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 held Wednesdays at 3pm in Room 1404-1405 of the Conference Center in Building 240 (unless indicated otherwise).

Helpful Hints for Speakers

  1. The seminars are informal, so talks do not have to be perfect! You can use slides, or the white-board, or, even better, both.
  2. Your audience comes from a broad background in computer science, applied mathematics, and numerical analysis, so try to avoid jargon and acronyms.
  3. Most likely, we're not experts in your field, so you may 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. Always remember: a picture is worth a thousand words!
  6. Be prepared to answer "stupid questions" (possibly on what you consider to be text-book material), you can use the white-board or pictures/sketches to answer questions.
  7. We often ask lot's of questions. However, you can cut us off, if the question are getting in the way of your presentation or become too specific. You can always discuss detailed issues later one-on-one.
  8. Aim for at most 45 minutes of presentation time, allowing plenty of time for questions. That means 20 slides for a 45-minute slides-only presentation (less is always fine).
  9. Please send us a title and short abstract (1-2 sentences, explaining the title, more if you wish) to advertise your talk.

These are just some rough tips, you should adapt them to your personal presentation style. If you have any special requests, or suggestions, please contact Charlotte Haley: haley at anl dot gov.