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How is the person selected? How far in advance is the selection process made? When a department makes an offer to have a speaker come, how often is the offer rejected? And what happens if the offer is rejected?

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At my department, we often have talks by speakers who are already visiting anyway for example to serve on a PhD committee or as part of a collaboration with one of our researchers. This is usually a good opportunity to invite them to speak as they are already here anyway, their travel paid for by the PhD defence or by a research project of someone they are visiting.