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At the 2018 Annual Conference we celebrated our 125th anniversary in our hometown at Sheffield Hallam University. From 5-7 April we welcomed more than 750 delegates from all over the world to take part in a range of lectures, workshops, field visits and social events and find out about the latest ideas, resources and support in primary and secondary geography.

We have a fantastic set of Conference photographs – view a selection on Flickr.

Find out which publishers, schools and individuals won GA Awards at the 2018 event.


Session downloads

Materials will continue to be added over the following weeks. Please note that the contents of these presentations have been compiled by each presenter and are not the property of the GA. If you have any copyright queries, please contact the GA (info@geography.org.uk).

Lectures
Workshops and debates
Field visits, teacher-to-teacher sessions

Download the full 2018 Conference Handbook


Lectures

Presidential Lecture- Geography – a subject for life
All KS
Nick Lapthorn, GA President 2017–18
Geography is a subject that is embedded both in life and in the world around us. This lecture explored how being a geographer influences the way we think about the world, the decisions we have made and the ones we have yet to make.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation

Future Geographers:
Lecture- 
Dealing with disease: the global and local response to Ebola
Dr Gill Miller, Junior Vice-President, Geographical Association, and Senior Lecturer Emerita, Department of Geography and International Development, University of Chester
This lecture discussed the international and local responses to the Ebola crisis in West Africa in 2014 by the World Health Organisation, international NGOs and local communities, and evaluated the particular influence of women in dealing with disease in the developing world.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation

Real-world geography at Sheffield
Staff and students from the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield
In this session academic staff and undergraduate students from the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield shared their experiences of researching, teaching and learning more about the world.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation

Lecture Plus 2- Geography in the working world: an insight into the nuclear industry
KS2–P16
Lara Pritchard, Graduate Trainee
Geographical skills, knowledge and understanding are essential in the real world. In this lecture Lara discussed how her geography degree forms the basis for her work on the development of the new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey.
Presented on behalf of GA Welsh Special Interest Group
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Powerpoint Presentation

Lecture 7- A level geography: preparing for success in summer 2018
P16
Emma Rowe, AQA Geography Associate 
The session was geared towards exam preparation ahead of the 2018 examinations, including strategies to help in preparing students for assessment with some focus on the core content and addressing the synoptic elements of AO2 and skills.
Sponsored by AQA
Download: Powerpoint Presentation

Lecture 10- Methods for qualitative research
KS4–P16
Professor Richard Phillips, Professor in Human Geography; Dr Eric Olund, Lecturer in Human Geography; and Margi Bryant, Teaching Associate, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield
This session introduced teachers to qualitative methods suitable primarily for students at A level to use in geographical research. Discussion focused on interviews, mental mapping, visual methods, and archival research. The session will aid teachers in preparing students to conduct original research.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation

Lecture 14- Teaching geography at post-16: two alternative qualifications
P16
Daniel Pounds, Teacher of Geography, Winchester College, and Matt Brimson, Head of Geography, West Buckland School, Barnstaple
In this session, a Cambridge International A & AS level geography teacher and a Cambridge Pre-U geography teacher shared their experiences of teaching these two alternative post-16 geography syllabuses that are both growing in popularity in the UK.
Sponsored by Cambridge Assessment International Education
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Powerpoint Presentation

Lecture 19- Problem solving with GIS
KS3–P16
Bob Lang, Teacher of Geography, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, Birmingham
This session enabled delegates to develop their understanding of what GIS can do, and how it can be used in many different ways to solve problems at different scales around the UK and further afield.
Presented by GA ICT Special Interest Group
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Powerpoint Presentation

Lecture 21- 125 years of geography
P16
Professor Peter Jackson, Professor of Human Geography, University of Sheffield
The 125th anniversary of the GA provided an opportunity for critical reflection on our disciplinary and professional history, prompting questions about our vision for the subject and its future direction. This lecture combined a loosely chronological review of events with a selection of ‘episodes’ from the past 125 years, and set disciplinary debates within their wider social and intellectual context.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation

