Upcoming Events-Public Communication for Researchers - Carnegie Mellon University

Upcoming Events

Our seminars are open and free of charge to all CMU graduate students and postdocs. Knowing how many people to expect really helps us plan, so please register early if you're planning to come!

You can also see all upcoming PCR events on our Google Calendar. Join our mailing list to get reminders about upcoming events.


Crafting Presentations I: Bridging the Gap

January 27, 2015, 5:00-6:30 PM
Baker Hall 235B
The PCR Team

When you present to people even an inch outside your field, they may experience "knowledge gap vertigo" –  a paralyzing sense of dizziness from trying to catch up on everything they don't know. To help you reach those audiences, this workshop will develop theories of how to distill your message: what you should include, how to structure content, and how to craft explanations for complex ideas.

We recommend this workshop for participants in the 3-Minute Thesis Competition this spring. It is also the first in a three-part series on preparing strong presentations for audiences outside your field.

Register here.


Crafting Presentations II: Clear Thinking Made Visible

February 24, 2015, 5:00-6:30 PM
Baker Hall 235B
The PCR Team

With every figure, slide, and talk, we are building a scientific case – perhaps for the existence of a particle, for the necessity of a policy, or simply for the validity of a control. Yet many of our common practices in presenting information actually obscure the case we’re making. In this workshop (designed for the AAAS 2015 conference), we will discuss fundamental principles for structuring information that apply at all scales, from the lone data figure to the entire talk. Attendees will learn how to apply principles of attention and visual design to turn presentations into what Edward Tufte calls "clear thinking made visible."

This is the second in a three-part series on preparing strong presentations for audiences outside your field.

Register here.


Crafting Presentations III: Presentation Games

March 24, 2015
Scaife Hall 214 (tentative)
Tony Eng (bio)

This is the third in a three-part series on preparing strong presentations for audiences outside your field.

Workshop 1: Being in the Moment

4:00-5:30 PM

One of the most difficult aspects of live presentations is focusing on the audience and not on your content or your delivery. In this workshop, we'll try to get you out of your head and into the moment by playing some games, many of which come from improvisational theater.

Workshop 2: Delivery

5:45-7:15 PM

Good delivery consists largely of getting rid of habits, but sometimes we aren’t even aware of what our habits are. In this workshop, we'll help you identify an area to improve and to find ways to make your delivery more effective.


Register for either or both of the workshops here.


Blogging Club (ongoing)

Science Non-Fiction

Every Thursday, 5:30-6:30 PM
Gates/Hillman 6708

We blog at ScienceNonFiction.org about pothole physics, why computers in Denver make more mistakes, the ethics of animal research, and more. Occasionally articles get picked up, but mostly we write for our own practice at writing. If you want to share your excitement about research and work on articles with a friendly group, come join us for one of our weekly meetings!