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 Opens

Monday, 5 February 2018 - 9:00am

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. Confirmation of registration will be sent within two working days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please send a message to:


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.