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Translating Your Research for the Public: 3-Minute Thesis

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Baycrest

3560 Bathurst Street

Loftus Hall, main floor Apotex Building

Toronto, ON M6A 2E1

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Science influences all aspects of today’s society, but most people do not have the training or inclination to read and understand research results in specialty journals. We need other ways to excite the general public about fundamental science, and to ensure that today’s research has the most impact on tomorrow’s policy and practice. In a world in which we are bombarded with information, we want our messages to stand out: our science communication must be clear, concise, and compelling, while also being responsible and accurate.

The 3-minute thesis (3MT) competition offers an opportunity to share our research in precisely that way. During the 3MT, graduate students have just 180 seconds to present their work to judges from a variety of backgrounds. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible, and captivating way, accompanied by just one static slide.

This workshop will give you the tools you need to succeed in the 3MT and throughout your career. Strong communication skills improve your presentations, grant applications, and teaching; and they can get others as excited about your research as you are.

Workshop Objectives:

You will learn:

  • Why it’s important to share information about your research

  • How to tell the story about your research to a general audience

  • How to talk about the impact of your line of work – even if it’s not applied research

  • How to deliver an elevator pitch about your research and prepare for 3-minute thesis (3MT) competitions

**Please come prepared with materials to talk about your research. You may refer to the following website as a guideline: https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/**

Workshop Instructor:

Josephine Lim is the Research Marketing Specialist at Baycrest Health Sciences. Within her role, she works with researchers to share their work with the public and potential donors. Josephine has a Master of Professional Communication and a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University and has worked as a reporter at various media publications across Canada.
Twitter: @JLim02

Dr. Pradeep Reddy Raamana is a postdoctoral fellow at the Rotman Research Institute, whose research interests are in medical image processing, machine learning, informatics and open science. He is interested in development of multimodal biomarkers for various neurological and psychiatric disorders, and in characterizing the impact of fundamental methodological choices. He is passionate about bridging the gap between the clinic and computer science, and is developing several tools and standards to remove the barriers for predictive modelling and quality control for neuroimagers. He founded the special interest group on neuroimaging quality control at the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility. He is an advocate for open science, and is committed to open source software and reproducible science. He believes in the importance of scientific communication and public engagement and its power to change policy.
Twitter: @raamana_ Blog: crossinvalidation.com

Dr. Allison Sekuler is the Vice-President, Research, and the Sandra A. Rotman Chair at Baycrest Health Sciences. Dr. Sekuler joins Baycrest after a long and distinguished career as a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University, where she was the first Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience (2001-2011). Dr. Sekuler is deeply committed to bringing science to the general public, serving as a frequent commentator on science in traditional and social media. She helped bring the Café Scientifique and 3MT to Canada, and worked to establish the first Canada-wide 3MT, and has hosted and judged 3MT competitions. She served as the President of the Royal Canadian Institute for Science, Canada’s oldest organization promoting science to the public; and on the founding steering committee of the Science Media Centre of Canada, which aims to increase public engagement with science issues through more informed, accurate, and inclusive media coverage. Dr. Sekuler also did her own 3MT. It was hard.
Twitter: @asek47

Tanya Brown started at the Rotman Research Institute a decade ago as a volunteer student during her undergraduate studies in neuroscience at the University of Toronto. Since then, she has progressed into an experienced Program Manager for The Virtual Brain (TVB) - an open source neuroinformatics platform for modeling large-scale brain dynamics developed by an international consortium of researchers and lead through Baycrest. She is dedicated to facilitating TVB’s research program through a crystallized approach of science management that supports scientific discovery by enabling exploration to the outer limits of our current knowledge base, together with an aptitude to formalize project management for research endeavours. Tanya is also a key member of the TVB business development team with MaRS Innovation in our concerted effort to commercialize the TVB platform technology. Altogether, she brings a multifaceted skill set to neuroscience research that spans the science, knowledge translation thereof, innovation, project management, public relations and effectual networking strategies that sum to align with the evolving landscape of scientific research.
Twitter: @aynaT__Tanya @thevirtualbrain.org

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3560 Bathurst Street

Loftus Hall, main floor Apotex Building

Toronto, ON M6A 2E1

Canada

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