After your hard work, it is time to showcase your study and the methods of your study to an audience. You must make every point useful and informative. Here, in this article, we are going to share some tips to make your scientific presentation impactful.
1. Sketch out your work
Generally, scientific studies are long, so it’s difficult to remember every step you performed during your entire study. Therefore, it is good to draw a rough sketch or flowchart of your entire study at first. That way, you will have a good idea of what you have performed in methods and what you have got as the output of your study.
2. Find key points
Find the key points from your sketch such as methods, results, and conclusion. It will help you to lay the outline of your study.
3. Always have a rich content
It is a must that you have rich content for your presentation. If you have good content then your presentation will look really informative. All you would have to do is to arrange the content in an appropriate manner.
Make one of the initial slides showing the outline of your presentation. It should contain the points you are going to explain in further slides.
5. Arrangement of key points and their content
Arrange all main topics in a consistent manner. For example, at first, give a brief introduction about your topic of interest. It could be an enzyme or a disease or a drug, etc. Present the key features associated with your topic. For instance, what it is? What are its properties? How does it function? or if it’s a disease, how it can be transmitted, and so on. After that, mention what are the main findings that have been made so far about your topic of interest. Further, highlight the limitations or what is required to be studied or what is the need of the hour. It is important that you clarify in the initial slides why is your study relevant. It would be good if you make a separate slide for that. You can also entitle it as “Relevance of this study” or something similar to that.
When you are finished with that part, describe the methods you have used in this study. How did you perform your experiments, what tools/software you have utilized, and so on. But don’t go into many details, just mention the important part.
After methods, explain your results. While you are explaining the results, always keep in mind to make them thorough. If you have several findings, then make sure you present them in the correct order.
Further, explain your main findings that are your conclusion part. Highlight what novel things you have found, what is the contribution of your study, what are the applications of your work, and how is it relevant to other fields of science (if any).
Never write your sentences too long in a slide. It should not be like you are reading these sentences from the projector like a book reading. It is considered a bad presentation. Always keep them short. These points are shown in a slide just to grab the attention of your audience and they help you remember the main points. You explain them verbally.
7. Present like a story
Present your work as a beautiful story from beginning to end. That will interest your audience when you tell everything you have done and found as a story. It will automatically create links between your methods and results.
8. Figures & illustrations
Try to present your methods and results as flowcharts and figures. If you have already published any paper on your study, then it is not necessary that you have to utilize published figures only. Create new figures if required according to your presentation. Displaying your findings and methodology as figures interests the audience.
Always remember to cite references of previous work you have mentioned in your presentation. You can either show them as footnotes or make a separate slide at the end of your presentation. However, the former way is more impactful.
Mention all publications of your work, if you have published any.
Say special thanks to your supervisor, co-supervisor, colleagues, and family and friends who have helped you academically and morally throughout your work.
12. Thank you slide
It is good if say thanks to your audience in the end. It is a nice gesture to show them respect for spending time listening to you throughout the presentation.
Don’t get disheartened if you hear any negative comments. Always take the comments of the judges in a positive way. They are there to help you improve your work. As they are way more experienced in your field of study, therefore, they will point out the shortcomings that you may have left during your study. Add those things to your work or thesis.
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Survival guide: How to overcome lab politics and not become a lab rat
If you find yourself in a laboratory full of people with scientific temperament, it can be exciting, awesome and hilarious. You may experience a real life “big bang theory” episode and witness all characters around you.
However, for the uninitiated, a large number of labs are a flourishing ground of rivalry and war grounds reiterating the fact on its inhabitant that they live in a maze.
Lab politics can be nasty, and those who don’t want to get involved are almost certainly the easiest target.
Here are a few tips based on my experience in labs on how to survive lab politics and prevent yourself from getting into situations uncalled for.
- Communicate Backbiting and misinformation is the nuclear weapon of every mole. They pass on false information about you leading to complexities. It ranges from simple misinformation about you being absent or drunk during work hours when you are not, to some complicated statements attributed to you. You can deal with this situation through regular communication. with your peers. Every one of them. Especially if you sense that your guide is growing weary of you. communicate as clearly as possible and if you sense misinformation, make it a priority to point it out without targeting the person acting as a mole. This will be such a blow…..oops!
- Be Humble
Back in my graduation days, I was made a leader for a group project, I worked harder than everybody suddenly realizes that it was only me that was working for the whole duration. So I became proud which reflected in my behavior. Seeing this, two girls approached the guide with some story, which I am still unaware of. The guide, who happens to be a lady, immediately removed me from the project & my name from the manuscript after it completed. The results were published without my name, the first author being that girl who was not even fully aware of the topic. Moral? even if you are doing everything, be humble or you risk being a lab rat.
- Divert to productivity
When somebody else is the target, it is relatively easy for you to just ignore what is happening but remaining silent in such situations will lead to an exponential increase in it and you never know when the dial points at you. You may try shifting focus to an interesting observation, experiment, or paper. This way, you show them that what these guys are talking about is not worth the time.
- Don’t be evil If someone is doing something a certain way and you know they are wrong, just point it to them. Don’t go to your guide to complain. If you complain too much it is perceived as a negative trait. If you have problems try to resolve them on your own rather than asking someone to do them for you. If you can’t do it yourself, try to get help rather than ordering. Nobody owes you anything so be humble.
- Don’t over-promise
You may become a target without even saying a word! yes! it happens. The world is full of hatred for achievers. So if you have a lot in your kitty, don’t keep flaunting it. don’t promise that you will do this and that. Just keep doing things one by one. So they won’t even notice that you were running your own race and they were not even the participants.
6. Don’t get discouraged
If you are surrounded by ‘lab politicians’ and they criticize your work and working habits, then don’t get discouraged, because they would be trying to distract you from your work. In fact, it is a good sign, great success comes with criticism. Don’t believe what they say because ‘politicians’ never want anyone else’s account to be filled, just say thanks to them with a smile and keep going in your direction.
These are the tips that I have learned by working at labs in the University of Delhi, Indian Institute of Science Education & Research – Kolkata, Jamia Millia Islamia & Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Although I have tried to accommodate as much as I could, do you think I have missed something? would like to add something to the story? go ahead and comment below.