The PhD Seminars of INRIA Sophia-Antipolis changes is format!

New structure of the PhD Seminars

The PhD Seminars of Inria Sophia Antipolis – Méditerranée are intended for the PhD candidates of  SFA and STIC Doctoral Schools. However, they can only be organized by PhD students with an INRIA contract.

Their aim is to allow the participants to share their knowledge, and to promote collaborations, all in a friendly and interactive way. They are mainly addressed to and conducted by PhD students; however, postdocs, engineers and interns are more than welcome to participate to the talks.

The seminars take place every other Monday and are MANDATORY for all PhD students at INRIA. The average duration is one hour. Typically, each seminar comprises 2 flash presentations followed by a longer talk.

The flash talks are the occasion for new PhD students (but also more advanced one) to introduce themself and their background, present their team and their PhD project without talking about results, just to know better your future work.

The longer talks could be a scientific talk, a trial talk but can also be a research life presentation.

Research life presentations tackle problems or challenges we are all facing during our research life: how to make a good presentation or poster, how to find collaborations or work with people from others fields, get a good position, participate at the center life, etc.

On the other hand, the scientific talks are a good exercice to present your work in a simple way.  It can also be a rehearsal for a upcoming presentation that we call Trial talk.

Each flash talk lasts around 5 min and the longer talk may last from 25 to 45 min, depending on the speaker’s choice. The remaining time is dedicated to questions.

Calendar of upcoming events.

Types of talks

For all the talks, don’t hesitate to contact a member of the PhD seminar organizing team. We will be more than happy to help!

Flash presentations

Flash presentations usually last around 5 min. The PhD student presents his scholar background, his team with the permanent people in it and their research in a few words, and finally their PhD project.

Scientific talks

Scientific talks are the main part of each seminar. The aim of each talk is to present the subject in a concise way, so that it is understood by all attendees.  They are almost always delivered by PhD candidates. The materials of the scientific talks are uploaded onto the website with the approval of the speaker.

The scientific talks of the PhD seminars usually follow a specific theme. These themes are defined by the 5 fields of research of Inria.

  • Applied Mathematics, Computation and Simulation
  • Digital Health, Biology and Earth
  • Networks, systems and services, distributed computing
  • Algorithmics, Programming, Software and Architecture
  • Perception, Cognition & Interaction

Guidelines for the organization of a scientific talk.

Past talks.

Research life talks

General interest talks organized around thematics that appeal to the attendees’ curiosity or best interests. Their range of subjects include presentations of the center’s structures (AGOS, MASTIC, SED, etc…), tutorials, and mini – formations.

Trial talks

Trial talks allow the speaker to prepare for a conference or thesis defense talk. During a trial talk, the audience is called to pay more attention to the presentation and layout of the subject and material, rather than its scientific content. Following each trial talk, the speaker may, if they wish it, receive helpful comments about the talk.

Note that, since the audience is composed of people from different fields, scientific talks ought to be as general as possible.

Guidelines for the organization of a scientific talk.

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