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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 2 hours and consists of three or four 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 attend and actively participate in at least 12 colloquium sessions , in which you will give two presentations about your thesis project (one during the first phase of the thesis, one during the second phase).

Please note that the student can fail the presentation. The lecturers attending the colloquium determine whether or not 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 a Google Calendar containing all colloquium-related events. You can either directly subscribe to this calendar (Google account required).

When you are ready to present, send a request to the MBI Colloquium coordinator (currently, Bilge Yigit Ozkan) with the names of your MBI supervisors, a worktitle and whether this is your first or second presentation .

When you have made both presentations and collected the participation tokens, contact the MBI Colloquium coordinator by communicating your name and student ID to get your ECs registered.
This presentation is requied to terminate the first phase of the MBI thesis (two parts). 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 first presentation can be given only 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 around 10 minutes for questions and discussion:

  1. The speaker should present (at the end of their presentation) 1 or 2 questions to the audience. This/these question(s) can be, for example, a "request for comments" on some important decision took in the project, or asking for the experience of colleagues that dealt with a similar problem.

  2. Some short questions from the audience will be answered
This presentation is given during the second phase of the MBI thesis, when (preliminary ) results can be presented that provide answers to the research questions. The time limit is 20 minutes . The second presentation can be given only 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.

Just like for the first presentation, there will be time to answer questions from the audience, and the speaker should make 1-2 triggering questions to the audience.
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 at 11:00, 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.