iHEALTH students strengthen their communication skills in a scientific communication workshop.

With the presentation of his “Thesis in 3 minutes” by Juan Pablo Meneses, PhD student in Engineering Sciences at UC, the Scientific Communication Workshop was held last Tuesday, September 27, given by the Communications Director of the Millennium Institute iHEALTH, Bárbara Morales Medina.

“The aim of the workshop is for students to strengthen their scientific communications skills and we opted for an activity where attendees could listen to the real experience of a student, like them, and about topics related to the research they are developing. Closeness is very important to value learning,” said Bárbara.

Juan Pablo participated in the 3MT UC contest, which consists of a research communication competition, where doctoral students are challenged to communicate, in just three minutes and in English, the significance of their thesis projects to an audience not specialized. This involves an oral presentation, in which students must explain their research convincingly, concisely and clearly, in language appropriate for a non-expert audience. The purpose of the competition is not to assess English language proficiency as such, but rather the student’s ability to communicate about research.

Juan Pablo shares his experience: “As a doctoral student, my training is closely associated with scientific research. In this sense, scientific dissemination, understood as the “downloading” to the non-expert public of all the research work carried out, seems to me to be super relevant in my training. Divulgation obliges in a certain way to be limited to the essentials of each project, which in turn allows the researcher to better understand the basic concepts and objectives of their research.”

The students who manage to advance as finalists in the contest – as was the case with Juan Pablo – then receive a series of workshops to improve or strengthen their presentations, and in the workshop held for the iHEALTH Institute he was able to share some of the advice he there he learned.

Then it was the turn for all the workshop attendees to work on their own presentations. “I think that many of the workshop participants showed an interest in developing a more grounded account of their research projects. Time or word restrictions are a constant for postgraduate students, so I think that the advice given during the workshop can be very useful for them in the future,” concluded Juan Pablo.