SCCS Colloquium

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Note: This page is outdated. Go to the new page of the SCCS Colloquium.

Due to regulations regarding the COVID-19 situation, all the SCCS Colloquium sessions with physical presence are cancelled until further notice. If you need to present your work as part of a graded project, please contact your advisor. Projects that need to and can be presented via videoconference as part of a graded exam can be hosted.

The SC²S Colloquium is a forum giving students, guests, and members of the chair the opportunity to present their research insights, results, and challenges.

Do you need ideas for your thesis topic? Do you want to meet your potential supervisor? Do you want to discuss your research with a diverse group of researchers, rehearse your conference talk, or simply cheer for your colleagues? This is the right place for you!

When and where: Wednesdays at 3 pm, in the room 02.07.023. Our Colloquium is a public event and guests are always welcome!

You don't want to miss a talk? Subscribe to our mailing list and our Colloquium calendar (iCal link, updated regularly).


Note: The Colloquium page was moved. Find the current schedule at the new page of the SCCS Colloquium.


Colloquium slots normally every Wednesday at 15:00, now on BigBlueButton.

  • Sabrina Krallmann: Implementation and Analysis of Parallelization Algorithms for Molecular Dynamics Simulations
    Bachelor's thesis submission talk. Sabrina is advised by Fabio Gratl.
    October 14, 15:00-16:00, Online (BBB)
  • Vincent Fischer: Implementation and Analysis of Load Balancing Options for AutoPas' Sliced Traversal
    Bachelor's thesis submission talk. Vincent is advised by Fabio Gratl.
    October 14, 15:00-16:00, Online (BBB)
  • Wolf Thieme: Parallelization of Existing Tuning Strategies in AutoPas using MPI
    Bachelor's thesis submission talk. Wolf is advised by Fabio Gratl.
    October 21, 15:00-16:00, Online (BBB)

Past Colloquia

Older colloquia can be found here (since WS2007/08) and here (older than WS2007/08).

Information for speakers


To register and schedule a talk, you should fill the form Colloquium Registration at least two weeks before the earliest desired date. Keep in mind that we only have limited slots, so please plan your presentation early. In special cases contact

  • Students doing their Master's thesis at our chair are expected to give two talks:
    • The first talk presents the topic, the status quo, and the research plan. This should be placed early (first month of the work), such that colleagues can comment and give adequate feedback. It also helps students to structure their coming work. (10 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
    • The second talk presents the thesis' results and insights. (20 minutes + 5 to 10 minutes discussions)
  • Students doing their Bachelor's thesis, IDP, Guided Research, Semesterarbeit etc. at the chair are supposed to give one talk. This presents the thesis' results and insights. (20 minutes + 5 to 10 minutes discussions)
  • Doctoral candidates and guest researchers are always very welcome to give a talk to our colloquium as well. We recommend the 20min talk + 5-10min discussion format, but we can also host longer talks.

Room and equipment

The SCCS Colloquium normally takes place in the room 02.07.023. In case you want to rehearse your presentation, you can freely enter when the room is available. In special cases, we may use a different room.

The room is equiped with a projector EPSON EB-4650. The projection area is optimized for 4:3, but 16:9 is also large enough for the room. Please set your laptop's resolution to fit the format you want (a 4:3 resolution will make the projector occupy the complete projection panel).

We recommend that you use your own laptop (please bring your own adapters). We can also provide a laptop which runs Linux (i.e. no Microsoft Office). Please export your slides in PDF format beforehand (a USB drive will be available). Please contact us in case you need this option

We can also provide you with a presenter/laser pointer (Logitech R400, USB) and whiteboard markers.

Room 02.07.023

Seminar room MI 02.07.023
  • Capacity: 34 seats (5 rows)
  • Projector connections: HDMI only
  • Writing surface: two sliding whiteboards
  • Availability: TUMonline calendar

What to expect

During the colloquium, things usually go as follows:

  • 10-15min before the colloquium starts, the speakers setup their laptops or transfer the presentations to the moderator's laptop. The moderator currently is Gerasimos Chourdakis.
  • The colloquium starts with an introduction to the agenda and the moderator asks the speaker's advisor/host to put the talk into context.
  • Your talk starts. The scheduled time for your talk is normally 20min with additional 5-10min for discussion. Introduction talks are allocated 10min.
  • The moderator keeps track of the time and will stand up at the end of your time, after which point you should try to wrap up the most important remaining points. Auxiliary to that, there may be a 20min visual timer that shows the remaining time and beeps shortly (and quietly) at the end. You can also tell the moderator if you prefer to keep track of time for yourself. The moderator will pause the time tracking if any discussion pops up.
  • During the discussion session, the audience can ask questions, which are meant for clarification or for putting the talk into context.
  • Congratulations! Your talk is over and it's now time to celebrate! Have you already tried the parabolic slides that bring you from the third floor to the Magistrale?

Preparing a great talk

Do you remember a talk that made you feel very happy for attending? Do you also remember a talk that confused you? What was different between the two?

Here are a few things to check if you want to improve your presentation:

  • What is the main idea that you want people to remember after your presentation? Do you make it crystal-clear? How quickly are you arriving to it?
  • Which aspects of your work can you cover in the time frame, with a reasonable pace and good depth?
  • What can you leave out (but maybe have as back-up slides) to not confuse or overwhelm the audience?
  • How are you investing the crucial first two minutes of your presentation?
  • How much content do you have on your slides? Is all of it important? Will the audience know which part of a slide to look at? Will somebody from the last row be able to read the content? Will somebody with limited experience in your field have time to understand what is going on?
  • Are the figures clear? Are you explaining the axes or any other features clearly?
  • Which questions would you like the audience to ask you? How can you trigger these?

In any case, make sure to start preparing your talk early enough so that you can potentially discuss it, rehearse it, and improve it.

Here are a few good videos to find out more:

Did you know that the TUM English Writing Center can also help you with writing good slides?