Workshop Description

Part 1: The art of presenting science (M/W/F)

The workshop will involve two activities. The primary activity is a course on the “art of presenting science”, given by the company Artesc. The course was developed by a physicist who later moved on to work as an actor in theatre. In contrast to some courses which focus on powerpoint skills and making slides, this course focused on only one thing: how to construct and present a story based on your research.

Course description

In this course, participants learn to use the means ‘story’ and ‘theatre’. By close study and practice of the fundaments of both story and theatre we will find numerous qualities that make outstanding presentations possible. These qualities are easy to apply to scientific presentations and give the participant the tools to organize content in an intriguing way and bring it with flair and authenticity. The first skill also makes a difference in writing articles, proposals and popular scientific writing. The second skill gives you more effectiveness in other situations in which you have to address a group such as meetings and education.

Course Objectives

After this course, you will be able:

  • To organize presentation content as to make it intriguing for an audience.
  • To be able to present science with flair and authenticity, using theatre techniques, thereby increasing the impact of scientific communication.

Teaching Method

During the course, participants work on a short presentation which they improve along the way. All exercises are recorded and studied in between course meetings. Along with theatre and story, the use of slides, addressing different audiences and reacting to questions are also a part of the course.

Part 2: Developing an optomechanics exhibition (Tu / Th)

In this activity (Tuesday all day, Thursday morning), the participants will work together with Gary in groups to develop ideas for the OMT travelling exhibition.

In the exhibition, we will aim to make the concepts and applications of what we do in OMT accessible to the general public, from fellow scientists to school children. Ideally, this exhibition would contain cool interactive demos of our stuff that could be exhibited at a science museum, such as the popular Nemo Science Museum in Amsterdam, which attracts 600,000 visitors per year!

In the workshop, we will split the participants into teams to come up with and flesh-out ideas for what the exhibitions could be, if it would be feasible to make, how much it would cost, and ideally even start making a list of components and a design.

Part 3: Social outing

In addition, on Thursday afternoon, we will have a social outing to Rotterdam, where we will have a “bouncing” tour of the city on “kangaroo shoes”, visit some cool places, and take a water taxi to dinner.