Upcoming Events


January (IAP): Training series

  • TED-Style Talks
  • Scientific Figures (co-hosted with Mech-E)
  • Careers in Science Journalism
  • Elevator Pitch

Summarizing Science IAP Workshop Series

How do you quickly explain research to a lay audience? Communicating Science @ MIT and the PKG Public Service Center are organizing an IAP workshop series, in which we’ll explore several different mediums, including TED-style talks, elevator pitches, journalism, and graphical figures for succinctly communicating research ideas.

Week 1: “Summarizing research for a TED-style talk”, with Dishita Turakhia, Neil Gaikwad, and Grace Kim.

Giving a TEDx talk is a good way to gain visibility and communicate beautiful ideas to the public. We will begin with a panel discussion on our speakers’ experiences giving TEDx talks. In the second half, participants will break up into smaller groups and workshop ideas/intros for a TED-style talk of their own.

January 11 at 2-4pm at 1-150.

Sign-up: https://goo.gl/forms/2somRkQ6IT2bN0zF3


Week 2: “Are Your Journal & Presentation Figures the Best They Can Be?”

Join Felice Frankel (www.felicefrankel.com) in a masterclass to bring your images/figures/TOC’s/slides up a notch. We will meet in a small group and collaboratively discuss ways to clarify the information in your visuals, making them more communicative. You will be required to submit one draft figure/illustration, etc. for discussion. Nothing already published, please. Limited enrollment.

Participant slots are filled already, but we welcome observers who aren’t submitting figures for discussion.

January 15 at 11am.

Co-hosted with MechE

Contact Felice Frankel: felfra@mit.edu


Week 3: “Alternative careers in science.”

Join MIT Knight Science Journalism fellows for a panel discussion to learn about how they decided to apply their experience in science to an “alternate” career off the bench.

Date and additional details forthcoming.

Sign-up: https://goo.gl/forms/Eh7ImG03jZphk2533


Week 4: “Delivering an elevator pitch.”

Come learn tips on how to refine your 30-second “elevator pitch” (a quick, powerful, succinct explanation of your research and why it matters) – you never know when you might meet your dream boss! You’ll refine your pitches in a short workshop, then practice giving them to the other attendees (practice makes perfect!)

Date and additional details forthcoming.

Sign-up: https://goo.gl/forms/FJSEzlcFERfssTl92



Suggested events (not organized by ComMIT)

Add to Calendar Jan/23 Wed 03:00PM-05:00PM E17-136

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/23
Limited to 30 participants

This workshop, developed by the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication Program (WRAP), will provide conceptual lessons and hands-on practice in communicating scientific research to a general audience. An in-depth exploration of strategies for making complex information accessible and memorable, without compromising accuracy, will be followed by exercises for developing clear and vivid explanations of data and concepts, and telling compelling research stories.  Space is limited to 30.

Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication
Contact: WRAP, E18-228a, 617-253-3039, wrap@mit.edu


Add to Calendar Jan/08 Tue 10:00AM-11:15AM 1-371

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/07
Limited to 25 participants
Prereq: none

For your paper to be successful, people have to actually read it. A compelling abstract is essential for capturing their attention and making them want to read more. But writing an effective abstract is challenging because you need to summarize what motivated you, what you did, and what you found, in a small number of words. In this workshop, we’ll analyze sample abstracts from different fields, learn editing strategies, and practice revising abstracts. You’ll leave with a better understanding of how to write a strong abstract that clearly presents your research.

Sponsor(s): Writing and Communication Center, Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Contact: Steven Strang, E18-233 B, 617 253-4459, SMSTRANG@MIT.EDU



February: Screening of The Martian 

Discuss the science and fun behind The Martian in partnership with the Lecture Series Committee


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