How to explain difficult things

‘That will never work, my research is just too complex.’ Researchers often feel that they are simply buried too deep in their research domain to still understandably present it to their audience. Although, when I overhear a theoretical physicist attempt to explain a story that even his fellow researchers have trouble grasping, also I am…

Why your research is (not) hitting the media

So, why is your scientific breakthrough not hitting the news? After all, you did your best: you found a clever angle, reached out to your home press office, wrote a clear press release and have been available for contact the entire time. Why, then, has no one gotten in touch with you? Let’s talk about…

Where is the Brussels inner ring road located?

There is more jargon out there than you think. In this blog post we will answer the question: ‘Where exactly is the Brussels inner ring road located?’ and we’ll look at the different types of jargon. When I urge scientists to use less jargon during their presentations, they often reply: ‘but people in my field…

Find the opposition

Imagine that you are driving along a dark highway. You are all alone in the car and the road is deserted. You have another 400 miles to go. On a straight stretch of road, with no twists or curves ahead of you. No distraction within sight. And you doze off. Something very similar occurs during…

Creating a poster in 4 clear steps

Our blog is filled with advice on how to create your next poster. And yet, many researchers are simply not applying those tips. Why is that? Are the many tips blurring your very first step? Do you revert to old habits, the minute your gaze hits that blank piece of paper? For that reason, very…

Slide design for dummies

Because all too many researchers struggle with the design of their presentation, I wanted to show you a couple of before-and-after slide examples. Extreme slide make-over! For your information: I recently helped Marianne rework her thesis presentation. She approached me with a rough draft of her presentation, and that was what we started tinkering with….