Ray Wills



Presenting Science

How to sell yourself for Science (NOT)

The dangers of presenting science to a room full of strangers

Presented by Matt Williams, Greg Keighery, Ray Wills and Alex Chapman

Ray Wills - Convenor

Presented at the Seminar room, Bushfires Board, Hayman Rd, Como, Western Australia on October 20, 1995.

Introduction

As scientists, we aim to develop sound principles to the management of our environment, and promote their application by communicating results by the most effective means.
Public delivery is a part of selling science and keeping it relevant.
We need to avoid the following quotes for our own presentations (examples taken from real life!)

I'm sorry this overhead is too complex.

and

It's not as complex as some of the other overheads I've put up.

 


SLIDE 1

Tools for visual presentation

We are all familiar with overheads and slides, but how many of us use these effectively?
Are they carefully prepared, easy to read, memorable, etc?
And what other tools can be used to enhance our presentation?
We will demonstrate how to effectively use chocolate frogs as well as old and new tools


 


SLIDE 2

Visual Media

 

 


SLIDE 3

Limitations of media

Audience size
Currency of material
Equipment/power source
Nature of material

 

 


SLIDE 4

Audience sizes for media

Visual medium

Audience size

Demonstrations

< 30

Physical pass-around items

< 20

Handout material

Any

Flip charts

< 15

Black/whiteboard

< 50

Overhead projector

< 100

35mm slides

'000s

Moving media

'000s

Computer display

< 100, or '000s


 


SLIDE 5

Using more than one visual aid.

Changes may wake up the audience, keep them alert

If smooth transitions are not feasible in the room you're presenting in, rearrange your presentation to accommodate the changes.
Some of these may never be appropriate to the science you wish to present

 


SLIDE 6

How much information


References

http://raywills.net/rtwsci.html