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Igniting Knowledge of Coastal and Marine Research in Kachemak Bay

Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (AKDT)

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An afternoon of short talks and engaged discussion by local researchers conducting coastal and marine science in Kachemak Bay and surrounding waters.




Igniting Knowledge of Coastal and Marine Research in Kachemak Bay


Thursday April 10, 2 to 5 pm


Elks Lodge, Homer




This is an opportunity to participate in something new, fun, and exciting that is happening for the first time in Kachemak Bay.




Why an Ignite session?


Ignite© sessions are vibrant, fast-paced sessions designed to generate awareness and stimulate the exchange of exciting ideas in a short time period. Each Ignite talk will feature 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. This format is intended to be fun, informal, and allow you to practice your science communication skills by delivering a concise and compelling message! The more concise speaking slot and quick slide transitions lend themselves to a more conversational and storytelling presentation style.




Talks will be organized into general session themes that are related to coastal and marine research in Kachemak Bay and surrounding waters. These sessions will provide an opportunity for researchers to share information with their colleagues locally. Although there will be no time scheduled between individual presentations for questions and answers, sessions will be followed by a panel format to facilitate questions and further discussion.




Don’t let the differences in this format intimidate you! This event is intended to a fun and compelling exchange of ideas, and provides the opportunity to connect with other researchers in the area.




The basic guidelines are:


  1. Speak for exactly 5 minutes (you'll definitely want to practice this one!)
  2. Use 20 slides that change every 15 seconds (if, for some reason, you need for a slide to be up longer than 15 seconds, add a duplicate so it goes for another 15 seconds - but please do this sparingly!)
  3. When the last slide advances to "end slideshow", you'll need to stop speaking (which may be more difficult for some than others, but I know you can do it!)
  4. Practice your timing- this is even more important for the Ignite© format than it is for traditional scientific presentations!




Some tips to consider when preparing:


  1. Given 5 minutes to speak and brief visual aids, what would you share with other researchers?
  2. You will only have time to make 1 or 2 main points that are explained or supported by the slides. It may be best to show one data slide, and use the remaining slides to briefly introduce the idea and explain the rationale and consequences of the main point
  3. The slides are not visible long enough to be a major focus of the presentation. The slides should support what you’re saying, not say what you’re supporting.
  4. Slides should focus more on quick, powerful visual impressions than on details. If you’re including complex figures or more than a couple of simple bullet points then you’re saying too much on the slides.
  5. Data intensive slides are very likely to give you significant trouble pacing your slides
  6. Assume no more than three sentences for each slide (two is better). Practicing the timing is critical in order to avoid chasing the slides.
  7. Assume your first and last slides (and therefore, 15 seconds) are mostly for introducing your topic and wrapping it up, respectively.
  8. Again, practice is even more important for the Ignite© format than it is for traditional scientific presentations!




How to set the timing


When you put your presentation together, click on the "rehearse timings" in your PowerPoint presentation and manually advance the slides every 15 seconds. Then check the box that says "use rehearsed timings". This will program your presentation to advance automatically.




How to submit presentation


Email your presentation to Stacey Buckelew NO LATER THAN WED APR 9 AT 12 PM to Please label your presentation beginning with your last name (e.g. Buckelew_ignite presentation 1). We are waiting to gauge community interest in the session types before determining the exact scheduling slots. An agenda for the event will be sent Friday April 4.









Have questions about Igniting Knowledge of Coastal and Marine Research in Kachemak Bay? Contact Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

When & Where

Homer Elks Lodge
215 Jenny Way
Homer, AK 99603

Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (AKDT)

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Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Coastal Training Program (CTP) offers practical, science-based information, tools, and skill training to professionals whose daily decisions impact coastal resources. The program is a national initiative within the National Estuarine Research Reserve system which provides coastal decision-makers with the knowledge and tools needed to address critical resource management issues of concern to local communities.

The KBNERR CTP maintains partnerships with local communities, agencies, and science experts, while collaborating with colleagues nationwide at other National Estuarine Research Reserves. The program consists of workshops, skill training, webinars, and technical assistance. Assessments of community needs, emerging coastal research, and coastal management issues help shape training and workshop priorities.

Contact Syverine Abrahamson- isabrahamson (at) -for more information 

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