Considering entering the UJ Visualise Your Thesis competition? The Postgraduate School can help; we’re running workshops on:

Click on the links below to register for the workshops

  1. Visual presentation skills (24 July 2018, 09:00-13:00 and 3 August 2018, 11:00-15:00)

A thesis is the main point of a paper, supported by detail and evidence. In this workshop, participants will discover and produce ways of creating visual representations to augment this support. The workshop focuses on best practice design principles and also how you can source and correctly use design media off the internet.

Using visual and design techniques and frameworks, participants will learn how to communicate complex ideas and or data using simple functional drawing techniques to brainstorm, curate, and formulate digital stories that inform, engage, innovate and that are accessible in a digital format that reaches your target audience.

  1. Using PowerPoint for research communication (25 July 2018, 09:00-12:00)

This workshop will explore the different ways PowerPoint can be used to communicate your research. The workshop will specifically focus on the PowerPoint template used in the Visualise Your Thesis competition, showing the different uses of video, audio and infographics to help summarize your research.

  1. Communicating science to non-specialist audiences (26 July 2018, 09:00-11:30)

How do you describe your research to people outside of your field? This is an important question not just because we live in the age of public scholarship but because research requires the ability to communicate with funders, administrators, communities and potential research participants, all of whom may not be familiar with the language of your discipline. This workshop will provide some strategies to help you communicate your research to non-specialist audiences. We will consider questions such as:

  • when to use or avoid discipline-specific language?
  • how to use metaphors and analogies to cross disciplinary boundaries?
  • how storytelling strategies can be used to tell the story of your research?

Talking or writing about your research for audiences beyond your supervisor and peers is an important skill to develop as a researcher. This workshop will help you build that skill, allowing you to communicate with academics outside of your field, journalists in the media and the everyday person on the street.