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I'm using the Madrid theme. I have defined \institute as

\institute[]{\pgfuseimage{logo} \\ my-institute}

because I want the logo to appear at the title frame. Also, since all viewing the presentation are from the same institution, it makes no sense to declare the [] part of \institute. It seems redundant. But, in the footline, my name appears with an empty () to it's right.

My question is: how do I remove this ()? I don't want the institute specified at the footnote.

Just to be clear, my footline is something like:

my-name ()    |    title     |    date

I want it be

my-name   |    title     |    date
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up vote 13 down vote accepted

Madrid uses infolines as the outer theme, so you can set the footline template to not include the parentheses, but to keep all the other elements as they were:


  \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.333333\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,center]{author in head/foot}%
    \usebeamerfont{author in head/foot}\insertshortauthor%~~\beamer@ifempty{\insertshortinstitute}{}{(\insertshortinstitute)}
  \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.333333\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,center]{title in head/foot}%
    \usebeamerfont{title in head/foot}\insertshorttitle
  \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.333333\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,right]{date in head/foot}%
    \usebeamerfont{date in head/foot}\insertshortdate{}\hspace*{2em}
    \insertframenumber{} / \inserttotalframenumber\hspace*{2ex} 

\author{A.U. Thor}
\institute{The Institute}



Here's the bottom of the frame produced by my example code:

enter image description here

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Absent a MWE, here's one way you might modify the footline by customizing the outertheme. See p. 165 of the Beamer manual and tweak as needed to suit your needs:


\title{My awesome presentation}
\author{John Q. Public}
\date{17 November 2011}



  \frametitle{Outline of Lecture}
    \item Background    
    \item Awesome results

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