Advancing Your Scientific Presentations: Our experts

Advancing Your Scientific Presentations course

Our Advancing Your Scientific Presentations course has been developed with an expert panel of international academics and professionals.
 

Michael Alley

Michael is a Teaching Professor of Engineering at Penn State and he holds masters in both electrical engineering and writing. He is passionate about rethinking the way in which scientific presentations are conducted, and is the author of The Craft of Scientific Presentations, most recently updated in 2018. Michael advocates for an assertion-evidence approach, which is grounded in the principles of cognitive neuroscience. For more than a decade, he has used this approach to help engineers and scientists from renowned institutions such as Harvard Medical School, the National Science Foundation, MIT and Shanghai Jiao Tong University improve their communication skills. Michael’s websites, assertion-evidence.com and craftofscientificwriting.com, provide excellent resources for researchers globally, and each has been downloaded in excess of 250,000 times per year.

Shohini Ghose

Shohini is a multi-award-winning physicist, researching how the laws of quantum physics can be applied to computation and communication. As a Professor of Physics and Computer Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, she has been recognised for her excellence in research and teaching, was elected to the College of the Royal Society of Canada in 2017 and was featured among 25 women from around the world in the UNESCO “Remarkable Women in Technology” exhibition in 2019. She is a strong advocate for diverse and inclusive science as a Founding Director of the Laurier Centre for Women in Science and she holds one of five Canadian Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering. As a regular speaker at a variety of conferences and on multiple media platforms, Shohini is also a celebrated science communicator. In 2014 she was selected as one of 20 TED Fellows and one of 10 TED Senior Fellows in 2018. Her TED talk, ‘A beginner’s guide to quantum computing’, has been viewed more than 4.5 million times.

Nolan Haims

Nolan is a global industry leader in presentation design and a recognised Microsoft PowerPoint MVP since 2014. He is the principal of Nolan Haims Creative where he and his team of graphic designers and storytellers create compelling presentations and visual communications that allow individuals and organizations to show up differently and communicate more effectively. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field having created presentations for Fortune 500 CEOs, TED Talks, and all the major television networks. Before starting Nolan Haims Creative, he was Vice President and Director of Presentation for Edelman, the world's largest public relations company, helping them secure high value contracts by communicating more visually. Nolan provides training and workshops on how to create better presentations and data visualizations and speaks at national conferences. He is a founding member of the Presentation Guild and has been a co-host of the Presentation Podcast since 2016.

Magdalena Skipper

Magdalena is the Editor in Chief of Nature and Chief Editorial Advisor for Nature Research. Her considerable experience in science communication comes as a result of the high profile roles she has held, having been Chief Editor of Nature Reviews Genetics, Senior Editor for genetics and genomics at Nature and Editor in Chief of Nature Communications. Magdalena is a geneticist by training, obtaining her PhD from the University of Cambridge before working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Imperial Cancer Research fund. Both as a researcher and in her roles at Springer Nature, she has delivered numerous presentations, including at the World Science Forum, the Global Bioeconomy Summit and Tencent WE Summit. Magdalena is passionate about transparent science and providing clarity in science communication, as well as helping the development of early career researchers.

Michael White

Michael is a Senior Editor at Nature, handling submissions on atmosphere, oceans, the cryosphere and hydrology. An accomplished researcher, he studied terrestrial ecosystem modeling and remote sensing during his PhD at the University of Montana and spent seven years in the faculty at Utah State University. Michael has honed his scientific communication skills throughout his career, having presented talks and seminars at a variety of institutions, including Stockholm University, Dartmouth and the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. He has also hosted his own podcast, the Forecastpod, and written Nature editorials and in Nature Careers.

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Michael Alley
Shohini Ghose
Nolan Haims
Magdalena Skipper
Michael White