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Welcome to the MBI Colloquium website

The MBI Colloquium is a bi-weekly meeting in which students interact about their thesis progress. A colloquium meeting typically lasts two hours and consists of two or three  student presentations. Participation in the MBI Colloquium is one of the requirements to graduate from the MBI program. Exceptions to participation are granted to students who are conducting their thesis abroad.

To pass the course, you need to have 11 tokens in total. You need to attend and actively participate in at least 8 colloquium sessions  (3 tokens can both be colloquium sessions or theses defences of other students), in which you will give one presentation about your thesis project (after finishing  the first phase of the thesis). In the same session, you will be the discussant for another presenter. For the discussant role, you will receive the long proposal of the presenter beforehand. You are expected to prepare 1-2 slides about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) regarding the research project of the presenter. The discussant role will be assigned to you by default. You are expected to participate in the discussions and also provide feedback to the presenters using the feedback forms.

Please note that the student can fail the presentation. The lecturers attending the colloquium determine whether a presentation is sufficient. If not, the presentation needs to be re-attempted.

To receive regular reminders about the colloquium, please subscribe to our mailing list. There is also an Outlook  Calendar (MBICalendar) containing all MBI-related events. After finishing phase 1, preferably in between 3 and 7 months of your project,  check the schedule from the colloquium calendar when you are ready to present, get approval from your supervisor for a possible date, and send a request to the MBI Colloquium coordinator (currently, Bilge Yigit Ozkan). This request should include the names of your MBI supervisors, a worktitle and your long proposal (in pdf format) attached, with your first supervisor in CC. Any request not including the aforementioned information will not be processed by the MBI colloquium coordinator. The presentation cannot be scheduled sooner than 2 weeks after receiving the long proposal. The session registration closes two weeks before the session. This will provide enough time for the discussants to prepare for their presentations.

You can also collect tokens by attending the thesis defences in the MBI program. You can see the schedule of the defences in the MBICalendar. You need to make sure your name is on the attendance list for the thesis defence. You can get at most 3 tokens by attending the defences.

If you are a student defending your thesis, please use this template attendance list for keeping the attendance in your defence session and send it to the MBI colloquium coordinator after the defence. The last signature of the attendance list should be the signature of your first supervisor. The attendees in your defence will be able to get tokens for the MBI colloquium.

Intended learning outcomes. A student who successfully attends the course can:

  1. Clearly present his or her research work to an audience of junior and senior researchers in information science
  2. Orally contribute to the scientific discussion after the presentation of a topic in information science, by acting as a discussant or by making questions
  3. Provide to-the-point written feedback about an oral presentation

When you have made your presentation and collected the participation tokens, contact the MBI Colloquium coordinator by communicating your name and student ID to get your ECs registered.


Presenting at the colloquium is required after finishing the first phase of the MBI thesis (between month 3 and 7). You will have at most 15 minutes for your exposition, and the presentation will be about the problem, research questions, research method, and the study of the literature. The presentation can be given only if the student has passed the first phase of the thesis (and it is registered in Osiris Zaak), after the first supervisor has explicitly given the student permission to present, and if (s)he has approved the slides two days ahead of the colloquium.

After the presentation, there will be 5 to 10 minutes for the discussion to take place:

  1. The discussant presents his SWOT slide (see later) and discusses the paper
  2. Follow-up discussion takes place including the entire audience

In the same session you will be presenting, you will also be the discussant for another presenter.

For the discussant role, you will receive the long proposal of the presenter beforehand. You are expected to prepare 1-2 slides about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) regarding the research project of the presenter. You will discuss your findings in 3-5 minutes trying to engage the audience in the discussion.

You can use the following template to do your SWOT analysis. Read the long proposal and try to identity the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for the problem statement, the research question, the research method and the literature study. The format to use to present your finding is up to you.

    Problem statement Research questions Research method Literature study
Internal Strengths        
Weaknesses        
External Opportunities        
Threats        

The discussant role will be assigned to you by default. If you’re scheduled as the first speaker, you will be the discussant for the third speaker. If you’re the second speaker, you will be the discussant for the first speaker. If you’re the third speaker, you will be the discussant for the second speaker.

There is also a bi-weekly O&I research colloquium, where staff members of the MBI programme present their research. Students interested in the research of staff members are invited to attend these meetings. The research colloquium also takes place every two Mondays, and its schedule alternates with the regular thesis colloquium – in a Monday with no thesis colloquium there is (usually) a research colloquium. The calendar shown in this page also details the schedule of the O&I research colloquium.