15 Minute presentation guidelines
The Purpose: As researchers, we are well versed at communicating with researchers in our own discipline and usually at face-to-face events, at departmental seminars and research-area specific conferences. Communicating the essence of our research to academics from entirely different disciplines in an online forum is an altogether different challenge.
- New interdisciplinary collaborations could be formed by effectively communicating different research projects to a wide audience.
- Being able to promote the core of your research in an easy to understand manner will be of great use in future interviews, presentations and conversation.
- Many research and knowledge exchange activities are now being conducted in a virtual environment
The Presentation: You will give a 15-minute presentation about your research, suitable to an academic but non-expert audience via Microsoft Teams. The aim of this presentation is to give you a chance to practice your job pitch presentation, often asked for when applying to new institutions for academic positions. The presentation will conclude with a short Q&A; a discussion with the panellists about their research and the strategies they used to overcome the challenges of communicating their work online to an interdisciplinary audience and constructive feedback from the IAS community.
- This presentation can concern a broad overview of your work, or an in-depth study of a particular aspect.
- Keep use of jargon to a minimum so as to not alienate those from different disciplines to yourself.
- Invest time in thinking creatively about the presentation of your ideas; visualising your work through illustrative slides and using digital tools to increase engagement.
- Be mindful of time keeping. The chair of the seminar may ask you to stop speaking at 15 minutes, regardless of whether you have completed your presentation.
- Be natural, and passionate if that is a natural state for you.
- Take feedback on the chin and don’t be defensive. The reason why someone is being critical is because they care at some level.