In just 30 seconds, could you convey the results of your latest paper to your colleagues? To the funding agency you rely on the most? To your grandmother? If the answer to any of these is “no,” then you need this workshop.
Being able to explain what you do quickly and convincingly is important, and it’s not easy. Presenting a poster at a conference. Explaining to a program officer why your research is worthwhile. Taking to a newspaper reporter to make sure they get the story right. All of these are key situations that the real world requires of you.
This workshop will help you sharpen your skills at taking a complex idea and distilling it down to just a few thoughts. We’ll compare the kind of abstract published in a scientific journal to a three-sentence “elevator speech” that uses plain language to get across your most important thoughts.
Bring an abstract or summary of a paper you are working on right now, or one you have worked on recently. The seminar will include two writing exercises. You will come away with a simple way to explain your research.
Bio: Martha Heil is the science communicator for the Maryland Nanocenter, two labs for creating and studying objects a thousand times smaller than a human hair. She served as the editor for media and news for the Reports of the National Center for Science Education. She previously worked as news director at the Association for Psychological Science and the American Bar Association; and as a managing editor for Inside Science News Service, a project of the American Institute of Physics. She has an MA from NYU’s Science and Environmental Reporting Program.