I am a first year PhD student. In our group there is this tradition of going to a small village town during an extended weekend and giving presentations.
Being a rookie in the group I have never participated in such an event. I have no idea what it is about. Is it about science, is it about fun, or else?
I asked other senior members of the group, they said it is a mix of both.
Obviously, I have to present something in this event and looking back at my work so far, I feel horrible when I compare it to the other PhD candidates. Yes they are seniors and have done more, but still...
Is it worth including these topics in my presentation:
- the topic of my research (should I explain in detail what it is, and how it works?!?)
- the project I work for
- the students I supervise
Has anyone else participated in such an event? What is its purpose? How to appear good although I am the rookie in the group? What is the tone of the presentations in such an event?