If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you probably noticed that I recently attended a science-y conference, since I spammed your feeds with hour-by-hour updates... sorry I'm not sorry! ;)
Being that I recently described what a technical conference can be like, now I want to share my notes from a workshop I went to while I was there, on what not to do in a scientific presentation, entitled 10 Design Mistakes that Ruin a PowerPoint Presentation presented by Ikumi Kayama. For more about her, and her business, click here! But first, how in the world did scientific presentations become so boring in the first place??
Have you ever wondered where it is that scientists and engineers actually present the posters and PowerPoints they're working on all the time? If you're in a STEM field, you've probably heard people mention "conferences" or "technical meetings" and how important they are. But what's the big deal?
With all the different types and sizes, and all the different events and activities offered, these meetings can actually be pretty overwhelming or, at times, downright intimidating (even if you've already been to one or two!). Here are some thoughts on just what a science conference is in the first place, and what you can do before, during, and after the meeting to make the most of your time (and money). Add your advice in the comments!
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