Questions tagged [seminars]

Questions concerning giving and attending small but organized presentations of scientific material, often given to an audience within a single academic department.

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How to email Faculty Search Committee for seminar without implying to hurry on my application?

I had recently applied to several prestigious institutes in India. Just to explain the recruitment process in these institutes a Faculty Search Committee goes through your application that comprises ...
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What is the difference between a lecture and a seminar?

I understand the main difference is the amount of active engagement of the students (questions, interaction, etc.). But is there more, to describe the difference? In a lecture there will be questions ...
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How to deal with a famous speaker that gives a terrible, factually incorrect talk? [closed]

I often attend talks given by famous presenters in which I’m pretty sure that the presenter has no idea about the topic. By have no idea I mean if you are an attendee that just attracted to this talk ...
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Is it good to have slides that may be skipped during a presentation?

I am preparing a seminar talk. Currently the presentation contains some theorems and some proofs. Probably, I will not have time to explain all the proofs - I will have to skip some of them. My ...
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Is it normal that my adviser presented my work at a conference while I was there?

A couple of month ago, I was in a conference with my adviser. I had a poster and he had a talk. His talk was about my project. In fact, it was newer results that I presented in my poster. After he ...
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Grades are too high for the department - what should I do?

I recently taught an undergraduate seminar course, in which each student has to read a research paper, summarize it and present it to the class. In the first lesson I explained to the students the ...
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What can be listed as “invited talks” on your CV?

I've come to learn (the hard way) that grant referees value significantly the number of invited talks given by an applicant. I'm talking about funding instruments such as the ERC Starting Grant, where ...
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Is it good to try to present every interesting paper I study?

I am a Masters student in Mathematics. As part of my Masters project, I have to do independent study and try to "do" something: like tackling a problem of recent interest. So these days I am reading a ...
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Difference between contributed and invited talk

I am a second-year PhD student. Through a grant I was able to organize a scientific visit for myself to another university. The aim of this visit was just to talk and discuss with some of the staff ...
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Should I attend Seminars/Conferences that give Certificates upon achieving some number of attendance? [closed]

The question is self-explanatory actually. Should I attend Seminars/Conferences that give Certificates upon achieving some number of attendance? And do they have any worth if I/ to put them in my CV? ...
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How to handle the particular situation when mind goes blank during a presentation?

Does anyone experience a situation of blank mind during their presentation? I had a presentation in last month in USA. My presentation was going very well, probably due to enough practice, but during ...
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As a discussant, should I discuss my points with the presenter beforehand?

There is a good question about how to be a discussant here, but it does not cover my question. I was chosen to be a discussant for an upcoming seminar (actually, it was proposed to me by the same ...
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Which logo to use in a seminar title page?

This might sound a silly (probably it is!) question to ask. But whenever I go to give a talk at some other institute I face this dilemma of putting the host institute's logo or only my affiliation ...
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How do I ask a professor whether his seminars & lectures will be available to students from other departments?

I will apply for a PhD soon. I would be applying to the Politics department, but there is a professor in a different department who holds really interesting seminars on political topics. However, as I ...
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I want to be a guest speaker at a university

Currently, I am doing a PhD and I want be a guest speaker at one of my previous universities. The topic of my PhD is very similar to what I studied at the university and therefore, I want to give a ...
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May a man attend a workshop entitled “Young women in [domain]”?

The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics at the University of Bonn hosts workshops such as 'Young Women in Harmonic Analysis', 'Young Women in Geometry' and 'Young Women in Mathematical Physics' ...
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A seminar about women in STEM fields [closed]

I'm attending a talk that will be given by a professor that runs a social-cognitive development lab at our school, and the topic will be about his work that attempts to explain why women are less ...
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How to get the most out of a seminar?

I am a beginning graduate student in mathematics. My university holds regular seminars in different areas of mathematics, and I try to attend all of them. I like getting exposed to different areas of ...
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How to organize a graduate student seminar on pure math?

I am a first-year graduate student of pure mathematics. Now the department gives us the chance to organize graduate student seminars. I want to run a seminar based on the book called Sheaves on ...
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What to keep in a presentation intended towards invited collaboration? [closed]

I have been invited to an University to make a presentation. Main focus is to share my works with the faculties and attract for possible collaborations with them. I am wondering a step or slide where ...
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Referring to professors by their first names, when giving a talk,

I find then when giving a talk it feels weird / too formal / easy to stumble with my words when having to refer to a professor in the audience as "Professor Last Name", especially when their last name ...
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Why do professors give talks on published work without their coauthors present at the seminars?

They simply say that it is joint work with somebody. Is it primarily because one is a better speaker than the other? Like, do some professors publish a lot but choose to stay behind the scenes and ...
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Why are some courses described as “seminars”?

I noticed that occasionally, the title of a course will be something like "Special Seminar in Topic X". A student can take this special seminar course for 3 course credits, just like a regular course. ...
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Grading unsuccessful team work in a seminar

I'm the supervisor of a seminar. A team of two students is preparing a common presentation for the seminar. The team has to write a report (a preliminary version for double-blind reviewing by other ...
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Should co-author mention you in talk-abstract

Simple question: Suppose you have a joint work with another guy, and both of you agree that it is truly joint (i.e. both of you believe and agree there has been equally fundamental ideas for the ...
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Why don't professors give talks at their own departments?

