Listn - LANS Informal Seminar Talks Network


LANS informal seminar talks provide an informal forum for the discussion of topics related to applied mathematics, scientific computing, and numerical analysis. Talks are usually held Wednesdays at 10:30am in Room 1404-1405 of the Conference Center in Building 240 (alternately in Room 4301).

Helpful Hints for Speakers

  1. The seminars are informal so talks do not have to be perfect! You can use slides, the whiteboard, or both.
  2. Your audience has a background in computer science, applied mathematics, and/or numerical analysis so try to avoid jargon and acronyms.
  3. We may not be experts in your field so you might have to spend more time introducing equations slowly. We always like speakers who give us a broad introduction and background.
  4. Start with a 5-10 minute introduction of where your research fits into the larger scheme of things.
  5. Remember that a picture is worth a thousand words!
  6. Be prepared to answer "stupid questions" (possibly on what you consider to be textbook material), you can use the whiteboard or pictures/sketches to answer questions.
  7. We often ask lots of questions. However, you can cut us off if the questions are getting in the way of your presentation or become too specific. You can always have a more detailed discussion afterwards.
  8. Aim for 45 minutes of presentation time and allow plenty of time for questions. That can mean 20 slides for a 45 minute slides-only presentation (less is always fine).
  9. Please send us a title and short abstract to advertise your talk.

These are just some rough tips and should be adapted to your personal presentation style. If you have any special requests or suggestions, please contact Jeffrey Larson: jmlarson at anl dot gov.