I am currently developing a few short research workshops on various topics (see below). I have refined and created these workshops by running them with small groups of researchers, and I plan on running some virtual versions of the workshops soon. If one of the topics below interests you, please feel free to message me, and I will add you to the list for the next workshop.

Systemic reviews/maps for dummies

In this workshop, I go through the basics of starting a systemic review or map. There are many essential steps to a systemic literature search that can be overwhelming when you first start. This workshop aims to get someone unfamiliar with systemic reviews and/or map up to speed and help them avoid the typical pitfalls when first attempting one. This covers the following broad topics, designing your research question, searching databases, developing a search string, testing a search string, abstract and full-text screening, testing sensitivity and comprehensiveness, pre-registration of project, and protocol pre-registration or publication.

The figures shown here are an example of a screening decision tree (title and abstract, as well as a full text) and ‘mock’ results. This was developed for a recent systemic map project on the impacts of psychoactive drugs on aquatic organisms (Martin et al. 2021; PDF).

Scientific presentations: make your slides speak for you

In this workshop, I explain my strategy and thoughts behind constructing a scientific presentation. This brief workshop aims to give the participants a few simple techniques that can make their talk visually engaging and can make their talks easier to deliver. Whenever I design a presentation, I try to make the slides and structure so clear that even if my verbal delivery is awful, the audience still knows exactly what I am talking about (make your slides speak for you).

I also briefly touch on tools for making visuals in your talk, both within PowerPoint and Adobe Illustrator.

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