Why don't professors give talks at seminars in their own departments? They travel to other schools to give talks, while seminars at their home departments consists of talks given by visitors. Is ...
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Presenting half-baked results in a department seminar

After having submitted my Ph.D. recently, I am working on a first solo paper (without my advisors). I have some interesting results, but, I have difficulty in formalizing some of the mathematical ...
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Is it bad to make a joke during a presentation ? [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in economics and working on stuff like Hopf bifurcations and limit cycles used often in mathematics. One of the graphics that I will use for my presentation is very similar to one ...
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Students and postdocs not asking questions

During and after the talks and seminars in our dept. (~80 people, ~10 groups, ~40 postdocs+PhD+Master students), it is extremely rare to see postdocs or students asking questions. 90-95% of the ...
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Presenting a new work in different seminars in the same department

I work in mathematics and sometimes my work is on the border of two different subjects: analysis (my main specialization) and geometry. In my department there are both analysis seminar and geometry ...
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How to score class participation, correcting for natural outspokenness?

When my students ask questions and participate in discussion, class is more thoughtful, more fun, and more effective. I encourage their participation by checking in with them regularly, and making ...
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How should I respond when an audience points out an issue in my research in my talk?

I am a PhD student, and just gave a talk about a model that my advisor and I have been working on in a small conference. During my talk, a professor pointed out that our model will have an serious ...
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What to keep and what to say in a 5 minutes power point presentation?

I have a power point presentation in front of our Head regarding my research and achievements. Time limit is 4 minutes presentation and 1 minute discussion. I am wondering what to keep in the PPT? I ...
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How I can subscribe to conference/seminar/workshop alerts? [closed]

Can anybody please provide me link from where I can subscribe to alerts for international conferences, seminar, workshop etc or postdoc positions ? This could be very useful for me as I generally ...
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Why would a professor assign more grades to a presentation than a report in a software engineering subject? [closed]

I am doing my master's in Software Engineering at a German university. I had been told that the seminar presentation influences the final grade more than the contents of the seminar paper. But the ...
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When giving a seminar talk, should I sit or stand?

When I give a talk (e.g. in a department seminar) it is more convenient for me to sit down, since my body is more relaxed and it is easier for me to concentrate in the talk. But, I have been told ...
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Should I lead an applause after introducing colloquium speaker?

I am introducing my first speaker at my university and, since the speaker is rather famous, I wrote a 1-2 minute introduction. The crowd will be interdisciplinary and between 100-400 people. Should ...
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Particular tone or rhythm in academic presentations

I always wonder whether there are some particular rhythms (or tones) people use while presenting their work. It seems many people I have seen talking have some particular style and they repeat that ...
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What is the best approach to fix the date in a weekly seminar/colloquium with the potential speakers by email

I am organizing a weekly seminar (at specific day of every week) at our department. We will have 12 talks for the next coming semester. We have a list of n potential people for these talks (suggested ...
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Who to invite to as a speaker?

How does one choose which speakers to invite to research seminars? There are some obvious points of consideration, for example if it is a seminar with a more or less specific topic, then the speaker ...
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How to deal with people looking at their mobile phone during my presentation?

I was invited to give a research seminar in another department, and two professors kept looking at their mobile phones while I was talking. They were doing this at the start of my talk, and they kept ...
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How to ask dumb questions

I am having trouble asking questions in seminars, conferences, and public talks. As a graduate math student I often fail to keep up with speaker and more mature members of the audience at events like ...
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How to test my understanding of an academic paper?

I am an undergraduate student in Computer science who has recently developed a very strong interest in logic and computability. I enjoy a lot reading academic papers but I am afraid that my ...
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Talks and Workshops at professional conferences like PyCon and various un-conferences

How do you present talks and workshops that you have conducted at various open source events and professional conference and events like un-conferences, in your academic CV and application form for ...
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Where to find latest videos of colloquia or other talks in your field?

I am wondering how I can find and keep updated of the latest colloquia and talks videos. I imagine that schools may take videos of talks they hosted and upload them somewhere. Of course not every ...
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Creative way to kick off a talk?

I have to do my defense seminar in couple days. I personally hate to kick off the talk with "hello and thank you for attending my talk". I am wondering if you know better ways/phrases to start a talk. ...
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Do you think a computational math student should go to student seminars about pure math?

I am a first year graduate student with thesis topic on computational math, in particular inverse problem. Based on what I know, this area requires a solid background of functional analysis and ...
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How to motivate speakers to give less specialized talks at a “colloquium?”

Our applied math department is beginning to have a serious attendance problem at our colloquium. The appropriate level for our colloquium is that any person with an undergraduate degree in a ...
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Do refreshments attract audience to seminars?

In academia, is there evidence that including phrases such as "refreshments provided" in a seminar announcement increases the average attendance (even slightly)?
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Should I worry that a graduate student somewhere gave a talk using my abstract?

I was looking for mentions of my work on the internet and I came across a seminar series in which a graduate student had given a talk using an abstract of mine. It is unpublished work which I posted ...