Tomorrow: Final seminar. It is getting close...

Back in Sweden since Sunday. Jetlag is not a problem, but the slush of southern Sweden that fell from the sky this morning is just not welcome.

As a part of the dissertation process the PhD candidates at my department usually take their thesis manuscripts through an early form of dissertation opposition procedure. We call that a final seminar and is basically an internal seminar in which the colleagues of the PhD candidate (other PhD students, associate professors, supervisors) discuss an early draft of the PhD thesis.

Tomorrow it is my turn to be the target for such a discussion. Actually feels a bit weird after having participated in a number of my colleagues final seminars it has no come to the point of my own. I guess that feeling will be even more evident on the day of dissertation.

It is a good procedure with these final seminars. It feels nice having a number of colleagues going through the thesis manuscript to help out in trying to improve it. In that way the process of writing up the thesis becomes less isolated and more fun. It is a really good climate here at my department with many nice colleagues helping each other out in the research activities (rather than trying to compete which is not uncommon in academia).

So, wish me luck tomorrow! 


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