A short guide to better PowerPoint presentations   

A short guide to better PowerPoint presentations  

Written & illustrated by Simon J. Brandl

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I love conferences. But, during every scientific symposium I experience moments that leave me in stupefied disbelief. Why?

At any given scientific conference innocent scientists are exposed to abysmally bad presentations. Since I’m unaware of a law that requires great science to be presented in a mind-blowingly boring way, this post highlights key elements of a presentation that can easily be enhanced.

For the purpose of this exercise, let’s imagine a dummy project in which you investigated belly-sliding behavior in penguins, its effect on the cleanliness of their bellies, and subsequent mortality rates due to predation. What a great project! Read more about A short guide to better PowerPoint presentations  

Pikas on Ice

Pikas on Ice

*This piece was originally published on ESA’s EcoTone blog.

Adorable and fuzzy, American pikas (Ochotona princeps) have become the spokes-critter for the consequences of climate change in alpine areas. These little fuzzballs, more closely related to rabbits than rodents, are specialized for living on the rocky slopes of mountains. They’re very sensitive to hot summer temperatures, and so, as temperatures are predicted to rise, pikas face a perilous future.

Pika sketch by biological illustrator, Jennifer Landin
Pika sketch by biological illustrator, Jennifer Landin. Used by permission from the artist.

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New Frontiers in Eco-Communication

New Frontiers in Eco-Communication

Today in the Hyatt hallway, I passed a colleague with an imposing nametag terraced by four colors of ribbon. He is an ESA donor, a moderator, and two other things I can’t recall (possibly a juggler).

This year my nametag has a ribbon, too.

It’s a regular reminder that even though scicomm workshop 15 is done, my duty to communicate ecology’s stories remains.

The media label has a storied root – medium: an artistic material or form; the happy state between two extremes; the substrate where organisms grow in a lab.

It feels like an encouragement to explore new forms of expression: to try, for example, sketching conference notes as illustrations – a departure from my usual writerly toolkit.

Notes from COS 45 – Ecosystem Services Assessment – by Clarisse Hart

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Materials from 2014 workshop: Advancing ecocomm through multimedia

Materials from 2014 workshop: Advancing ecocomm through multimedia

Workshop participants hard at work turning science articles into story, drafting headlines & ledes #scicomm #ESA2014 pic.twitter.com/hruw0QrzuB — Holly Menninger (@DrHolly) August 10, 2014 This is a one-stop shop for the PowerPoint presentations, release forms, and other materials from our workshop. If you’re looking for something and don’t see it, just let us know. PresentationsRead more about Materials from 2014 workshop: Advancing ecocomm through multimedia[…]

Multimedia SciComm Resource Guide

Multimedia SciComm Resource Guide

This resource guide is meant to inspire and empower – not only are there great examples, but we’ve provided practical advice about why, how, and when each media type can help you get your message across. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International License. Please review the license terms beforeRead more about Multimedia SciComm Resource Guide[…]

Workshop prep: Arrive prepared

Workshop prep: Arrive prepared

Thanks for joining the fun!

We are very intentionally offering a ‘tapas’ style taster of different ways you could communicate your science, and there will be a strong emphasis on storytelling. We want you to walk away with a sense of the unique strengths of these different media for powering science communication, and to develop some sense of preference for what you might be interested in exploring more in the future.

Plan on having lots of fun, and trying lots of new things!

What you’ll need:

We’ll be sending a more detailed email to pre-registered participants by the end of the week. Meanwhile, here are a few things you’ll need to make the most of the workshop. Read more about Workshop prep: Arrive prepared

Resources: Science journalism

Resources: Science journalism

*This list is dynamic, and in-development. Feel free to make suggestions (use the comments section or contact us directly) re additional resources and great examples that should be included. INTERACTING WITH THE MEDIA Tips for dealing with reporters Tips for PR (public relations) writing Writing a Press Release: Death by Six-Shooter Peter Campbell, Public Information Officer –Read more about Resources: Science journalism[…]