Interaction Mechanisms

CSH astro-ph Coffee and Lunch

CSH astro-ph Coffee and Lunch

The CSH astro-ph Coffee is an informal mechanism to chat about the latest preprints/papers posted on arXiv/astro-ph.  Once a week in the morning, we gather around a table in our coffee room and discuss the highlights of what we read on the arXiv.  We use this mechanism partially as a filter for selecting the most interesting papers to discuss during the CSH Journal Club, where we dive into greater detail.

The CSH Lunch has two purposes.  The first is to allow our CSH Colloquium and Seminar speakers a forum for discussing work other than what they will present in their talks.  The second is for our students and postdocs to practise giving short, 10-minute talks based on research they have been doing.  One may discuss research ideas that are not yet finalized or even fully formed, and gather feedback from our local community.  Note that Powerpoint/Keynote slides are banned from the CSH Lunch.  The encouraged practice is to bring one plot printed on a single piece of paper (and multiple copies of this for everyone to share).  Your challenge is to convince us why your scientific result is interesting without using presentation slides.  (To the students and postdocs: this is an incredibly useful career skill that is to your advantage to develop.). The result you will share should be something you have been thinking about day and night, so there is little to no preparation time needed.  Basically, share with us your mental universe and tell us why it is interesting to you.

Both mechanisms are less about the coffee/tea and food than the discussion of research in an informal setting.

Archive of CSH Lunches
10/05/2017 Konstantin Batygin (Caltech), Ted Bergin (Michigan) Planet 9, general relativity, astrochemistry 
17/05/2017 Roberto Trotta (Imperial), Nikku Madhusudhan (Cambridge)  Philosophy of science
07/06/2017 Zoe Leinhardt (Bristol), Patricio Becerra (Bern), Kevin Schawinski (ETH Zurich) Planet formation, Martian glaciology, machine learning
20/09/2017 Richard Nelson (London), Simon Grimm (Bern)  Instabilities in protoplanetary disks, TTVs, TRAPPIST-1