Brown bag seminars are an inherent part of CERGE-EI community life. Read a short interview with Jakub Grossmann, current CERGE-EI PhD student, and learn what is the best thing about them.
You have been organizing CERGE-EI brown bag seminar this academic year. What is the best thing about brown bags, in your opinion?
The good thing about brown bag seminars is that you can actually see what research other people from CERGE-EI are doing. Since it is a rather informal series, a lot of discussion is involved. Therefore, you can rehearse your presentation in a friendly environment and get valuable feedback from your colleagues and faculty members.
Which one(s) do you remember the most and why?
Everyone is specific, and I believe that you benefit from each of them.
What should a newcomer expect from a brown bag?
It is an informal seminar during lunch hours, so if you combine two pleasant things – food and economic research, you get the brown bag seminar.
Do you think that brown bags are sufficiently promoted among our students? Do they attend them regularly? Do our faculty members visit them too?
Yes. Of course, students specialize in their favorite topics so they pick seminars based on their preferences; however, there are some who attend brown bags regularly. The situation is similar regarding faculty members.