International Symposium on DIStributed Computing (DISC) 2021

Meet other Postdocs and Students (MoPS)

What is This?

One of the best aspects of a conference is the chance to meet your peers. Pre-COVID this was simple enough, but it has become difficult in this time of virtual conferences. To address this, we’re organising Meet other Postdocs & Students (MoPS) sessions which allow you to get to know others in the area. Just think of it like a conversation during the banquet dinner, only held online.


How does it Work?

  1. We will soon release a registration form asking you for some basic info and asking you when you want to attend a MoPS session and if you want to attend more than one.
  2. Fill out the survey by October 1st, 2021 at 23:59, AoE.
  3. We will email you by October 3rd, 2021 to let you know when your session(s) is and provide a Zoom link to the session.
  4. Join the Zoom session 10 minutes before your session begins.
  5. Meet other people and have fun!


Where do I Register?

Please register at this link:


Icebreaker Questions

Below are a few questions you can ask and answer to help get the sessions started.

  • What’s your area of research? What are you working on?
  • What are your general interests & hobbies?
  • What do you hope to get out of this MoPS session?
  • Is there any big problem you’re interested in solving? Why?
  • <Can be asked to someone senior to you> What considerations do I have to take into account if I want to pursue an X (Masters, PhD, Postdoc)?
  • How do you stay motivated?
  • How many projects do you handle at a time? How do you split your time between them?
  • How do you stay productive? (In general and specifically during COVID)


In-Person Meetings at Freiburg

Physical meetings may be arranged on-the-fly during the conference. And to avoid spamming online participants, the announcements will be made either in-person or on a relevant topic on Zulip. Don’t hesitate to reach out if interested.


Organising Committee

Shreyas Pai (General Chair) – Aalto University, Finland

Manish Kumar (Publicity Chair) – Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Mouna Safir (Organization Chair) – Université Paris Diderot, France