2015/WhySo

Workshop structure

The Telluride Workshop is focused on hands-on project work with talks meant to complement the projects. In the past, we have suffered through long and overfull Powerpoint bullet attacks, filled with detailed research results that taxed listeners to their knees. Discussion was stifled by the speakers' need to hit the audience with a deluge of information and the large number of long talks made it hard to get going on the projects.

The Telluride workshop will try to move its presentations back to its roots, which are centered on the identification of open problems and questions and attempts to find routes to their resolution. Keeping in mind that the Telluride workshop has many newcomers, we will try to keep our roots in education, by including basic tutorials on fields and methods, along with lots of hands-on project work which is guided by leaders in the fields.

In keeping with this goal, we are now identifying two types of presentation: 1) the Discussion and 2) the Lecture_Tutorial. The Discussion is meant to present and interactively discuss IDEAS. The Lecture_Tutorial is the old style, presentation of material meant to "Show lots of photos/diagrams/data" or "give a comprehensive overview of a field". Discussions must finish presentation of slides at the halfway point to start discussion of the material presented.

The topic area leaders are largely responsible for arranging each day's morning discussion session with these aims in mind. One to several presenters each morning should try to stimulate the audience to an active debate, centered around identification of open problems and possible approaches to their resolution. Topic leaders can recruit their presenters from anyone at the workshop and are not limited to their invitees. The presentation guide? spells out the format in more detail.

Of course speakers should preface the discussion with background for the uninitiated; these morning sessions however are not the place for an extensive beginners tutorial - these tutorials will take place in the afternoons of the first week - and are also not the place for detailed results from your lab's accomplishments, except to the extent that these accomplishments are relevant to the aims of the workshop and raise new questions.