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“It’s so great that the BIG scientists are taking the initiative to improve how they and their colleagues communicate.” – Diana Kenny, workshop participant

Participants in the two BIG communication workshops last week learned effective approaches to presenting scientific material, both to academic and public audiences. In the first session, communications professional Linda Pogue emphasized setting goals for what actions the presenter would like the audience to take after the presentation, be that funding further research or joining a local citizen science effort. Those who wished gave a 5-minute presentation and received feedback on their organization, content, and delivery. These workshops empowered participants to give engaging and compelling presentations with a purpose. Participants found the sessions useful, noting that “it’s rare to take part in such a short, to-the-point but useful workshop,” and they “will remember the key ideas better, thanks to Linda’s well-crafted workshop.”