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Scientific Conference Presentations

Scientific Conference Presentations 27
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Published Date:08-07-2017
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Scientific Conference Presentations Hilary M Jones If you are collecting Green Card/Training points, please sign in.For you if: • You have been to a conference, but not yet given a presentation at one • You have already given a presentation at a conference and would like some more tips for next timeIn this session • What makes a good conference presentation? • What to include • Structure • Conference presentations vs other types • Visual aidsIn this session • Presenting yourself • Tips for non-native speakers • What could go wrong? • Dealing with nerves • Making your presentation accessibleOverlap • Body language • Nerves • General presentation skills tips May overlap with other presentation skills sessionsUseful referencesThe worst conference presentation you ever saw In groups of 3, introduce yourselves and then talk about the worst conference presentation you witnessed. What made it so bad?Simple presentation structure 1. Tell them what you’re going to tell them title, introduction and reason your main story 2. Tell them reiterate your 3. Tell them what hypothesis and the you’ve told them take-home message from your storyStructure in more detail…What to include in a conference presentation – ‘the rules’ • Title • Informative • Don’t baffle the audience with a complex title More info in handout.Introduction • Hypothesis and objectives • Rationale and justification for study • Introduction has logical pattern and relates to other literature and scientific principlesSidetrack: A word about patents • If you describe your ‘invention’ to the public before you have registered the patent, it is considered public information, and therefore will not be patented.Back to the story: Materials and Methods • Show that your methods are supported by the literature and scientific principles • Logical, step-by-step process for carrying out the experiment and collecting data • Explain why you chose your experimental design and statistical analysesResults and Discussion • Summarise at the beginning and at the end • Relate results to objectives Important • Limit the number of data points and present them clearly • Discuss points relating to: - other research - practical or scientific applicationsConclusions • Reiterate the main points you want the audience to remember • Show a list of conclusions and relate them back to your objectives • Examples of use/application of your findingsConference presentations vs lab meeting presentations In small groups: 1. How will the presentation differ from a lab meeting presentation? 2. How will you, the speaker be different?General Points • Formal presentation • Avoid an over-familiar style • Avoid colloquialisms • Definitely don’t swearVisual Aids • Professional • Easy to read • Not distracting - resist the temptation to include excessive moving images/noises etc More info in handout.How could these slides be improved?P Pl la as sm ma a the f fo ou ur rt th h state of P Pl la as sm ma a f fo ou ur rt th h matter • As a gas gets increasingly hot, the bonds holding the gas molecule together eventually break • The resulting substance contains charged particles – ions and electrons – but is overall neutral. • This is a p p p pl l l la a a as s s sm m m ma a a a. • Because the particles are charged they respond to electric fields; because they are charged and moving they respond to magnetic fields •F = ma = q (E + v × B) • It is in a plasma that fusion occurs – heat up deuterium/tritium gas sufficiently that the deuterons & tritons are moving so fast that they overcome their electrical repulsion.