Presentation and public engagement
Develop your skills to effectively communicate your research findings both in an academic and non-academic context.
ENGAGE: Begin to develop the skills you will need to present your research.
|Date and Time||Title||Campus|
|20 October 17, TBC||Engaging and professional PowerPoint presentations||Singleton Park|
|15 November 17, TBC||Presentation skills for conferences||Singleton Park|
|30 January 18, TBC||Engaging and professional PowerPoint presentations||Singleton Park|
|19 June 18, TBC||Presenation skills for conferences||Singleton Park|
EXPLORE: Begin thinking about the impact of your research, and the tools, skills and opportunities to communicate your research to a wider audience.
|Date and Time||Title||Campus|
|27 October 17, TBC||Creating an academic poster in PowerPoint||Singleton Park|
|21 November 2017, 13.00-15.00||Getting started with public engagement||Singleton Park|
|30 November 17, 14.00-15.00||Twitter: tools and strategies for researchers||Singleton Park|
|23 January 18, TBC||Creating an academic poster in PowerPoint||Singleton Park|
|TBC||Pitch perfect:public speaking, networking and engaging|
|TBC||Famelab participants training|
ENHANCE: Take opportunities to present your work within the University and at conferences, and further develop your skills for engaging diverse audiences with the key impacts of your research.
|Date and time||Title||Campus|
3 Minute Thesis (Initial training)
|TBC||3 Minute Thesis (one to one appointments)||Singleton Park|
|TBC||3 Minute Thesis (Finalists training)||Singleton Park|
|TBC||3 Minute Thesis (Follow up one to ones)||Singleton Park|
|TBC||Media Engagement||Singleton Park|
|TBC||Using social media to maximise the IMPACT of your research||Singleton Park|
Active participation in opportunities to present your research in both an academic and non-academic context is the best way to develop these skills. Take part in public engagement competitions, deliver posters and presentations at conferences, get your research into the media, build up your social media presence and consider starting your own researcher website or blog. Explore specific opportunities below.
School of Management PhD student Samuel Brown won the WISERD poster competition in 2017, have a look at his prize-winning poster!
Three minute thesis competition (https://www.vitae.ac.uk/events/three-minute-thesis-competition and link to our events page) – open to all PhD students from any discipline, present the key aspects of your research project to a multidisciplinary audience in just three minutes with a single static slide.
Be inspired! You can watch all of the finalists from the 2017 Swansea University 3MT competition, including winner Anna-Torrens Burton from Human and Health Sciences and runner-up Paul Byrne from Engineering.
PGR Poster Competition (link to our webpage info about this) – Submit a poster to showcase your research to the wider Swansea University research community, and for the chance to win a prize.
Research as Art – open to all researchers from all Colleges, this is an opportunity to showcase your research to the world, by providing a brief, captivating description and image.
Be inspired! In the 2017 Research as Art competition, Emmanuel Péan from the College of Engineering won the Award for Imagination, and entries from Lowri Davies (Law and Criminology), Ann John (Medicine), Simon Robinson (Science), Timothy Neate (Science), Alexandros Alampounti (Science) and Elizabeth Evans (Science) were all Highly Commended!
Famelab – for STEMM researchers, present your research topic to the public with no slides in just three minutes!
Be inspired! In 2017, Swansea University postdoc and former PGR student Carol Glover from the College of Engineering was the Runner-Up in the national Famelab final, watch her prize-winning presentation!
Soapbox Science – a public engagement opportunity for female STEMM researchers. Search “Soapbox Science” on the Swansea University website for the latest information, and watch the video from the 2015 event.
Be inspired! Engineering PhD student James Carlos was as a Finalist Care Volunteer at the 2017 event, supporting young contestants in the competition. He said, “It was hard work at times but getting to see the projects that the students have undertaken, their passion and enthusiasm was inspiring. Our role is to give advice on the judging or general questions about the competition. The fair and competition is a great way to help encourage and nurture in the younger generation an appreciation of STEM applications and technologies. It helps open their eyes and inspire them to pursue a career in STEM.”
Volunteer with Swansea University’s Oriel Science
Be inspired! Biosciences PhD student Brenda Tysse is a Student Ambassador for ORIEL Science. She said, “I have had the pleasure of meeting countless people, including experienced older adults, keen youngsters and even curious toddlers! I believe that making science accessible to all people is crucial for a highly functioning society, as not only does it allow them to better understand matters of interest and/or concern but it also enables them to become more engaged with what is happening all around them on a daily basis. I am proud to be part of a team that strives to make the gap between science and society a thing of the past.”
The Research Councils offer various training days and run other activities relating to public engagement.
The National Coordination Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) has some good tips for researchers.
The following books are also available from the library to support your learning in this theme.