Lecture 22- The independent investigation: views from year 13
P16
Dr Rebecca Kitchen, Secondary Curriculum Leader, Geographical Association
This session featured reports from year 13 students on their independent investigations. They each gave a short presentation about what they did and what they found out before reflecting on lessons learnt from the process.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation

Lecture 28- Iceland’s volcanoes
KS3–P16
Thorbjorg Agustsdottir, Volcanologist, University of Cambridge
More lava has been produced in Iceland than anywhere else on Earth. This session explored the latest magmatic and seismic activity resulting from Iceland’s tectonic divergence and hot-spot.
Sponsored by Discover the World Education
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Lecture Plus 31- Articulating the usefulness of geography in the real world
KS3–P16
Dr Rebecca Kitchen, Secondary Curriculum Leader, Geographical Association
Research suggests that students are unlikely to take A level geography if they are unable to see its relevance and usefulness for their own lives and future careers. This session heard the stories of students and identified the issues and barriers, then articulated practical solutions to show students the importance of geography in the real world.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation
Download: Top Trumps zip file

Lecture 32- GCSE geography: preparing for success in summer 2018
KS4
Dr Keith Bartlett, AQA Geography Associate
This session was geared towards exam preparation ahead of the 2018 examinations, including approaches to revision of content with some emphasis on approaching the issue of evaluation, and focus on the teaching of these skills.
Sponsored by AQA
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Powerpoint Presentation

Lecture 33- Can geographers predict the future?
P16
Carl Lee, Associate Lecturer in Human Geography, Sheffield Hallam University
From climate change to population growth, resource consumption to inequality, geography offers a holistic perspective on the challenges of the 21st century. This lecture explored the interconnectivity of the physical and human domains and the value that a multi-disciplinary approach to geography has in addressing these challenges.
Sponsored by Eduqas
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Powerpoint Presentation

Lecture Plus 36- Connecting university and school geography thinking to explore changing places
KS3–P16
Alan Parkinson, Head of Geography, King’s Ely Junior School, and Dr Peter Knight, Head of Geography Programmes, School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, Keele University
This session discussed an undergraduate module taught by Dr Peter Knight that has been translated into a scheme of work for exploring ‘changing places’ and other place-based issues. Alan demonstrated the online resources and Peter talked about the thinking behind his popular and innovative ‘Inspirational Landscapes’ work.
Alan also created Scratch cards for the lecture using the presentation below, and stickers from here which were stuck over the squares to produce a mystery ‘scratch card’.
See also the ‘125 Top Tips’ for the Geographical Association’s 125th anniversary celebrations curated by the Secondary Phase Committee
Slideshare Link
Download: Scratch cards (.ppt)
Download: Top Tips pdf


Workshops and debates

Workshop 3- Embedding the environment and farming into the curriculum
KS3–P16
David Etheridge, Regional Education Consultant to the North East, Linking Environment and Farming, and Farming and Countryside Education
This session aimed to positively influence the next generation to support farming, food production and the environment; enhance understanding so that there is a shared vision to embed knowledge, understanding and appreciation of farming into the curriculum; and offer inspiring and stimulating opportunities through education, including exam specification case studies.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation

Workshop 4- Real-world fieldwork for beginning teachers
KS3–P16
Janine Maddison, Geography Support Officer, Field Studies Council, and Dr Rebecca Kitchen, Secondary Curriculum Leader, Geographical Association
This session introduced beginning teachers to different types of geography fieldwork, with innovative ideas, resources and techniques for building quality fieldwork into your teaching and provided an opportunity to try some of these out in the real world.
In partnership with Field Studies Council
Download:
 Powerpoint Presentation
Download: Handout

Workshop 7- The dynamic rock cycle: investigative hands-on activities
KS3–4
Dave Turner, Former Head of Geology and Assistant Head
In this session delegates tried a series of hands-on activities to simulate the processes involved in the rock cycle. We used the integrating model of the rock cycle as a means of encountering common rocks and Earth processes in a practical and investigative way.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation

