I am currently developing a few short research workshops, on a range of topics (see below). I have been refining and developing these workshops by running them with small groups of researchers. I plan on running some virtual versions of the workshops soon. If one of the topics below interest 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 is many important steps to a systemic literature search which can be a little overwhelming when you first start. The aim of this workshop is to get someone that is unfamiliar with systemic reviews and/or map up to speed, and to help them avoid the typical pitfalls when first attempting one. This covers the following broad topics, designing your research question, search 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 is 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).

Scientific presentations: make your slides talk for you

In this workshop, I explain my process, and thoughts behind, the construction of a scientific presentation. The aim of this brief workshop is to give the participants a few simple strategies that can make their talk visually engaging, and can make the talk much easier to deliver. Whenever I design a talk, I try and make the slides and structure so clear that even if I ‘butcher’ the delivery, the audience still knows exactly what I was presenting (make your slides talk for you).

I also briefly touch on tools for making visuals in your talk, both within PowerPoint and Adobe Illustrator. The figure to the left if an example of a simple visual I have used as the opening slide of my talk.

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