR-MLC226.pdf

For the JUBILEE BUILDING:

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/its/pdfs/audiovisualguides/Jubilee_Seminar_v2.pdf

General University of Sussex help pages:

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/its/services/teachingandlearning/audiovisual/resources