Workshop 10- Ice Flows: using games-based learning to introduce complex physical systems
KS3–P16
Dr Anne Lebrocq, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter, and Alan Parkinson, Head of Geography, King’s Ely Junior School
This session introduced an educational game called Ice Flows and explored its development and use. Anne explained her research and work on Antarctica, including reference to recent ice collapse and sea level rise, then a new teaching resource, designed to help students investigate ice processes using the game as a context for learning, was explored.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation

Workshop 13- The census: representing the real world of work?
P16
Alice Griffiths, Teacher, Aylesbury High School, and Jenny Knight and Esther Sutherland, Office for National Statistics
At A level, students are asked to distinguish between quantitative and qualitative data, and even to compare their reliability, but how easy is this task if we fail to ‘un-pick’ key data sources in the classroom? This session offered an opportunity to consider the extent to which the census represents the real world of work and discuss the implications for learners.
Download: Session documents and powerpoints (.zip)

Workshop 14- Primary Geography in practice in the real world
EY–KS2
Jane Whittle, IB PYP Co-ordinator, International School of Como, Italy
This session used past issues of Primary Geography to illustrate how geography in the real world is interpreted through the journal into classroom practice. This hands-on session engaged delegates with the journal in new and practical ways.
Presented by the GA Primary Geography Editorial Board
Download: 
Presentation (pdf)

Workshop 18- Secondary Geography Quality Mark: 15 creative ideas for quality geography teaching
KS3–P16
Dr Rebecca Kitchen, Secondary Curriculum Leader, Geographical Association
This session showcased creative ideas from recent Secondary Geography Quality Mark submissions. Delegates had the opportunity to try out a variety of ideas and left with copies of the resources to try with their students.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation
Download: Resources zip file

Workshop 19- GCSE revision toolkit
KS4
Catherine Owen, Head of Geography, The King Alfred School, Somerset
The GA’s GCSE Revision Toolkit provides teachers with an approach to revision including knowledge checks, activities to revise core content, and a focus on answering extended questions. In this session the authors discussed the rationale and shared some of the approaches and activities included in the book and its associated resources.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation

Workshop 20- Breadth, depth and engaging geography for A level students
P16
Bob Digby, Honorary Treasurer, Geographical Association; Simon Oakes, Consultant to the GA; and Gill Miller, Junior Vice-President, Geographical Association
An exploration of how to engage students, extend and add depth to their reading, and inspire teaching colleagues by using the Top Spec Geography series. This presentation explored a variety of themes from across the series and allowed delegates to meet the authors of our latest titles, share their thoughts on the books and find out how colleagues use them.
Presented by GA Publications Board
Download: 
Powerpoint Presentation

Workshop 26- Reflections on the first A level cycle – how’s it gone?
P16
Daniel Cowling, Deputy Headteacher, Vyners School, London, and Grace Healy, Geography Specialist Associate, Inspiration Trust, and EdD student, University of Cambridge
This discussion, led by three members of the GA P16&HE Phase Committee, reflected on the first cycle of the new A level specifications. Delegates were encouraged to bring material, ideas, tales of disaster or success and ‘what I will do better next year’ to discuss and share.
Presented by GA Post-16 and HE Phase Committee
Download: 
Powerpoint Presentation

Workshop 27- The story stone store
EY–KS2
Nell Seal and Dr Paula Owens, Consultants to the GA
This session shared ideas for how story stones can be used indoors and out, from grid references and OS map symbols to recounting journeys and environmental quality surveys. Delegates had an opportunity to create their own set of story stones and discuss ideas for using them.
Download: Presentation (pdf)
Download: Resource sheet 1Resource sheet 2

Workshop 28- Using 3D printing to support landscape exploration and interpretation
KS2–P16
David Morgan, Education Technology Officer, Field Studies Council
Observing, understanding and interpreting landscapes are core to geography, but are skills that many learners find challenging. Discover how you can create 3D printable models of UK landscapes to use inside and outside the classroom. Delegates left with the ability to create ‘pocket landscapes’ and with ideas for how they could be used to enhance learners’ understanding.
Presented by GA ICT Special Interest Group
Download:
Powerpoint Presentation
Download: Activity sheet 1Activity sheet 2
See also David’s 3D modelling examples, and advice on printing 3D models.

