For a while I’ve been thinking conferences should start introducing shorter talks, so I was quite pleased when Christian Heilmann posted his most recent article “A Call For Shorter Talks”. Christian lists all the reasons I think less is more, including the audience’s short attention span and the need for the speaker to focus his or her talk into a more consise topic. Being someone who is often sitting amongst the audience and some times speaking, I would certainly welcome more 20-minute talks to the detriment of the common 1-hour ones.