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From: Robert Stevens <robert.stev...@manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Subject: Call for School Seminar speakers
To: acst...@cs.man.ac.uk, rast...@cs.man.ac.uk,
research-stude...@cs.man.ac.uk, Matthew makin
The time has come to start forming the next semester's programme of
school research seminars. One of my jobs is to try and enhance the
role school research seminars play, and here's where we start.
Too often school seminars are soley presentations to a particular
research group. This is OK as far as it goes, but we should be able
to do better. Our PGR students should go to more seminar, as should
staff. Ideally, we'd like seminars that attracted PGT and UG students
There are at least two routes to this goal:
1. Invite speakers from a broader range of backgrounds that can talk
about issues of wide appeal;
2. Ask speakers to give more general talks follwoing a rule of 1/3 of
the talk for everyone; 1/3 for the target research community and 1/3
for the speaker him/herself.
So, we want speakers to draw in wider audiences. As a host of a school
seminar, one of your duties wil lbe to encourage the speaker to be
inclusive. If you have a group seminar and the speaker fits the bill,
get the school to pay and we'll badge it as a school seminar; these do
not have to be on a Wednesday afternoon. We can also have speakers
from within the school and other bits of the university. My main aim
is to have talks of wider appeal and thus more people going to school
seminars - including myself.
Email me with suggestions that fit the bill. Matt Makin
(matthew.ma...@cs.man.ac.uk)in ACSO wil be looking after scheduling.
Reader in bio-health Informatics
School of Computer Science
University of manchester