Workshop 31- Successful real-world geography in the secondary classroom
KS3–P16
Dr Mel Norman, Editor, Teaching Geography
In this session, secondary school teachers from the Teaching Geography Editorial Board considered successful classroom approaches that reflect real-world geography. Discussion then focused around participants’ experiences and inspirations. Participants also formed a focus group regarding their use of Teaching Geography, what they like/don’t like and what they would like to see more of in the journal.
Presented by GA Teaching Geography Editorial Board
Download:
Powerpoint Presentation
Download: 
Activity sheets

Workshop 33- High quality initial teacher education
All KS
Dr Charles Rawding, Chair, GA Teacher Education Special Interest Group
This session discussed how the GA’s quality criteria can be used to effectively audit provision by any institution involved in ITE and lead to high quality initial teacher education.
Presented by GA Teacher Education Special Interest Group
Download: 
Powerpoint Presentation

Workshop 34- Wildthink, messy maps and journey books
EY–KS2
Dr Paula Owens, Consultant to the GA
This workshop explored a range of fieldwork techniques through active exploration of Sheffield’s urban setting to discover factual and affective qualities of place and why both matter. Gathering facts, opinions and emotions through a mix of digital and ‘old school’ approaches suitable for use with children, we develop our enquiry to create personalised mementoes of this fantastic city.
Download: Presentation (pdf)

Workshop 35- Making key stage 3 really count
KS3
Tanith Ludlam, Teacher of Geography, The Holgate Academy, Nottingham
With what seems like an ever-increasing focus on GCSE and A level, it is often all too easy to forget about the importance of key stage 3 in the development of the geographers of the future. This session highlighted different strategies that can be used to develop enquiring and independent geographical minds.
Presented by GA Secondary Phase Committee
Download:
 Powerpoint Presentation
Download: Handout (.ppt)

Workshop 36- Community mapping with HERE Map Creator
KS3–P16
Claire Robinson, Senior Community Initiative Lead, HERE
This hands-on session featured the live online mapping tool, Map Creator, to showcase the real-world geography that surrounds and contributes to our everyday lives. Delegates became Map Creators to map and edit roads, places, addressing and GPS files, and capture their world with Mapillary street level imagery.
Download: Presentation (pdf)

Workshop 37- The ‘trouble’ with boys: engaging the hard to reach
KS3–P16
Tony Cassidy, Teacher of Geography, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Ilkeston
Underachievement by boys is a national issue. This workshop offered practical strategies from three differing contexts that can be used to engage boys in their geography.
Presented by GA Sustainability and Citizenship Special Interest Group
Download: Powerpoint Presentation

Workshop 41- Beyond facts: teaching geography for conceptual understanding
KS3–P16
Puay Yin Lim, Master Teacher, Academy of Singapore Teachers, and Lian Lay Cheng, Geography Teacher, St Joseph’s Institution, Singapore
How do geography lessons help students to go beyond memorising facts to making sense of the key concepts of geography? This session demonstrated ways to teach for conceptual understanding – helping students to see underlying patterns across the myriad of facts in each topic in the syllabus, thereby gaining deeper understandings that transfer across topics and facts.
Download: Presentation (pdf)

Workshop 43- How to plan a ‘brilliant’ residential with maximum impact
All KS
Peter Carne, National Advisor, and Kim Somerville, Campaign Manager, Learning Away
This session drew upon evidence gathered through an action research programme that demonstrated the many positive impacts that ‘Brilliant Residential’ learning has on the whole school community. It guides you through a ‘theory of change’ approach to planning residentials and will introduce an evaluation ‘toolkit’ designed to help schools evaluate the impact of these experiences.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation
Download: Support sheets (zip)

