Directed to: 13 Post-docs at UNIL’s Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM)
Day, time & location: Saturday June 2nd, 2018, from 9hs to 18hs, in Room B301, Batiment B (aka SC-CLE), Centre des laboratoires d’Epalinges, Biopole, Epalinges (map)
Instructor: Sam Lagier, PhD (SamSpeaksScience.com)
Price: 20 CHF
Funded by UNIL Graduate Campus
Organization of the day:
Morning (including a coffee break)
- First part of the participants gives a presentation in front of the group.
- Instruction presentation on general considerations on communication, storytelling applied to science and slide design.
Lunch break (pizza included)
Afternoon (including a coffee break)
- Series of warm-up and stress management exercises.
- A few points on how to best use technology (pointer, camera, videos…*).
- Second part of the participant gives their presentations in front of the group.
- Personalized and intense 15-minutes coaching sessions for every participant.
*The talks and the coaching sessions will be filmed and the recordings will be sent to each participant.
About the instructor: Sam is a multi-talented scientist and improviser. He teaches presentation skills to experts and curates (SamSpeaksScience.com), coaches and hosts the TEDxLausanne conference since 2012. He manages the Geneva branch of the Lausanne-based Catalyst theatre company which creates new media to communicate science (thecatalyst.ch). He performs and teaches improv to individuals and applied improv to corporate clients with the Renegade Saints (renegadesaints.ch). In his scientific career, Sam studied sensory perception in the normal and in the schizophrenic brain, in France, the United States and in Switzerland. He combined microscopy, behavior and electrophysiology to characterize a genetic model of schizophrenia developed in mice.
For registration, please send an email ASAP with the subject “Public Speaking Workshop” including your info (Name, Department, Lab/Group, end date of your UNIL postdoc contract) to organizers from APNS: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. After having reached the attendees’ quota, we will contact the first 13 postdocs with instructions on how to make the payment of 20 CHF that will be required for final confirmation. We will keep a waiting list to refill places in case of cancellations (non-refundable).
Why Public Speaking?
Science communication is part of a scientist’s everyday life. Scientists must give talks, write papers and proposals, communicate with a variety of audiences, and educate others. Thus to be successful, regardless of field or career path, scientists must learn how to communicate. Moreover, scientists must learn how to communicate effectively. Effective communication means transmitting our message clearly and concisely so that it is understood.
Being able to articulate our work to a broad audience can have a tremendous impact on the discoverability of your research and the trajectory of our careers. Furthermore, effective science communication between researchers, resource managers, decision makers, and the general public has long been recognized as a critical need for the advancement of science in general.
Most scientists know how to give an objective and rigorous presentation, but only a few speak about their work with compelling and engaging stories. In this context, we propose a workshop on scientific public speaking with Samuel Lagier.