We have established a program to train scientists to effectively present their research to an audience of informed lay people.

The training begins by videotaping scientists to allow them to observe their current speech and body mannerisms. Then we adopt a format similar to “TED” talks, approximately 18 minute presentations, with minimal PowerPoint, designed to transmit complex material in a clear, concise, and engaging manner.  “TED” talk training culminates in a “Three Minute Thesis” – 3MT – contest (developed by the University of Queensland in Australia) as the final, good-natured, ‘contest’ to teach our scientists to present effectively to an educated lay audience.