Monday Seminars

Each student in the PhD programme presents his/her work once a year at the Monday seminar, held on Mondays from 12.30 - 13.30 in the IMP lecture hall. These are attended by other PhD students, post docs and members of the faculty.


The purpose of Monday seminars

The scientific world demands effective communication. The ability to give a good presentation and convey ideas succinctly is built up through a lot of practice as well as constructive criticism. In summary, the benefits of the Monday seminars are two-fold. One, this is essential in the academic development of a PhD student, and two, it helps to nourish an intellectually stimulating environment at the Biocenter.

The Mattias Lauwers Award

The Lauwers family would like to announce the creation of the Mattias Lauwers award. This award will be given on an annual basis to the PhD student who gives the best Monday seminar. Further details of the award are available here.

Useful facts

Speakers are responsible for the organization of a chairperson. The role of the chairperson is the same as in any scientific meeting: To lead the discussion, make sure the speaker keeps to time and for asking a question (in moments of silence). In addition, he/she will briefly introduce the speaker.

The time for each presentation is 15 min (plus 5 minutes for discussion). No overtime will be tolerated. It is the job of the chair to look after this. Also please remember that you have a multidisciplinary audience, i.e. do not save time by shortening the introduction. 

Changes (to the schedule) can only be made under exceptional circumstances – “lack of data” will not be accepted as an excuse. All changes have to be approved by Opens window for sending emailManuela Steurer at the IMP (ext. 3002). 

Faculty will stay behind after each Monday’s session together with the speakers to give specific feedback on the seminar and to discuss the presentation style.

Useful tips

  • Be selective: pick one project out of the many you may have
  • Techniques should be kept to an absolute minimum
  • Be simple, clear and precise
  • Remember that your target audience comes from a broad scientific background
  • Rough guide: 7min intro, 7min results/conclusions, 1min future plans
  • Remember the 3 Ps: Preparation, Planning and Practice