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. Seminars might occur at several levels. A research seminar will discuss recent results. A course seminar will likely have students prepare and present course material.

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How to respond to senior academics after a public 'punching down' session

I commenced a Postdoc 1-2 months ago and recently presented my proposed experiments at a group meeting that was broader than my immediate team. After the short presentation I was met with a barrage of ...
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Is the ability to follow online presentations now a must-have academic skill?

I was never a big fan of live online (research and technical) presentations, lectures or seminars. I'd use pre-recorded online materials when looking into a topic myself, but I was never able to ...
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Am I taking the purposes of seminars too seriously?

I'm a grad student pursuing to Master's degree. My major is Applied Mathematics. Here I call my advisor Mr. Iggy. (Not the real name) The branch of math that Mr. Iggy researches is Algebraic Topology. ...
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Can I propose a talk in a seminar on a research paper which is under communication in a journal?

I have communicated one research paper of mathematics in a journal. Now I want to talk on that paper in a seminar/conference just for a presentation and getting a presentation certificate (probably), ...
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Dive into a paper using a reading course

I hope this question is appropriate for this site. Maybe community wiki might be a good option. I was the TA in a course for undergraduates last term. I student approached me after the course ended ...
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What does a seminar host typically do? [closed]

At the weekly seminars in my department, for any professor who's flying in to town this semester, there's typically a professor from our department that is the "host" for this seminar ...
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Should I be worried that I don't have ideas of questions to ask during seminars?

I'm a PhD student in Physics and I'm very worried about something. I have participated in two conferences in the last year. The first one was in a field related to the one I'm studying and the second ...
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Should I ask my professor giving a lecture to switch languages?

I am an international student in a German university. I have participated in an online seminar (in English),in which lecture notes are given. There are lectures in my university discussing the notes ...
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What to fill in "Company/Occupation" form for seminars while not being affiliated yet?

Oftentimes it happens that you want to attend a conference/seminar while in the middle of job switch or search. In that case, you don't have an affiliation (university or company) yet. In that case, ...
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How do weekly seminar speakers get picked by a STEM department? [closed]

When there's a weekly seminar in a STEM department that professors and grad students attend, how are these speakers given slots? Are they invited? By whom? Can they apply to speak at some weekly ...
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Tools for PDF presentations commenting that respect slides

For my problem-solving classes I prepare presentations which include a reminder on the theoretical parts, statements of the problems to be solved, some (partial) solutions, tips and so on. These ...
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Avoiding "Zoom bombing" in virtual conferences and seminars

With travel restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic, many academics are organizing online seminars and conferences as a substitute for regular in-person university seminars, colloquia, and research ...
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What is a Brown Bag Seminar?

I have seen several questions and also announcements that mention the term "brown bag" seminar. I understand that in American English "brown-bagging" means bringing your own lunch: the practice of ...
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How to overcome seminar boredom [duplicate]

I find I am frequently uninterested in the weekly seminars in my faculty, which consists of applied mathematics, fluid dynamics, and computer science. My niche is a small sliver between applied maths ...
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Contacted by head of school regarding an issue - should I be worried?

I am a PhD student at a UK university. A small part of my time is taken up by (voluntarily) organizing a monthly seminar series. The seminar is open to all PhD students in my school, and is regularly ...
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The lecturer supposed to grade my presentation fell asleep while I held it. Should I complain?

TLDR: I am attenting a seminar where the grade is based entirely on a talk I hold. The responsible lecturer fell asleep during the talk multiple times, and I am worried about my grade, feel insulted ...
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Introduction slide of myself on first slide (after title page) in faculty job seminar [closed]

I have a faculty job seminar coming up in a few weeks. Since this seminar will be attended by most faculty members in the department, I am wondering if it would be good to start the first slide (after ...
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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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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 ...