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NeuroPrion Young Researchers Training


The 5th NeuroPrion Young Researchers training in scientific communication was held from Monday, September 06, 2010 to Wednesday, September 08, 2010 in SALZBURG, Austria, just before the Prion 2010 conference in a near location.

This training has proposed to PhD, MD, PostDoc, Students, a choice between two workshops «Presenting Science» and «Training in debating techniques», that taught how to make a successful scientific presentation, how to communicate in front of a public audience, and how to respond to questions after such presentations.


Workshop “Presenting Science” (Tutors: Dr. Christian DUMPITAK and Knut HANNEMANN)


  • By Barbara Strohmeier, Friedrich–Loeffler-Insitute, Germany

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


From 6th to 8th September 2010 a group of 10 young researchers joined the course in “Presenting Science”. That meant three days of intensive efforts to improve and expand the skills in giving scientific presentations. Each of the participants had to do several practical exercises to consolidate the theory taught by Dr. Christian Dumpitak and Knut Hannemann. The two coaches led through the training in a very humorous way and thereby managed to keep the training interesting and to avoid any boredom. So the group, consisting of people from France, England, Scotland, Italy, Czech Republic and Germany, succeeded in improving their skills in using mimics, gestures while giving talks, articulating and in many other topics such as breathing properly and coping with nervousness.
While passing the training we had the possibility to get a sense of what Europe means. It was very interesting to learn about other cultures and individual ways of giving presentations. The open-mindedness of each of the participants, the two excellent coaches and Salzburg, a beautiful and ancient town contributed to the success of this workshop.
 

Workshop “Training in debating techniques” (Tutors: Pr. Alun WILLIAMS and Marianna FLETCHER WILLIAMS)


  • By Adelheid Woehrer, Institute of Neurology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

The workshop covered key issues of presenting science – from correct structuring of the scientific content to verbal and non-verbal skills. Special emphasis was put on an active and lively scientific interaction. As Alun and Marianna preferred a rather practical, hands-on approach the term ´active participation´ gained an entirely new meaning. Twelve students from across Europe were confronted with classic competitive debates, many of us for the first time. Those debates followed a clear structure from definition of the motion, proposition and opposition, to summary and final peroration. While discussing about dogs, nudists, and prions we learned how to define a topic, put it in a broader context, and emphasize important points. Presenting in front of an audience may not be easy, taking questions might be even more difficult. However, Alun and Marianna´s charm and humour created an open, yet intimate atmosphere. With constructive comments and concrete solutions students were promoted on an individual basis depending on their level of experience and language skills. Intense but invaluable three days.
 
 


The 4th NeuroPrion Young Researchers training in scientific communication was held from Saturday, September 19, 2009 to Tuesday, September 22, 2009 in NIKITI – ELIA BEACH, Greece, just before the Prion2009 conference in a nearby location.
This training taught 30 PhD, or MD, postcoctoral students how to make a successful scientific presentation and how to communicate in front of a public audience, and also received training in responding to questions after such presentations. Moreover, two young researchers were selected to present their work in a plenary session of the Prion2009 conference.


Workshop “Training in debating techniques”

  • Speakers: Pr. Alun WILLIAMS and Marianna FLETCHER WILLIAMS

    Outline and aims: This workshop gives techniques that young researchers can use in discussing/debating matters effectively.

Workshop “Presenting Science”


 
 
 

  • Speakers: Dr. Christian DUMPITAK and Knut HANNEMANN
    Outline and aims: This workshop shows young researchers how to present science in a comprehensive, competent and convincing way.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Presentation “Brain, communication, and science”

  • Speaker: Dr. Jean-Philippe DESLYS

    Outline and aims: this presentation helps to better understand the mechanism of the brain in front of an emotion, an unexpected situation, a stress reaction... and gives a couple of answers to better control himself in such situations.

Presenting Science, lessons from a violinist

Length: 27 min (Chaptered)
Presenter: V.Sim

  • Presenting Science, lessons from a violonist
  • What I will tell you...
  • Know your audience (and why they are here)
  • Give the big picture (answer the audience’s questions)
  • Engage the audience early...
  • ...

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Social Event - A journey through History: The figure of Homer

Length: 21 min (Chaptered)
Presenter: A.Ch. Panissier

  • Introduction
  • The ancient Greek world
  • Homer: a portrait
  • The Trojan War
  • Main characters of the Iliad and the Odyssey
  • ...

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