Merton Presentations

Dear Second Year Physicists,

As part of your practical work for this year, you are supposed to give a brief talk (maximum 20 minutes including questions) on a subject of your choice. Yes, your 20 min of fame is coming up this term! I am in charge, but more as a passive advisor than an organiser.  The deal is: you organise and run the show and I seat, comment, evaluate and (hopefully) enjoy the performance. 

This is, roughly, how it works

  •  Choose a topic

You can talk just about anything, as long as it is interesting. I do not have any specific suggestions, just google "physics breakthrough of the year” or the like, and see what you get. Essentially anything that will keep me, and others, awake for fifteen to twenty minutes is fine. It does not have to be physics; I welcome any wacky topics. For guidance on style and delivery take a look at

Let me know your choice by the end of the 3rd Week and I'll get back to you with some comments. You may also approach Alex Schekochihin, who will be happy to advise you on the selection of material and the structure of your presentation.

  • Try your oratorical skills on me

I will have brief sessions with you all during the 6th Week (Tuesday and Wednesday, 16:00-18:00). On Tuesday we will meet in Fitzjames 1 and on Wednesday in Ian Taylor Room. 

Tuesday Wednesday
16:00 - 16:30Kirill Sasin Oliver Paulin
16:30 - 17:00Uros Ristivojevic Joey Li
17:00 - 17:30Max Plummer Pablo Espinoza
17:30 - 18:00Matthew Davis

Call it a rehearsal session, if you wish. I will ask you to go through your presentation, after which we will discuss ways of improving it. Please prepare not more than two pages (one sheet of paper) of a handout, with some references, key equations and the like. 

  • The Grand Finale

The final presentations are scheduled for the 8th Week (Tuesday, 16:00-19:00) in Ian Taylor Room. You should all come to all of the talks. Feel free to invite your friends and colleagues. First Year Physicists are in particular welcome. Bring few copies of your handout, to be distributed to your audience. Refreshments will be provided.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.