Be a science communicator: Tips from TED on giving engaging presentations
Having trouble connecting with an audience? Fear death by PowerPoint? TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) knows a lot about what makes for a good presentation. Their popular TED Talks videos are viewed by millions all over the world. AAAS is teaming up with the people at TED to bring you a webinar devoted to improving science communication. The TED staff will offer tips and advice based on what they have learned through the years, on how to give effective presentations. Whether you are an established scientist or just starting out in your career, AAAS and TED want to help you be a science communicator.
Join us July 24 at 2 p.m. EDT for this hour-long webinar!
Ben Lillie, Writer/Editor
TED.com, Co-founder of The Story Collider science storytelling series
Ben Lillie is a high-energy particle physicist who left the ivory tower for the wilds of New York’s theater district. He has a B.A. in physics from Reed College, a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and a Certificate in improv comedy from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He is the Co-founder and Director of The Story Collider, where people are invited to tell stories of their personal experience of science. He is also a Moth StorySLAM champion and a Contributing Editor for TED.com.
Editor for TED.com at TED Conferences
Emily McManus is the editor of TED.com, where she oversees the written words that help people around the world find the perfect TED Talk to watch -- and then to explore the wider context around great ideas of all kinds. Since January 2007 she's helped more than 1,500 TED Talks connect with 1.5 billion viewers. She's passionate about short, clear writing, encouraging young writers and editors, and creating spaces and tools for better online communities. Before TED, McManus headed a regional magazine group, edited books and wrote for magazines. She was copy chief at Wired and the San Francisco Bay Guardian; her first adult job was at a tech magazine called LAN Technology, and she used to know the names of all the layers of the OSI stack by heart but now does not.
Scientist-Comedian, Author of Science Career's Experimental Error column
Adam Ruben is a writer, comedian, storyteller, and molecular biologist in Washington, D.C. who has performed stand-up comedy for over 10 years at clubs, colleges, and private venues. Adam is the author of the book Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School (Broadway Books, 2010) and the monthly humor column "Experimental Error" in Science Careers. He has appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered," the Food Network's "Food Detectives," and the Science Channel's "Head Rush," and currently co-hosts "You Have Been Warned" on the Discovery Channel. Learn more at adamruben.net.