The seminars is organized and maintained by the PhD Students. This provides the opportunity to practice presentation skills within a less formal environment and to learn how to explain difficult things in a short and easy way, independent of prior knowledge. It is not only a source of new information about scientific topics but also a good chance to meet your peers. The PhD seminars are announced via e-mail to the PhD mailing list and take place every second Thursdays at 15:00 o'clock.
A regular PhD seminar includes talks from two doctoral candidates that differ in the objective. The chair of the seminar is responsible for a proper conduct and guide the speaker and the audience through the program of the seminar. Additionally, a mentor is appointed for each seminar.
PhD Seminar calendar
You can find the actual calendar in the Intranet
Regulations for the seminar
Seminar speaker (15 to 20 minutes)
The regular seminar is held by PhD students about a topic free of choice related to the PhD thesis or at least with a general introduction into the topic. The student should not repeat the state of the art of their thesis! Instead, the student should give a comprehensive introduction into the topic and present all the information in such way, that people outside this area of research will understand it. The goal is to give a clear overview of the topic to your colleagues in 15-20 min.
The presentation should include all references. As a listener you should be able to grasp the major points of the topic and be able to discuss the topic with other scientists.
Hot Topic speaker (5 to 10 minutes)
A hot topic is a subject that a scientist should have heard about since this topic is in the current focus of important journals (e.g. Nature, Science) or meetings. Furthermore, a hot topic can also be a new revolutionary technique. You may learn about hot topics from discussions with other scientists or by reading Nature, Science and so on. The hot topic do not necessarily need to be related to the plant field, but to biological science in general!
The hot topic has to be a short and firm presentation and includes the references. As a listener you will probably not understand immediately everything about the topic, but you are informed, you learned the keywords and you will know where to search for more information.
Chair of PhD Seminar
The chair welcomes the audience and introduces the speaker of the seminar and the hot topic. During presentations, the chair is responsible to warn the speakers that they are nearing the end of their allotted time and cut them off once this time is passed. After the talks, the chair directs the order and duration of questions for a lively discussion. Additionally, the chair is responsible for the distribution of the evaluation sheets at the beginning of the seminar among all participants and for the signature list at the end of the seminar.
Mentor of PhD Seminar
The mentor of each PhD seminar is responsible to encourage questions from the student body and give each student critical (i.e. guidance and praise) feedback regarding their presentations. This feedback should be given personally to the each student after the seminar is over.
Any PhD student who is going to give a seminar may contact its mentor to get assistance in talk preparation and in case of other questions related to the seminar.
Procedure of the seminar:
1. Preparation of the presentation room and distribution of evaluation sheets
2. Introduction of the seminar speaker by the chair
3. Seminar talk (15 to 20 minutes)
4. Guided discussion on the content of the seminar (~5 to 10 minutes)
5. Introduction of the hot topic speaker by the chair
6. Hot topic talk (5 to 10 minutes)
7. Guided discussion on the content of the hot topic (~5 minutes)
8. Comments on the presentation style of the speakers (evaluation sheets) (< 5 min)
9. Sign in in participation list
10. Collecting of evaluation sheets and handle over to the speakers
11. Closing of session by chair