Friday, April 9, 2021

Midweek Mixer: The art of presenting posters and communicating science

 Congratulations! Your poster or talk has been accepted to present! Now what?

Join us for a Midweek Mixer to discuss strategies and learn how to present your research in a clear and compelling manner. The main focus will be on e-poster presentations at the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo (which include a short recorded presentation/pitch), but the ideas and techniques will be valuable for oral presentations, and for any situation in which you share your research. 

We will discuss the importance of communicating our work, how to grab audience attention (and keep it!) and how to transform technical data into a language that everyone understands. This will be an interactive session with games and anecdotes as we delve into science communication in this new online reality. Can we convey our enthusiasm during online presentations? Does practice make perfect? How do we make a poster presentation and pitch appealing to people in other fields? We will touch on these questions and more.

Join host, Marnie Newell and moderator, Sarah Willett, Co-chair of the AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group, April 15, 2021, 12 p.m. noon, CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC -5).

Registration is free for all, including those that are not AOCS members. 

AOCS Midweek Mixers provide an excellent opportunity for networking and learning with your peers.

About the host: Marnie Newell

Marnie Newell is a recent PhD graduate from the University of Alberta, Canada, who loves to chat about her research to anyone who will listen. Her thesis work focused on the role of docosahexaenoic acid and the treatment of breast cancer. Marnie has presented at 3 AOCS conferences (2 in person and one online), and as a student received the AOCS Honored Student Award, the Peter and Clare Kalustian Award and the Lipid Chemistry and Nutrition Award. She has presented to the public, industry and academia, was a finalist in the 3MT speaking competition and winner of other speaking competitions.

About the moderator: Sarah Willett

Sarah is an RD&A Scientist on the Process Innovation Team at Kerry in Beloit, WI. Her role focuses on improving current processes and investigating novel processes for our Taste Portfolio, with specific research focus in the areas of coffee extracts, encapsulation of flavors and bioactives, lipid systems, and enzyme processes. She completed her PhD at the University of Georgia in 2019 under the direction of Dr. Casimir C. Akoh. Her PhD research focused on production of structured lipids containing menhaden fish oil, oleogels, and the potential for addition of these health beneficial lipids into food products. Sarah is the incoming Co-Chair of the AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group. 

Register to reserve your spot to network and connect with your hosts and gain insights into how to improve your science communication skills. This event will occur Thursday, April 15 at 12 noon CDT (Chicago, USA UTC-05).

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