Workshop 44- Going global: keeping it real
KS2–P16
Catherine Owen, Chair, GA International Special Interest Group
How can we tackle clichés, misconceptions and the danger of the single story when studying countries and global issues? Join members of the International Special Interest Group to explore ideas, resources and activities aimed at keeping our teaching real and relevant.
Presented by the GA International Special Interest Group
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Powerpoint Presentation
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Support sheets (zip)

Workshop 45- Quantifying the world
KS1–2
Julia Tanner, Consultant to the GA, and Jane Whittle, IBPYP Co-ordinator, International School of Como, Italy
Geographers quantify the world in numerous ways, from wind speeds in weather studies to Likert scales for environmental quality. This practical workshop explored ways in which meaningful geographical enquiries in KS1 and KS2 can develop and extend pupils’ understanding of quantification as a tool for making sense of place, space and environment.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation

Workshop 46- Repositioning ‘geography education’ at the forefront of mentoring
KS3–4
Lauren Hammond, Lecturer in Geography Education; David Mitchell, Lecturer in Geography Education; and Maria Palombo, Teaching Fellow in Geography Education, UCL Institute of Education, London
Mentoring is recognised as being critically important to ITE and a significant professional development opportunity. However, geography has the potential to become lost in a maze of generic standards and guidance. By encouraging colleagues to discuss what makes an effective geography mentor, this workshop showed the importance of geography education in being a subject mentor.
Download: Presentation1; Presentation 2Presentation 3 (pdf)

Workshop 49 – Edexcel A level geography: preparing for the first assessment
P16
Bob Digby, Honorary Treasurer, Geographical Association
The session focused on the Edexcel A level geography specification, preparing you for the first assessment in summer 2018 and offering guidance on how to approach the Paper 3 synoptic investigation.
Sponsored by Pearson
Download: 
Powerpoint Presentation

Workshop 50- Real National Parks
KS1–3
Sarah Wilks, Head of Outreach Development, and Lorna Fisher, Outreach Development Manager, Peak District National Park Authority
Discover how these protected landscapes can be used to help your pupils build links and understanding with the natural environment. Delegates will experience a range of hands-on activities that will promote discussion and thinking skills, explore the value of National Parks as a learning resource, and discover the range of free online resources.
Download: Presentation (pdf)

Workshop 52- GI Learner: developing progression in spatial thinking
KS3–P16
Karl Donert, President, EUROGEO
Karl Donert shared links to materials created as part of the GI Learner project: a 3 year, Erasmus+ funded project. Demonstrating GI Learner resources, activities and the work of pupils. The project examines the integration of spatial thinking into the curriculum through the establishment of learning lines based on spatial thinking competences. The workshop provides links to resources and materials developed by the project. Karl was assisted by Luc Zwartjes and Alan Parkinson, who are two of the geography educators involved in the project.
Materials can all be obtained by following the link here:http://www.eurogeography.eu/gi-learner2018/
Presentation: https://www.slideshare.net/eurogeo/gilearner-developing-progression-in-spatial-thinking

Workshop 55- Qualitative fieldwork methods for the A level independent investigation
P16
Rob Morris, Consultant to the GA
This workshop considered several techniques that can be used for the analysis of qualitative data in the A level independent investigation. These included coding of open-ended questionnaires, ethnographic surveys, discourse and image analysis, and there was the opportunity for hands-on experience for delegates.
Presented by GA Independent Schools Special Interest Group
Download: 
Powerpoint Presentation

Workshop 56- Findspots: exploring real-world engagement
EY–KS2
Sharon Witt, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Winchester
This workshop offered lively and practical ideas to support pupils’ engagement with local places. Using fiction as a stimulus, we explored ways that can help pupils to pay attention to the detail of everyday, real-world encounters with places, and provided strategies for exploring the locale as a site of curiosity and wonder.
Download: Presentation (pdf)

Workshop 57- Rainforest refresher
KS3–P16
Duncan Hawley, Chair, and Members, GA Physical Geography Special Interest Group
Tired with teaching about tropical rainforests in the same old way? This session revealed insights into the physical geography of tropical rainforests and explored how some of the latest understanding linking to diversity, landforms and the water cycle can be incorporated into teaching through active approaches.
Presented by GA Physical Geography Special Interest Group
Download: 
Powerpoint Presentation

