…or in fact free, at least in the science world where almost every day there’s a seminar or talk on in the Department. 90% of these I never hear as they’re either far-removed from my areas of interest or I’m too busy. But this week just gone seems to have been quite heavy on the presentations. Monday was an in-house atmospheric chemistry seminar. This was followed by a Challenger Society sponsored lecture in the evening by my old housemate and friend Sarah’s supervisor, Dr David Suggett (Essex), who gave one of the most interesting and engaging talks I’ve heard in a long time. David (and now Sarah) work on corals, so lots of blue water, diving and beautiful photos! This was followed by drinks (OK, maybe a few too many drinks) and nibbles which are always the best conclusion to any talk.
Wednesday it was my turn in front of the projector speaking at UEA about the recent Malaysian field campaign and some of the results I’ve got. In an attempt to push the boundaries of presentational ability I used Prezi (www.prezi.com) not powerpoint – flashy but with a side effect of inducing motion sickness amongst the audience! I had hoped to film the presentation and post it here but my photographer was ill, maybe next time.
Rushing off into town straight from my talk I went to set up for Norwich’s monthly Science Cafe, and another interesting talk for the public on stem cell research. Overall, the week really showed the power of intelligent presentation skills and how they have the power to not only inform people about scientific work but engage them in the work and encourage them to learn more.