keeping with the spirit and format of a workshop, FUSE will have
a highly discursive nature, with different theme-based discussion
tracks. All invited participants will be able to present their work.
There will be plenty of time for discussion of presentations and
subsequent discussions in small focus groups.
the exact distribution of presentations and working groups please see the workshop programme.
for Working Groups
are encouraged to make in advance suggestions for working groups.
email to all participants, so everyone can comment if (s)he
Presentation and Discussion
In order to enable maximum interaction and constructive feedback
the presentation and discussion of papers will be structured as
- The author
gives a short presentation, focusing on the "best"
part of the paper, or the most challenging one. We limit the
presentation to a strictly timed 10 minutes, so please don't
give lengthy introductions or summaries. If you concentrate
on the essential messages, you will be amazed how much information
you can fit into 10 minutes.
presentation, the author should name the issues he/she
wants to be discussed in the following. They can range
from the paper's organization and presentational qualities
to the actual ideas behind the paper, depending on the maturity
of the paper or how the authors intend to proceed with it
after the workshop.
while author is "fly on the wall" (15 minutes)
the presentation, the author becomes a "fly on the wall".
This means that he/she steps outside of the group, listens to
the ongoing conversations and takes notes. The author is not
being talked to by the rest of the group (they say "the
author states...", not "you state..."), nor does
he/she respond to questions or explain unclear issues.
between the rest of the group is structured as follows.
One or two participants summarize the paper and point out
the main messages from their perspective.
feedback. All participants exchange their views on the
positive aspects of the paper and/or its ideas, with respect
to topic, presentation, practical relevance, impact on research,
and suggestions for improvement.
The participants ask questions about the paper (to the other
participants!) and make suggestions on how to improve the
paper or how to proceed with the work in general. It is
possible to make critical statements, but always with the
goal of improvement in mind. Again, all aspects can be taken
The last round of discussion consists again of positive
remarks. It should encourage the author to build further
on the good parts of his/her work.
with author (5 minutes)
- The author(s)
returns to the group. Now, he/she has the opportunity to ask
himself questions for clarification, answer previous questions,
and initiate further discussions that he/she wants to participate
some of this steps may seem strange at first, experience shows that
in concert, all these steps contribute to a very constructive atmosphere.
The authors gain valuable feedback for their work and are encouraged
to further elaborate on its positive side.
papers in advance!
In order to
give yourself and your fellow participants a chance to make the
most of these two days, it is extremely important to read most
papers in advance carefully. Do this at least for the papers
scheduled in the same session as yours - you might be asked to summarize
one(!). Please make notes about what things you like about each
paper, and what can be improved in your opinion. The discussions
will heavily benefit from doing so.