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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 (

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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  • 1. CREATIVE WAYS TO COMMUNICATE YOUR RESEARCH Anne Osterrieder Oxford Brookes University EPSO-FEBS Conference Dublin, 24 June 2014 #EPSO14
  • 2. WHO?
  • 3. Transcript:
  • 4. WHAT?
  • 5. Fame Lab, The Three Minute Thesis Competition, Dance your PhD….
  • 6.
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  • 8. YouTube:
  • 9. WHY?
  • 10. Golgi apparatus
  • 11. It’s fascinating!
  • 12. Responsibility. Fun! New skills. Networking. Makes me a better scientist.
  • 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. WHERE?
  • 15.
  • 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. © Ivy Livingstone, CC-BY 4.0.
  • 18. HOW?
  • 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 Published or unpublished research?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. Who is your audience? Peers Other researchers Teachers Media Interested non-experts Not interested non-experts Adults Young people Colleagues
  • 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. Be creative!
  • 23. Start small…
  • 24. …but don’t be afraid to think big!
  • 25. Make science communication part of your every-day work
  • 26. Evaluate!
  • 27. Have you visited the Science Bazaar before? Yes No Activities Very satisfied satisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatified
  • 28. “MoodThingy” – Wordpress plug-in
  • 29. WHEN?
  • 30. “Publish or Perish”
  • 31. Perception of science communication?
  • 32. Plant Cell Biology Plant Biology Biology Natural Sciences Sciences Academica Outside academia
  • 33. By Killy Ridols (Patagonia) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • 34. Thank you! @AnneOsterrieder