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March 14, 2021

Emerging Researchers in Category Theory

Posted by John Baez

Eugenia Cheng is an expert on giving clear, fun math talks.

Now you can take a free class from her on how to give clear, fun math talks!

You need to be a grad student in category theory, and priority will be given to those who aren’t at fancy schools, etc.

Her course is called the Emerging Researchers in Category Theory Virtual Seminar, or Em-Cats for short. You — or some student you know! — can apply for it here:

The first round of applications is due April 30th. It looks pretty cool, and knowing Eugenia, you’ll get a lot of help on giving talks.


The aims are, broadly:

  • Help the next generation of category theorists become wonderful speakers.
  • Make use of the virtual possibilities, and give opportunities to graduate students in places where there is not a category theory group or local seminar they can usefully speak in.
  • Give an opportunity to graduate students to have a global audience, especially giving more visibility to students from less famous/large groups.
  • Make a general opportunity for community among category theorists who are more isolated than those with local groups.
  • Make a series of truly intelligible talks, which we hope students and researchers around the world will enjoy and appreciate.

Talk Preparation and Guidelines

Eugenia Cheng has experience with training graduate students in giving talks, from when she ran a similar seminar for graduate students at the University of Sheffield. Everyone did indeed give an excellent talk.

We ask that all Em-Cats speakers are willing to work with Eugenia and follow her advice. The guidelines document outlines what she believes constitutes a good talk. We acknowledge that this is to some extent a matter of opinion, but these are the guidelines for this particular seminar. Eugenia is confident that with her assistance everyone who wishes to do so will be able to give an excellent, accessible talk, and that this will benefit both the speaker and the community.

Posted at March 14, 2021 10:00 PM UTC

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