Group Meeting

The Quantum Fluids group meets every week, Mondays at 4pm in room G04 of the New Horizons building. This meeting alternates between progress report, where 5 members will discuss the recent progress they have made for ~10 minutes, and journal club, where one member will guide discourse on a relevant paper of their choice. Each week a new chair will host the meeting, providing light refreshments for the members of the group, helping guide discussion and keep the meeting on time.

2017 schedule

Date Chaired by Progress reports Journal club Materials
03 Apr Lincoln   Pekko  Experimental realization of a Dirac monopole through the decay of an isolated monopole
10 Apr Seb Tim Tom K Tapio Shaun Tom M  
17 Apr Easter
24 Apr Kris Lincoln  
1 May Rahil Phil Andrew Seb Shimpei Zheyu  
8 May Meera Jesper   
15 May Zheyu Rahil Emma Tom K Matt Lincoln  
22 May Shaun  Meera  
29 May   Shimpei Eike  Meera Jesper Pekko Tim  
5 Jun Tapio  Kris  
12 Jun Emma Shimpei Tapio Shaun Tom M Phil  
19 Jun Tim Tapio  
26 Jun Tom M Andrew Seb  Rahil Shimpei Zheyu  
3 Jul Russ Tim  
10 Jul Matt Emma Phil Lincoln Kris Eike  
17 Jul Kris  Russ
24 Jul Lincoln Matt Shaun Pekko Tim Russ
31 Jul Seb Jesper


I’m chairing group meeting next week, what do I do?

Chairing group meeting isn’t a big deal – but here are some tips:

  • The day before:
    • Send a reminder to the group, listing the journal paper and/or progress reporters.
  • Monday morning:
    • Send a reminder email? We’ll automate this one day, but for now, a reminder doesn’t hurt.
    • Bring some snacks to share
    • Make sure you know who is giving progress reports or journal club.
    • Also good if you can note who is chairing, reporting and clubbing next week, to remind them at the end of the meeting.
  • At group meeting:
    • Ask if anyone has news or another matter they’d like to discuss.
    • Invite the progress reporters to tell everyone what they’ve been working on, and/or discuss bigger picture plans.
    • Discussion is good! Sometimes it happens, sometimes you might need to ask if anyone has any questions. Keep it to about 10 minutes per report, but it’s not critical.
    • Introduce the journal club speaker.
    • Ideally the journal club goes for ~ 30 mins and there is discussion during or afterwards.
  • At the end of group meeting:
    • Announce next week’s chair, progress reporters or journal club presenter.
    • Close the meeting before 5pm.*
  • Afterwards:
    • If anyone swapped places or didn’t give a report, please take note and send Seb an email to edit the schedule above to reflect this.

 I’m leading a journal discussion, what do I do?

First, find a paper. If you’ve come across something interesting recently, great!
A good place to start is Matt’s arXiv selection – Matt Davis from UQ reviews new posts on the arXiv every week (well, almost) and picks out the interesting abstracts. Matt is a BEC theorist, so his list tends to miss some interesting technical papers. And high-profile papers in Nature and Science often don’t go on the arXiv first…

If you’re at a loss, speak to others in the group.

Then edit this page and add a link to the paper you reviewed in the Materials column of the schedule table.

If you find a paper you’d like to discuss before you’re scheduled to present, please arrange to swap with an upcoming scheduled presenter and modify the table below accordingly. “Rules” are:

  • Aim to announce the paper for discussion at the journal club before yours, i.e. 2 weeks ahead of time.
  • One paper (though of course you can read more – but focus on one paper)
  • No slides! (unless there’s a nice movie or similar which you can’t draw on the whiteboard)
  • 30 minutes (but great if discussion goes longer)
  • Short(ish) papers are better. No review articles!
  • If an earlier paper needs to be presented to understand a particular experiment/technique, present that instead! (To a degree, we want to keep journal club relatively cutting edge, and not regress too far with prerequisites.)
  • Send around the published version if the paper is in print (the arXiv version may be different, and it’s harder to reference text during the discussion if people are viewing different versions).