As a university professor, I attend a lot of scientific conferences and professional workshops. Those events provide some of the best opportunities for researchers to share the results of long hours in the lab or the field with their peers, stakeholders, and the public.
Unfortunately, too many research presentations are confusing, abstract, and boring. And those bad talks have real consequences. They hinder the exchange of ideas, they alienate potential supporters or partners, and they waste a lot of time, money, and energy.
Over the last 7 weeks, I've been working with an amazing group of graduate students who want to break away from 'business as usual' when it comes to presentations. We've experimented with a variety of presentation techniques, talked about what constitutes an effective visual aids, and used simple methods adapted from Hollywood blockbusters to plan our talks.
Next Wednesday afternoon (May 7), these students will demonstrate some of the skills they've developed in a series of rapid-fire 'lightning' talks about their research. They're going to discuss a wide array of topics - including animal conservation, jet engine design, and the future of energy storage. What they all have in common is a desire to communicate their ideas more effectively to several different types of audiences.
This event is open to the public and should be a lot of fun. Please join us!
3PM to 4:30PM on Wednesday, May 6, 2014
445 Blegen Hall on the University of Minnesota's West Bank campus
Times are approximate
Melinda Kernik (Geography, Environment and Society)
Jon Schwenk (Civil Engineering)
Alexander Reich (Natural Resources Sciences and Management)
Brittany Bennett (Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology)
Salman Alfifi (Aerospace Engineering)
Laura Cesafsky (Geography, Environment and Society)
Yan Wang (Natural Resources Sciences and Management)
Amanda Meyer (Natural Resources Sciences and Management)
Kai Bosworth (Geography, Environment and Society)