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Video - PhD Bazaar 2022

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Dissemination of research results and involvement in the public debate is becoming increasingly important for DTU - and the theme of this year's DTU Compute PhD Bazaar.

Big - and sometimes nervous - smiles all day long! On July 1, DTU Compute held our summer party together with the yearly PhD Bazaar. At the PhD event, our PhD students communicate research to oneanother in a very popular way and a friendly atmosphere.

The first part of the day was a team challenge for our PhD students. From lunch until dinner, the whole department was invited for a day with inspirational talks, and pitches, and not to forget the possibility to meet colleagues and discuss, and celebrate and support our future research.

Kim Knudsen, Professor, Head of DTU Compute PhD School:

”The DTU Compute PhD Bazaar gives a platform for PhD students to present their research and get feedback, and it gives everyone an opportunity to hear about exciting PhD research and network with colleagues. It is great to experience the high quality of presentations from well-prepared PhD’s and to embed into lively discussions in a stimulating atmosphere.”

Inspiring and entertaining

Katrine Bjørn Pedersen Thoft, PhD student in the research section Algorithms, Logic and Graphs, gave a poster presentation herself besides helped arrange the day:

"The DTU Compute PhD Bazaar gives a platform for PhD students to present their research and get feedback, and it gives everyone an opportunity to hear about exciting PhD research and network with colleagues. It is great to experience the high quality of presentations from well-prepared PhD’s and to embed into lively discussions in a stimulating atmosphere"
Kim Knudsen, Professor, Head of DTU Compute PhD School

"It was inspiring to see how other PhD students across DTU Compute disseminated their research, as well as get the opportunity to practice presenting your own research to a wide audience."

"It has been exciting to be part of creating an event for the entire DTU Compute, with focus on the PhD students and the importance of disseminating their research to other researchers, but especially to everyone outside the research area," Katrine Bjørn Pedersen Thoft says.

Tim Felle Olsen has just submitted his PhD thesis and will defend it in late August. Actually, this year was the first time he has participated in the PhD Bazaar. Previous bazaars have coincided with vacations. Tim gave a talk, and the PhD event was a welcome opportunity for him:

“It was a lot of fun and entertaining to try to make a presentation. During the corona pandemic, one has not really had the time and opportunity to come to conferences. So, the PhD Bazaar has been an opportunity for me to try out a presentation that I will be giving at a graphics conference in August in Vancouver in Canada. It was really great to use it and get feedback from my fellow students, who have asked a little about my research afterward and not just at the presentation.”

In addition to gifts to the winners of the team competition, the audience award, and the jury's award for best pitch went to Sarah Ellinor Engell and Silvia De Sojo Casa, respectively. (Last picture in the gallery above.)

Engage in the public debate

President of DTU, Anders Bjarklev came by to encourage our students to engage in the public debate.

Anders Bjarklev has been pushing an agenda for some years, trying to encourage science researchers to engage in the public debate, as long as she or he spokes in her or his own research field.

“Many people, also people who decide by their numbers by voting for other people, don’t read your articles. Therefore, it is important that you raise your voices that you let people know, what you know.”

“One thing - I believe - keeps many scientists from taking part in the debate is not so much that you are afraid of the reaction from the public. But instead, what will my closest colleagues think of what I am saying? And what will my supervisor say, if she/he hears me boiling this down to something that is not covering all because it is just a small 'blip' of three years of science? ... I hope you will discuss this among yourselves, how to do this? I am quite sure your supervisor will actually not have anything against it if you do this. Your supervisor will properly say: “Great somebody took a stand and said something."

Right before dinner, Mikkel Flyverbom, Professor mso in communication and digital transformation at CBS gave his interesting and debating plenary talk: Digital transformations – agendas, responsibility, and ways forward - to develop (good) digital solutions.

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