In universities colloquia are part of the academic culture. During such colloquia academics present recent and ongoing work and discuss it with colleagues. Attending such colloquia and participating in the debates going on there is thus a good way to become familiar with actual topics and trends in research and with academic culture in general. In the PSTS programme there are several types of colloquia:
- Section level: both the sections of Philosophy and STəPS organise a series of lectures and presentations, often featuring guest speakers honouring the UT with a visit.
- Research group level: within the sections, there are theme-oriented research groups, focusing for example on Technology & Values, or on Human-Technology Relations. During these meetings, UT staff members present their work in progress and discuss it with colleagues and students.
- Graduation colloquia: graduating PSTS students present their Master’s thesis during a meeting that is open to all.
All colloquia are announced on the PSTS Canvas site. Students in PSTS are required to attend at least 8 colloquia during their two years of studies. Ideally, you have already attended eight colloquia at the end of Q1 of the 2nd year. Attendance is monitored and registered. You have to sign the attendance form at the colloquium. In case there is no attendance list present, students have to make their own list with all attendees (incl. date, name of the speaker and topic of the colloquium), and have this list signed by the coordinator of the colloquium (and hand it in at the Educational Affairs Office PSTS). The Educational Affairs Office PSTS keeps record of the colloquia that you attended