Effective Communication

Whether it is giving presentations for colleagues in your department or at a national conference, teaching in front of undergrads, giving a job talk, or writing a research article, the ability to communicative effectively is a critical skill to practice and master.

There are many resources at the University of Arizona and beyond to help you master effective communication. 

SciComm Toolkits

SciComm has created toolkits and guides to help scientists communicate their science in a variety of ways to diverse audiences. These guides will give you tips on how to talk about your research in presentations, social media, interviews with journalists, and more. 

SciAll.org

SciAll is a diverse team of professional scientists that uses storytelling to share personal experiences and wisdom in vlog-style videos (on YouTube, other social media) that humanize scientists, demystify the process of scientific discovery, and make STEM career mentoring freely accessible to all. They are creating the first-ever centralized repository of scientists speaking directly to the public, unfiltered, on video. 

Postdoc Speed Talk Competition

This competition, inspired by the UArizona’s Grad Slam and UCSF’s Postdoc Slam, offers postdocs an opportunity to present their research to a diverse and non-specialist audience, receive feedback, and win prizes. Presentations must be 3 minutes or less and include no more than 6 slides.

Scientific presentations: A cheat sheet

Whether it is giving presentations for colleagues in your department or at a national conference, teaching in front of undergrads, or giving a job talk, public speaking is a critical skill to practice and master.