Due to the SARS-CoV2 pandemic this will be held as an online seminar. This has several implications. Any communication in the course of this seminar will be digital. That is via eMail or video conferencing software. In particular, this also holds for the talks you will have to give. You can only participate in this seminar if you can present you own talk and attend the talks of other students via a video conference software. The concrete technological solution used will the announced on a later date.
Your essay should be 10 to 12 pages. The deadline for the initial and final versions of the essay is shown in the table at the top. It should be in the style of a scientific paper. If you like, you can use our LaTeX templates as a starting point.
We will grade the initial submission of the essay. While there is a possibility for you to improve your grade with the final submission, if the initial submission is graded as fail, you will fail the seminar.
In addition to your essay, you have to submit a video of your talk. You do not need to capture images of yourself speaking - an audio track over slides is sufficient. Your talk should be roughly 30 minutes long and present your topic to the other students.
The reviews of other students' essays should be in the style of a scientific peer review. We will provide some form of rough guideline on what this means (although there is a lot of material on this available online). Note that your reviews do not factor into the grade of the papers you are reviewing. However, they will factor into your own grade. So try to write a helpful and honest review.
After you received the reviews of your essay, you will have the option to submit a final version of your essay. You can improve your own grade by incorporating useful advice you received in your reviews.
Furthermore, you have to write brief reviews of other students' talks. As with the essay reviews, these do not factor into the grade of the student you are reviewing, but into your own grade.