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Women in STEM

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On 30 January 2017, we hosted (in collaboration with the Office for Women) a communication training session designed to equip participants with the skills necessary to enter the Queensland Women in STEM competition which closes 17 February 2017. Participants were able to practice one minute pitches receiving feedback from fellow participants.

Here are some tips from the training session:

  • Think about who your audience is i.e. general public, people interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), competition judges
  • Use simple, clear, plain English and avoid jargon and acronyms
  • Practice/rehearse the script for your video in front of people who are not familiar with your work – ask them for feedback about content and delivery
  • Have only a few key messages in mind which you would like to get across in your video
  • Where possible, utilise your media and communications team in your relevant organisation to assist with your application
  • Use visual aids (video/still images) of your work place, specimen, location etc. to help the audience visualise your work and what you do (but try and avoid too much background noise)
  • Use a video editing program such as iMovie 10 or Windows Movie Maker 2012
  • Any questions please ask!

Winners of the Women in STEM competition will be announced during World Science Festival Brisbane in March 2017.