Diana Communication Training

The Student Conference in Science and Technology 2018

The Student Conference in Science and Technology will take place on Wednesday October 3 13.15 - 15 at EBC in Ekmansalen and Friessalen. Two invited speakers from the faculty of Science and Technology together with students will give talks. The students will also receive feedback on their presentations. 

Invited speakers:

Felix Ho, Senior Lecurer in Chemistry.
Title: The humble but mighty proton - not just for pH calculations!
Abstract: Despite being the smallest ion, protons play an enormously important role in a wide range of biological and chemical processes. Nature has come up with astonishingly elegant ways to steer the directionality and synchronicity of proton movements that are central to many biochemical and bioenergetic mechanisms. From bacteria to viruses, plants to animals, the facilitation and regulation of proton transport are crucial to an organism’s survival. Unravelling the details of how directional proton transport is achieved in proteins is not only important to our understanding of the fundamental processes of life, it can also lead to mechanistic insights that are applicable to molecular design in chemistry.

Ginevra Castellano, Senior lecturer in Information Technology
Titel: Social human-robot interaction
Sammanfattning: Robotics is now one of a few technologies that have the potential to have an impact over the next few decades similar to the one that the Internet has today. One of the main reasons is that new robotics applications are extending the role of robots to socially assistive scenarios that aim to help people in more personal ways and provide not only physical, but also social support. Robots are now developed to act as assistants and companions for the elderly at home, as educational tutors, as therapeutic tools for children with autism, as instructors in industrial settings, as systems that can effectively signal their internal states and intentions to humans through progressively more social and human-like appearance and behaviour.This talk will give an overview of my work on social human-robot interaction, with examples from applications in entertainment and education.

Register for the conference here!

The Science Conference

The student conference is a part of the communications training at the faculty. Apart from the opportunity to participate in an exciting conference you get a chance to give a presentation in front of a larger audience. As a participant the conference offers you a broadend perspective of science and the chance for networking and contacts between disciplines. 

Give a presentation

After the keynote speaker the students will take the floor and give presentations on different scientific subjects. All students are welcome to give a 15 min presentation and the conference is one of the best opportunities you can find to practice talking in front of a large audience. Take the opportunity to practice the skill that employers value as one of the most important one an employee can have. If you want to give a presentation, read more under "To give a presentation" below.

Give feedback

You can also contribute by being a feedback provider to one or several of the speakers. By giving valuable positive and constructive comments on their presentations you help them improve and at the same time practice your own skill to give and reflect on feedback.

Should you participate by both giving a presentation and giving feedback (not necessarily during the same year) you will be given a certificate of your participation which can be a valuable addition to your CV.

Naturally, all are most welcome to listen regardless if you are a speaker or not.

Register to the conference

All participants must register for the conference. Register here.

To give a presentation

Giving a presentation at the Student Conference is to give a 15 minute presentation in front of a larger audience of about 100 persons. The presentation may be about any scientific subject of your choice and the only limitation is that everybody in the audience should be able to understand, which means giving the presentation at a level which is common for all science students, regardless of if it is biology or physics.

Presentations may be held in Swedish or English, whichever you prefer. You usually have a bigger toolbox of techniques when giving a presentation in the language you have the most experience with but depending on your goals whichever language may be suitable.

When giving an oral presentation there are a lot of things that you may want to consider to make the presentation as good as possible. Click on "Oral presentations" in the menu to the left to get som basic help.

You may also contact us who work with the communication training via e-mail (diana@ibg.uu.se) to get coaching before and after your presentation.

Giving feedback

As a feedback provider at the Student Conference you have a responsibility to give constructive as well as positive feedback to the speaker you have been assigned. Because it probably is the first time the speaker gives a presentation in front of such a large audience the person giving feedback need to help the speaker develop in this rather special context. Regardless of level of expertise giving presentations you can always become better. And it is here you as a feedback provider comes in.

To be able to give focused and well balanced feedback to help someone improve is a skill all in its own. You can use the forms provided in DiaNa to get points of reference when giving feedback. The most important thing though, is to give feedback from your own perspective.

To better prepare yourself for your role as a feedback provider click on "Feedback" in the menu to the left, or contact us (diana@ibg.uu.se) for a personal session.