The forum@MSD series is a new format we’re experimenting in collaboration with the Material Science Division at Berkeley Lab, where we bring a top scientist to introduce a scientific subject, and we let two or three postdocs presenting their research.
The forum is aimed at cultivating collaboration across MSD among early- career scientists. Postdocs, introduced by their PIs, discuss your work in a manner accessible to non-experts. The talks are not be limited to published results, rather the ongoing day-to-day nature of gathering results; topics for discussion include :
- Nuts and bolts of gathering results
- Obstacles you encountered – technical or otherwise
- Dealing with ‘negative results’
- Topic change from previous work
Our first event on November 9th, 2016 featured Topological Insulators, the topic related to the Nobel Prize this year. Joel Moore gave a theoretical introduction to the subject; young scientists Kenny Gotlieb and Liang Wu shared their research, followed by a hearty discussion !