The Best Talk of Your Life: How to Communicate Your Research in a Memorable Way

Date & Time

Wednesday, 14 February 2018
09:00 to 11:00


Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success

Registration Closed / Past Event


Note: This session is immediately followed by a 1 hour session on Strategies for Presenting Your Thesis in 3 Minutes. For more information on the 2018 3MT Competition at UBC, please visit .

As researchers, we’re often asked to talk about our work – sometimes to our colleagues through seminars and conference talks, and sometimes to an engaged public at a community event. However, it can be difficult for many of us to craft a compelling and memorable talk – think about how often you’ve been in talks and have promptly forgotten the speaker’s topic as soon as the talk has ended. How can you give a talk that people will remember? This short workshop will cover some of the basics of scientific storytelling - how to craft a talk that’s right for your audience, how to hook them with an exciting narrative, and how to leave them with a clear impression of your research and why it matters.


Dr. Jennifer Gardy

Dr. Jennifer Gardy is a scientist and a science communicator. In her scientific life, she’s a Senior Scientist at the BC Centre for Disease Control and holds a Canada Research Chair in Public Health Genomics at UBC. In her communication life, she’s a longtime guest presenter on CBC Television’s flagship science documentary series, The Nature of Things, and a children’s book author. She regularly speaks to trainees and faculty on how to improve their science communication skills.

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, February 5 at 9:00am.

Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within two business days at the e-mail associated with your account. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail us at


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.