Workshop 60- Developing GIS skills at GCSE in preparation for NEA at A level
KS4
Rachel Adams, Geography Teacher, Wimbledon High School, London
ArcGIS (free with OS maps) is a great resource for enabling students to be hands-on with real world data, and to collect, present and analyse their own primary research. This workshop showcased practical examples to use with students to improve both their geographical understanding and analytical skills. Delegates’ own devices may be helpful.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation


Field visits and teacher-to-teacher sessions

Thursday 5 April

Field Visit- Changing places: How ‘authentic’ is the Neepsend and Kelham area of Sheffield?
P16
Duncan Hawley, Chair, GA Physical Geography Special Interest Group
This field ‘case study’ visited an area that characterises change in Sheffield. Participants used a range of clues to assess how a place is ‘lived’ in, is being represented and is changing. The goal was to decide whether the place and its change are ‘authentic’ or being designed/developed in such a way that any attachment to its ‘residual’ character and identity are superficial or extinguished.
Download: PDF

Friday 6 April

Field Visit- The city that rocks: geographical fieldwalk using real-world geology in an urban setting
KS1–P16
Duncan Hawley, Chair, GA Physical Geography Special Interest Group and Member, Sheffield Area Geology Trust
A 1km fieldwalk around Sheffield city centre shows how stone buildings can be used as a resource for learning about a variety of rocks, here ranging in age from 1500 million to less than 2 million years old. Delegates gained identification skills, experience the effects of rock weathering, and discussed innovative and engaging fieldwork strategies and creative recording methods.
Download: PDF

Teacher to Teacher- Preparing KS3 and KS4 students for the new GCSE
Jennifer Monk, Head of Geography, Golborne High School, Wigan
This session shared some of the ways in which our department has started to bring KS4 expectations, skills and content into KS3 without losing the engagement and excitement. It shared ideas on the bigger issues we all face and ways to upskill our KS3 geographers.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation

Saturday 7 April

Teacher to Teacher- Beyond frenemies: contact and collaboration with universities
All KS
Dr Matt Finn, Lecturer in Human Geography and BA Geography Admissions Tutor, University of Exeter
Despite concerns of a great divide between schools and universities there are increasing points of contact and potential for two-way collaborations, whether for CPD in the context of revised specifications, research, university admissions or events for all age groups. The panel discussed the potentials and pitfalls and responded to questions.
Download: Presentation (pdf)

Teacher to Teacher- Supporting secondary geography PGCEs with minimal effort
KS3–P16
John Groves, PGCE Geography Student, University of East Anglia
This session detailed quick and simple strategies for supporting trainee secondary geography teachers during their initial placements. It offered advice to and from students, NQTs and experienced teachers, with the goal of enhancing the placement experience with a minimised workload.
Download: Presentation (pdf)
Download: Handout pdf

Teacher to Teacher- The global food crisis
KS4
Aaron Pettit and Harriet Earle-Brown, PGCE Secondary Geography Students, University of Plymouth
How much have you had to eat today? Are you hungry? Perhaps you have over-indulged? How does this compare to others around the world? This interactive session used maps, data and fun props to explore the global pattern of calorie intake, and the reasons for global differences.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation
Download: Resources Powerpoint

Teacher to Teacher- The impacts of classroom displays and objects
KS3–P16
Thomas Sherlock, Trainee Teacher
This interactive session explored the potential benefits of displays and stimulants in a geography classroom, looked at examples from my placement school experience, and considered the challenges of displays vs pupil focus in lessons.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation

Teacher to Teacher- What I wish I knew about geography before coming to university
P16
Laura Dooley, Student, University of Sheffield
Students at the University of Sheffield gave reflections on what they wish they had known about the discipline of geography before coming to university, as well as related tips and pointers that could help prospective students to make the most of their degree while at university. There was also a Q&A section.
Download: Powerpoint Presentation


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