Lab meeting

The Lab meeting is an assembly of researchers and students discussing research. Lab meetings provide:

  • an opportunity to share your own research as well as learn more about what your colleagues are doing;
  • a venue for practicing presentation skills and providing and receiving constructive feedback in a supportive environment;
  • a forum for communication about current progress, upcoming events and collaborative efforts.

Lab meetings can take many forms. The speaker has 45' minutes and s/he decides the format: we might have more formal meetings where someone busts out the projector or overhead and presents research. Other times we may simply chat about recent developments and new ideas. 

For Bachelor and Master students:

Students interested to have me as supervisor are encouraged to attend regularly my lab meeting. Attending this weekly meeting can give students a better idea of the topics in which I am (or my students are) working in. Moreover, students can meet other students and exchange ideas and information. I am always looking for passionate students to work with me and other members of the lab on funded projects or projects that are closely related.

In my lab meeting we value students of diverse backgrounds and a passion for science and critical thinking. Each student fills a unique role in our lab, and we are highly interactive, learning from the expertise of one another. I expect “senior students” to contribute to the laboratory community by organizing and contributing to each meeting, helping  “junior students”, openly discussing ideas, and providing feedback. Therefore, attendance and participation at lab meetings is a must.

In general, students working in my lab focus on behavioral and experimental economics and its application. I have students working on nudging, dishonesty, social preferences, and self-control problem. If you have another idea, do not be shy, come and present what you want to do.

What do you need to attend my lab meeting?

·         Have personal motivation, curiosity, and enthusiasm for learning. Be able to think clearly, critically, and creatively – your master program should give you the skills to independently develop important ideas and comfortably analyze and critique the work of others.

·         Have a good, general background in behavioral and experimental economics. Where these are skills are lacking in your background, contact me to develop a plan to build these skills. Make sure that you read and keep up with the published literature so that you understand what is novel and important in your area of research.

·         Be a collaborative and open minded person. You are expected to share ideas with others in a collegial environment and help others, just as they will help you. You are expected to present regularly in laboratory meetings. This will vary by a student’s “seniority”, from leading discussion of relevant journal articles, brainstorming, presenting preliminary results, and giving practice talks.

·         Become an expert in some topic(s). Learn these skills reading papers, books, attending seminars or watching video of scholar presenting. Write down your ideas in proposal form, with clear research questions and objectives. These informal proposals can be first step of a career.

What can you learn attending my lab meeting?

·         Be able to communicate clearly and effectively, in written and oral presentations.

·         Have accomplished the inception, planning, and execution of a substantial research project.

·         Be able to mentor junior colleagues and collaborator with mentors and peers in a mutually productive way.

·         Have some experience teaching, in the classroom and as a mentor.

·         Learn to give positive feedbacks.


What is my role?

·         I take a personal interest in each student’s education, including career goals, areas of interest, and abilities.

·         I challenge each student to achieve.

·         I encourage independent thought and action and provide space for the student to make mistakes.

·         I provide feedback on progress, and critique written and oral presentations in a timely manner.

·         I provide insights on the inner workings of science – funding, personalities, publications, manuscript review and publication.

·         I help students navigate the profession, including introducing the student to colleagues and the larger scientific network.

·         I provide a collegial and productive work environment.