Pervasive Parallelism Lunch Programme

Pervasive Parallelism Lunch Programme

The PPar Lunch programme is a weekly lunchtime meeting of Pervasive Parallelism supervisors and students. Each PPar Lunch features a short talk and provides a valuable opportunity for PPar members to simply be in the same place at the same time. The Lunches can also include relevant announcements, brainstorming sessions, brief conference reports or opinion pieces. PPar students and supervisors are welcome to present or initiate these on the day, after the scheduled talk.

Light refreshments are provided; as per the programme title, attendees are welcome to bring their lunches!


Giving a Talk
Talks should be 30 minutes or less and can be about your work, a paper you’ve recently read, or anything else related to parallelism.  The speaker schedule typically alternates between students in their first PhD year, and supervisors.  The speaker schedule is created by the CDT PPar Executive Committee at the start of each year.

Speakers who would like to change the date of their talk are asked to please arrange to swap with another speaker, and email ppar-cdt @ with the arrangements, so that the schedule below can be updated accordingly.

PPar Lunch Speaker and Organiser Schedule

Time and Location:
12:15pm – 1:15pm (talk starts at 12:30pm sharp)
Mini Forum 2
Informatics Forum
10 Crichton Street

Pervasive Parallelism Lunches take place throughout the year, excluding August and late December. There are certain weeks when PPar Lunches must be held in other rooms or buildings; in such cases students and supervisors will be contacted by email. Links to the speaker and organiser schedule for the current and previous years are below.

PPar Lunch Deluxe
Once a year, we hold a PPar Lunch Deluxe, with pizza and soft drinks provided. These events are an opportunity to socialise with fellow PPar students and supervisors, and are intended to help create a sense of community among and between the cohorts. This academic year’s PPar Lunch Deluxe is scheduled on 7th of December 2016.

Role of the Student Organiser
PPar Lunches are organised in large part by students, with guidance from the CDT staff. Each student takes on the organiser role for a few weeks during their MSc year. The organisers are included in the yearly schedules (please see the links above).

The student organiser’s responsibilities are:

  • Reminding PPar members about their scheduled talks.
  • Sending a reminder announcement of the talk to the ppar-announce list, a couple of days before the talk, and again on the morning of the talk.
  • Gathering presentations and loading them onto the computer
  • Buying and providing biscuits and soft drinks (which will be reimbursed by the CDT).
  • Setting up the room and clearing up afterwards.

If you would like to be added to the ppar-announce mailing list, to receive announcements about upcoming PPar Lunches and PPar Seminars, please email ppar-cdt @