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Friday, October 14, 2016 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Communicating Complex Research

Are you having trouble communicating your complex research message to audiences in a way that makes them want to learn more? Want to improve understanding of what you do for everyone who attends your talks? This event is part of a series Navigating Your Future: BEST Careers in... 

Jean-luc Doumont is an excellent communicator. He covers a range of different topics focused on effective communication, critical thinking and professional development in talks and workshops that he targets towards graduate students and postdocs. An engineer (Louvain) and PhD in applied physics (Stanford), Jean-luc Doumont is acclaimed worldwide for his no-nonsense approach, his highly applicable, often life-changing recommendations on a wide range of topics, and Trees, maps, and theorems, his book about “effective communication for rational minds.” To learn more about his work click here.(You may have seen his "3 Laws of Communication" seminar here at Cornell last September.)

This Communicating Complex Research workshop is open to a room capacity crowd. The topic of the workshop is how to improve your research communication. Strong presentation skills are a key to success for researchers, yet many speakers are at a loss to tackle the task. Systematic as they otherwise can be in their work, they go at it intuitively or haphazardly, with much good will but seldom good results. In this interactive workshop, Dr. Doumont proposes a systematic way to prepare and deliver an oral presentation: he covers structure, slides, and delivery, as well as stage fright. Specific examples will be drawn from submitted slides from selected attendees. Selection of the slides will be based on the teaching opportunities and will come from diverse disciplines across the life and physical sciences as well as the social sciences and humanities. All attendees will benefit from and contribute to the feedback directed at the selected slides.

Everyone must register for the workshop using the link above due to limited seating capacity. Please do not register if you are not certain you can attend the full workshop. If you wish to have your slides considered for selection and specific feedback during the workshop, then please apply additionally as described below.

How to apply: to have group feedback on your slides submit the following via the link below by October 7

Submit 2 slides (in pdf form) from your field of research that you typically deliver in your talk. The best would be: one that you consider effective and one that you think has been ineffective.

Submit pdf slides now

Submitted slides from BEST trainees and other PhD students or postdocs will be selected for specific feedback based on representation of diverse disciplines and teaching opportunities presented by the slides. Only the slides will be transmitted to the facilitator.

Please direct questions to Susi Varvayanis. See event flyer here.


The BEST Program signature "Careers in..." series is merging with the Graduate School and the OISE "Navigating Your Future" series to create:

Navigating Your Future:
BEST Careers in...

Tuesday September 20, 2016: Governance, Risk and Compliance 1-3 pm 226 Weill

Friday October 14, 2016: Communicating Complex Research 8:30-12:30 pm 226 Weill 

featuring workshop facilitator Jean-luc Doumont

Thursday November 17, 2016: Industry, Entrepreneurship and Management 1-3:30 pm 226 Weil

featuring speaker Charles Hamilton

Wednesday January 18, 2017: Science Policy 9:30-11:30 am 226 Weill

Friday March 17, 2017: Science Communication 9:30-11:30 am 226 Weill

And our 4th annual BEST Symposium is planned for:

May 3 & 4, 2017 in G10 Biotechnology Building

226 Weill Hall
Registration is required.
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