Developing Your Scientific Elevator Pitch

  • Your research is exciting and complicated, but how do you share that excitement and complexity when you have just minutes, or even seconds, to get it out?
  • How do you tailor your message for everything from scientific conferences to Thanksgiving dinner?
  • Have you ever wondered how to efficiently and effectively convey the importance of your research to funders, to legislators, and to the public?

In this interactive workshop, you will learn to present a clear, concise and attractive message about your own research. Laura Lane, associate director of UCSF Government Relations, and Bill Lindstaedt, assistant vice chancellor of Career Advancement, International and Postdoctoral Services, will start with an overview of the types of audiences: colleagues, funders, legislators, friends and family. You will learn a framework for constructing the content of your message — one that can be tailored to different situations and audiences. We will then finish with a constructive and supportive critique of your own elevator pitch. At the end of this workshop, you will be more confident science communicators and ambassadors for science.

The science you share is just as important as the science you do. After all, it doesn’t matter how great it is if no one understands it!

Lunch provided.

Hosted by the Graduate Division