Creative ways to communicate your research


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These are the slides of the keynote talk in the science communication session, at the Plant Biology Europe FESPB/EPSO Congress, 24 June 2014 in Dublin (

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Creative ways to communicate your research

  1. 1. CREATIVE WAYS TO COMMUNICATE YOUR RESEARCH Anne Osterrieder Oxford Brookes University EPSO-FEBS Conference Dublin, 24 June 2014 #EPSO14
  2. 2. WHO?
  3. 3. Transcript:
  4. 4. WHAT?
  5. 5. Fame Lab, The Three Minute Thesis Competition, Dance your PhD….
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  8. 8. YouTube:
  9. 9. WHY?
  10. 10. Golgi apparatus
  11. 11. It’s fascinating!
  12. 12. Responsibility. Fun! New skills. Networking. Makes me a better scientist.
  13. 13. Why is this important? Understand molecular mechanisms of Golgi stack structure Understand Golgi populations in individual cells Put Golgi populations into functional context in cells Study effects on plant phenotypes
  14. 14. WHERE?
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  16. 16. “I will never stand behind a lectern again! I will always need to have a stage!” “I used some of the theatre techniques for my presentation [at a research conference] - standing with my feet apart, breathing properly. It helped me.” “I spend 50 hours per week in my office, not talking to people. [A project like this] is a healthy thing to do if you are doing an Arts and Humanities PhD.”
  17. 17. © Ivy Livingstone, CC-BY 4.0.
  18. 18. HOW?
  19. 19. Your research Discipline, research area or specific project? General concepts or actual data? Published or unpublished research? Issues: Intellectual property, copyright, collaborative research, peer review…
  20. 20. Who is your audience? Peers Other researchers Teachers Media Interested non-experts Not interested non-experts Adults Young people Colleagues
  21. 21. Your goals and preferences What do you want to achieve? How much time do you have? Do you prefer to write, take photos, speak…? What do you enjoy doing?
  22. 22. Be creative!
  23. 23. Start small…
  24. 24. …but don’t be afraid to think big!
  25. 25. Make science communication part of your every-day work
  26. 26. Evaluate!
  27. 27. Have you visited the Science Bazaar before? Yes No Activities Very satisfied satisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatified
  28. 28. “MoodThingy” – Wordpress plug-in
  29. 29. WHEN?
  30. 30. “Publish or Perish”
  31. 31. Perception of science communication?
  32. 32. Plant Cell Biology Plant Biology Biology Natural Sciences Sciences Academica Outside academia
  33. 33. By Killy Ridols (Patagonia) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  34. 34. Thank you! @AnneOsterrieder