I have been in the scientific arena since 1972, 30 long years. By my rough estimate, I have attended an average of four seminars a week, for a total of over 5,000 seminars. I have lost count of the meeting presentations. However, with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, I'm offering here some random thoughts about the scientific talks I have heard over the years.

At a meeting, graduate students often stick to the time limit; Principal Investigators usually go over.

I think that the reason for this is quite simple. Poor graduate students are often so excited about going to a meeting that they get their slides ready before the meeting and actually rehearse, often compulsively, before their peers, their mentors, and before their long suffering moms and siblings. They cut and prune their text to make sure that the talk ends within the allotted 12 minutes,...

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