Resources for Speakers



375 LeConte Hall
South Hall Road
UC Berkeley Campus
Berkley, CA 94720


If you are driving, we can provide you with a Visitor’s Parking Permit and you will be able to park behind LeConte Hall along South Drive.


The room is fitted with a projector, screen, and whiteboard. You can use your own laptop, or one can be provided for you. If you will be bringing your own laptop, please let us know in advance so we can ensure that we have the correct adaptors for the projector. We have HDMI-to-VGA and USB-C-to-VGA adapters, and can acquire a Mini DisplayPorts adapter if given advance notice; for other configurations, you may wish to bring your own equipment.

Let us know if there is anything else you might need for your presentation, and we will do our best to get it set up for you!


The Speaker Series typically attracts between 30 and 60 graduate and postgraduate audience members. Attendees are primarily from the physics, astronomy, chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, or statistics departments, with the majority being in the former three. All current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are welcome to attend.


The talks are approximately one hour. How one splits up this time between presentation, questions, and discussion is left entirely up to the speaker. Most speakers prepare a slide presentation, but this is by no means a requirement.


The content of the talk is also left up to the discretion of the speaker. The typical topics to address are:

  • How did you end up in your current field?
  • To what extent does your current work relate to the work you did during your PhD?
  • In what ways did completing a PhD prepare you for your position?
  • In what ways did your PhD not prepare you for your position?
  • What can a grad student or postdoc interested in your field do to pursue such a career?

This is meant to serve as a general guideline of what the audience is interested in learning from a speaker, and is neither an exhaustive list nor required talking points.