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Pizza is a staple at conferences and presentations

Pizzas are oven-baked, flat, round bread typically topped with a tomato sauce, cheese and various toppings. It was originally invented in Greece and has become popular in many parts of the world, especially at research conferences and presentations. Its popularity is evident at some research presentations: pizza is commonly served for its relative ease of eating; in fact, the events I’ve attended routinely advertise “free pizza” to all attendees.

  • Pizzas are traditionally baked in a wood-fired brick oven. Some recipes suggest grilling the pizza, giving it a unique flavour that cannot be attained from baking; in fact, grilled pizza is probably one of the most unique items that can be made from a grill.

  • Aside from a diverse range of toppings (ranging from bacon and mushroom to Philadelphia cheese-steak and even grilled shrimp), pizza crusts also vary depending on the region: for instance, in the United States, New York pizza is thin crust, while Chicago is famous for its deep dish pizza.

Back in November, I was presenting at an undergraduate research symposium, and recall picking up several slices of pizza in-between presenting my research to the audience. Pizza offers the advantage of being (relatively) easy to eat in the absence of a chair and table, so when people inquired about my project, it was simple to set down said pizza, pick up the iPad and begin presenting without introducing grease onto the iPad’s screen.

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