Lab Meeting Information

Note that the meetings are on Monday after lunch, from 12:30 to 13:30. Each meeting two people from the group have the floor. In 25 minutes each group member presents their research, some open problem(s) or results. This meeting is not only to practice presenting (to a non-expert audience), but also to give and receive feedback.

The general format is:

  • 10 min: general announcements, general remarks for the interest for the whole group/questions for the whole group,
  • Max 25 min: Speaker 1 (15-20 min presentation, 5-10 min questions/discussion)
  • Max 25 min: Speaker 2 (15-20 min presentation, 5-10 min questions/discussion)
  • Meeting ends.
  • Post-meeting discussion: optionally 15 min extra: more in-depth discussions for interested people that have more detailed questions for the presenter(s). The room has been reserved for an extra 15 minutes.


Lab meeting Responsibilities of the Chair

  • Get the key for the room of the lab meeting at the reception. See the Calendar for the location of the meeting. Please open the room of the lab meeting 5 minutes before the meeting starts.
  • The chair of the day should make sure the meeting starts on time.
  • Make sure that people stick with the format: Questions that are too detailed / irrelevant: defer them to the discussion after the meeting.
  • Time all sessions. For the presenter, let them know how much time they have left (announce 10 / 5 min left).
  • If needed, lead the discussion / question time.


Lab meeting Feedback

  • Feedback on the presentation by all members of the audience is encouraged. At the very least the supervisor is responsible for providing feedback.
  • The supervisor has a responsibility that the Monday presentation quality is "good enough". How to organize that is supervisor-supervisee dependent.


Lab meeting Remarks

  • Talks do not have to be on finished work (but can be). In fact, talks with unfinished work are the most useful, since you can get feedback on how to proceed / solve a problem.
  • Please indicate at the beginning of a lab meeting what you hope (as a presenter) to get out of it. Then people can anticipate this. For example, if you want to have content-feedback, or want suggestions for future work, voice this at the beginning.