Why group meetings are better than seminars

PhilipJ at Biocurious, after outlining a typical seminar, tells why he finds group meeting talks more interesting:

I am finding more and more that the kind of talk given in a group meeting environment is more interesting: there’s no grand-standing, there’s no “massaging” of the data, and there is usually good discussion about the real issues faced on data analysis and collection, or the development of simulations, or what have you.

When I was a grad student, we ran an underground seminar forum (called Night Club since it was usually held on Tuesday or Wednesday nights) also for some of the reasons listed above; and, I learnt a great deal about the research in general, and about the research activities in the Department in particular through those talks.

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