There will be times during your PhD where you will be asked to present your research, informally to your research group or to members of your department or more formally at conferences outside of the University, so it's always good to think about developing these skills whilst you're studying for your PhD.
We offer a number of activities to support you in developing confidence in the presentation of your research. These sessions are facilitated by Steve Hutchinson, who's been working with us for a number of years, and are always popular. They run once a year and include:
Effective Conference Presentations: Be Better than Boring Bullet Points
Have you ever seen a really great presenter and wondered how they do what they do? Giving a great presentation is largely about practice, but there are many things that you can learn to do that will improve your stage presence and the way that you connect with a conference audience.
The session will focus on your needs and explore tricks, tips and techniques of great presenters – and at times the context will be research presentations.
Although the themes of the session will come from your needs, requests and questions, by the end of the workshop you should be able to:
Deliver a message the audience will respond to, and guide an audience through dense and difficult material
Build a rapport with an audience
Handle questions with confidence
Show a confident stage presence, project your voice more effectively and deal with nervousness
Use audio visuals effectively and so avoid PowerPointlessness
Getting Noticed in a Crowd: Producing an Effective Research Poster
This workshop has been designed for researchers who present research posters at academic conferences. Perhaps you’ve presented a poster before, and it hasn’t had quite the impact you were hoping for?
Perhaps you just want to get it right from the start?
Regardless of your experience base, this workshop will explore how to communicate your research in a simple form that will attract an audience, and keep them interested.
The session will explore:
Understanding the purpose of a poster and considering what makes or an affective one.
Specifically we will consider:
Content - how much is just right?
Text, layout and colour – What size, font and style is best and what will work for your material?
Story – how to communicate your research clearly and simply.
Engagement, Impact and Communicating with Non-Specialists
The current academic climate would seem to suggest that it is our duty to disseminate our research more widely than into the usual channels of journals, conferences, papers and posters. Moreover, the ‘impact’ agenda is one of the biggest fundamental shifts in research policy of recent times.
This workshop is written around helping you to understand the “why”, the “what” and the “how” of impact, engagement and communicating with diverse audiences.
In order to do this effectively, there are some key things that you need to know:
How do you simplify research without over-generalising? What level should you pitch at? Who is your audience anyway? Who are “the public” anyway?
What are the pitfalls and challenges inherent with engaging outside your normal target groups?
What is impact all about and how can we start to engage with the impact agenda?
How can you make your research appear (even more…) fun and exciting?
This workshop will address these questions.