Sussex PDEs 15/09/14 – Jan Kristensen

Setting and Scene

Formal presentation in the lecture theatre


Speaker and audience consisting of students and academics


To present research progress

Act Sequence

Presentation with slides followed by Q&A. The presentation began with an overview of the topic’s history


Formal and academic


Technical and colloquial vocabulary, slides with notation, writings on chalkboard. The presenter often reads the content of the slides and then re-explains it using more colloquial and metaphorical language.


Older academics more likely to ask questions at the end. Questions during the main talk limited to very brief clarifications.


Interestingly, Kristensen’s account of the history of the subject favours a more recent paper giving an “overview”, summarising the results of others in a more concise and understandable way.

There were various examples of linear causal reasoning: if (1), then (2). Certain pieces of information were given as conditions, context or situation, and even if written after the rest placed to the top left of the rest of the text.

Some references were also made to processes to be carried out by an unknown person:

this definition has to be modified…


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