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On January 28, close to 100 people from WHOI, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Woods Hole Research Center gathered in Redfield auditorium to attend a lecture by Dr Jean-luc Doumont of Principiae, a communications consulting firm that specializes in technical fields.

In the two hour lecture on creating effective presentation slides, Dr Doumont described how to design, construct and present slides to clearly communicate a scientific message. At turns funny and insightful, the presentation addressed common challenges in communicating scientific information in a presentation. Dr Doumont encouraged attendees not to be trapped by their powerpoint presentations, and reminded younger audience members that a presentation is a message, not just a set of slides.

BIG is thrilled at the positive response to this event and the way it brought together members of our entire scientific community, and we hope to make it an annual event. More information about Principiae can be found at This event was generously funded by WHOI APO, the WHOI Student Organization, Guy N. Evans, and the Houghton Fund.