How to talk about your research: a workshop by The Science Basement

This workshop is targeted at all early-career researchers at the conference. The idea of the workshop is to give you an overview of how to pitch your research to the audience, make it fun and accessible, and how to be comfortable on stage.

We are super excited to be joined by the The Science Basement (TSB) team to learn more about science communication. TSB is a group of scientists-in-training who are passionate about science communication. They support researchers in communicating their work, and aim to show how good communication skills can make you a better researcher. They repeatedly hold science communication workshops, activities and events in collaboration with the University of Helsinki units and the City of Helsinki venues. 

The workshop will be held on May 23, 2023 from 11-13 EEST at University of Helsinki's City Centre Campus, exact room location tba. Please note that participation in this workshop requires completing a pre-assignment which will be sent to you directly if you submit an "expression of interest" in this workshop during your conference registration. Please note that space is limited in this workshop and preference will be given to doctoral researchers and early career scholars. 

Preliminary agenda (subject to change)

  • An icebreaker 
  • How to improve your public speaking?
    • The art of storytelling + practice exercise
    • Confidence on stage and speech delivery techniques + improvisation activity
  • How to make visually appealing slides? 
    • Basics of visual storytelling and design + discussion activity in groups 

The workshop was made possible with the following materials: 

  • Gallo, C. (2014). Talk like TED: the 9 public speaking secrets of the world's top minds. Pan Macmillan.
  • Illingworth, S., & Allen, G. (2020). Effective Science Communication: A practical guide to surviving as a scientist. IOP Publishing.
  • Olson, R. (2015). Houston, we have a narrative. In Houston, We Have a Narrative. University of Chicago Press.