An introduction to ViBRANT lightning talks


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Presented at Scripting Life: the science behind ViBRANT, at the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, Paris, France on 20th and 21st January 2011.

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  • Good morning everybody - welcome back to day two of Scripting Life. The approach we have taken is quite different from yesterday and possibly quite different from anything you may have experienced before so I want to take a little time to explain the goals of the day; why we structured it this way, and some logistical issues on how this is going to work.
  • Primary goals Introductions Share our contributions & roles (ViBRANT is complex) Highlight admin. & legal obligations Medium term-planning
  • Need to keep in the back of our minds various facts: Background considerations Our audiences (old & new) - VIBRANT is about engagement Functional overlaps (internally & externally) Scheduling, dependencies, status reporting, risks Processes & standards External engagement & opportunities Most of ViBRANT is NOT research Avoid stovepiping
  • No one cares if your talk is 2,3 or 4 mins Everyone cares if your talk is 6 minutes The time limit will be strictly enforced! Dave or me will stand up at 4 and step on to the stage at 5. EVERYONE IN A WP ON STAGE IN ORDER OF SPEAKING Naturally we want to start and end the day with the most exciting presentations. Unfortunately that wasn’t possible so I’m very pleased to welcome Gemma Maldar…
  • An introduction to ViBRANT lightning talks

    1. 1. Scripting Life: goals & logistics for day 2 Vince Smith Natural History Museum, London [email_address] ViBRANT Virtual Biodiversity
    2. 2. Purpose of day-two <ul><li>Primary goals </li></ul><ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Contributions & roles (ViBRANT is complex) </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight admin. & legal obligations </li></ul><ul><li>Medium term-planning </li></ul>6 ViBRANT Virtual Biodiversity
    3. 3. Purpose of day-two <ul><li>Background considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Our audiences (old & new) - VIBRANT is about engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Functional overlaps (internally & externally) </li></ul><ul><li>Scheduling, dependencies, status reporting, risks </li></ul><ul><li>Processes & standards of delivery </li></ul><ul><li>External engagement & opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Most of ViBRANT is NOT research </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid stovepiping </li></ul>Some time for discussion ViBRANT is an agile project 6
    4. 4. Structure of day-two 09.10 WP1: ViBRANT Project Management 09.40 WP3: Training and Sociology 10.20 COFFEE BREAK 10.50 WP4: Date standards 11.25 WP8: Data mobalisation 12.05 WP5: Data services 12.50 LUNCH 13.50 WP6: Publishing 14.20 WP7: Biodiversity Literature 15.00 COFFEE BREAK 15.30 WP2: Technical architecture 16.00 The most exciting risk analysis - ever !!! 16.30 Workpackage integration activities (panel discussion) NETWORKING SERVICE RESEARCH 6 <ul><li>WP Session Structure (x8) </li></ul><ul><li>10 min. overview by WP leader </li></ul><ul><li>5 min. lightning talks by partners </li></ul><ul><li>10 min. Q&A session </li></ul>
    5. 5. Lightning talks? 6 <ul><li>“ A conversation where the audience doesn’t speak for 5 minutes ” </li></ul><ul><li>Back-to-back 5 minute presentations </li></ul><ul><li>No other rules! </li></ul>WHAT <ul><li>Encourage engagement & awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Breakout groups (often) don’t work </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of long talks can be boring </li></ul>WHY <ul><li>PPT Template as a guide - its okay not to have slides </li></ul><ul><li>Make your point (not too much background) </li></ul><ul><li>Only include essential detail </li></ul>HOW
    6. 6. Timing is everything… 6