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Share Your Research: How to Give a Good Talk

About This Course

Giving a research talk (say, at a conference, to your department or in your research group meeting) is a really important part of a scientist’s career. But, putting together and delivering a talk can be a nerve-wracking struggle. Maybe you have little to no experience giving research talks. Or maybe you’ve been doing it for a while, but feel like there is room for improvement. Either way, this course is for you!

Share Your Research is a FREE 5-week course that will guide you through the steps of creating and delivering a good research talk.

By the end of this course, you will have:

  • A detailed outline plan for your research talk.
  • Strategies for finding and refining your preferred speaking style.
  • Strategies for practicing and receiving feedback on your talk.
  • A list of strategies and techniques for delivering an engaging and effective talk.

A course for anyone who needs to give research talks

We designed this course for anyone who will be giving research-based scientific talks in the future. This list includes (but is not limited) to advanced undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, as well as early-career or well-established researchers who are interested in learning more about giving a good scientific talk. While most of our instructors have a background in the life sciences, the lessons included in the course are broadly applicable to other disciplines.

Includes 4 modules and an outline for your research talk

  • Module 1, FRAMING YOUR TALK: This module introduces you to a framework to help you define the foundations of an effective talk: who is the audience, what are your goals and what is your core message. This module will also offer advice to help you discover your speaking style.
  • Module 2, START BUILDING YOUR TALK: This module presents key concepts to help you outline and structure your talk and strategies to help you engage your audience. This module will also get you started with defining the content of the body of your talk.
  • Module 3, ROUNDING OUT YOUR TALK: In this module, you will continue working on the structure and content of your talk, focusing on the introduction and ending. The module also discusses strategies for audience engagement and talk titles.
  • Module 4, GIVING YOUR TALK: This module provides tips and best practices to deliver an effective talk: from strategies for practicing and receiving feedback, to lessening the nerves and dealing with the Q&A.
  • MY RESEARCH TALK PLAN: As you work through the course, you will be prompted to apply what you’re learning to your own presentation by completing a series of assessments. The responses to these exercises will be captured in a downloadable document called “My Research Talk Plan”, which is essentially an outline for your research talk. It is organized in a way so that relevant sections may be easily applied to the creation and delivery of future talks.

Built with your schedule in mind

We know you have lots of things to do, so we designed this 5-week course to take 1.5 to 3 hours per week. There are an average of 7 videos per module; each video is 2 to 6 minutes in length.

Requirements

There are no requirements needed to take this class.

How to do Good Science

“Share Your Research” is the third course in the “How to Do Good Science” series from iBiology Courses. We recommend that you check out the first two courses in this series, “Planning Your Scientific Journey” and “Let’s Experiment”. “Planning Your Scientific Journey” teaches you how to ask scientific questions and build a research plan. “Let’s Experiment: A Guide for Scientists Working at the Bench” teaches you about experimental design in biological research. The previous two courses in this series are self-paced and can be taken any time (before, during, or after the running of this course).

Format

This course will be hosted starting 12:00am ET/5:00am UTC July 27, 2020, where content will be released week-by-week each Tuesday. You will receive an iBiology Courses Certificate of Completion if you pass the course before it closes on 12:00am ET/5:00am UTC August 31, 2020. Passing requires that you complete 50% or more of the learning exercises.

Course Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  1. Brittany Anderton
  2. Shannon Behrman
  3. Samuel Díaz-Muñoz
  4. Mónica Feliú-Mójer
  5. Maite Ghazaleh Bucher
  6. Sarah Goodwin
  7. Elliot Kirschner
  8. Elie Maksoud
  9. Kevin McLean
  10. Katie Murphy
  11. Dipti Nayak
  12. Alexandra Schnoes
  13. Sven Truckenbrodt
  14. Danielle Twum
  15. Rosa Veguilla

Course Directors (in alphabetical order)

  • Shannon Behrman
  • Mónica Feliú-Mójer
  • Elie Maksoud
  • Alexandra Schnoes

Course Staff (in alphabetical order)

  • Noah Green
  • Daniel McQuillen

Graphics and Editing (in alphabetical order)

  • Adam Bolt (The Edit Center)
  • Rebecca Ellsworth (The Edit Center)
  • Chris George (OddSense)
  • Maggie Hubbard (OddSense)
  • Alexis Keenan

Video Production (in alphabetical order)

  • Eric Kornblum (iBiology)
  • Derek Reich (Zooprax Productions)

Music and sound design

  • Marcus Bagala (Muse Light Music)

Course Advisory Team (in alphabetical order)

  • Sarah Goodwin
  • Elliot Kirshner

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What do I get at the end?

When you complete the course, you will receive a printable certificate from iBiology Courses to commemorate your participation in the course.

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