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Are you a PhD student? Can you ‘Junk the Jargon’?

Monday 4 February 2013

Can you communicate your research topic to a broad audience in three minutes? Can you make it interesting, engaging and fun? Do you want to win £400?! The Learning Institute, in collaboration with QM’s three faculties, are holding the fourth annual ‘Junk the Jargon’ competition for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in February.

Junk the Jargon challenges participants to communicate their research topic in an engaging and fun way to a broad audience - in just three minutes. Heats and finals are taking place in February so even if you are not competing, make sure you come down and support your faculty!

Heats will be held in each faculty in February:

• School of Medicine and Dentistry: Tuesday 12 February, 5pm in the Clark-Kennedy Lecture Theatre, Whitechapel. Contact Tom Vulliamy for more information: t.vulliamy@qmul.ac.uk.  
• Humanities and Social Sciences: Wednesday 13 February, 5pm in People’s Palace, Lecture Theatre 1, Mile End. Contact Jo Cordy for more information: j.m.cordy@qmul.ac.uk.
• Science and Engineering: Wednesday 20 February, 5pm in People’s Palace, Lecture Theatre 1, Mile End. Contact Jo Cordy for more information: j.m.cordy@qmul.ac.uk.

Successful participants from the heats will go through to the final, held on Wednesday 27 February, from 5pm in the Skeel Lecture Theatre, People’s Palace, Mile End.

Prizes of £400, £200 and £100 will be awarded for the top three presentations. The final will be judged by a panel of experts, including Professor Peter McOwan, Vice-Principal (External Partnerships and Public Engagement); Professor Fran Balkwill, Director of the Centre of the Cell; Dr Thomas Dixon, Director of the Queen Mary Centre for History of the Emotions; and Professor John Rentoul, chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday and visiting Professor in the Mile End Group.

You can also read about and view videos from previous year’s competitions on the Learning Institute’s website.

For any questions about Junk the Jargon, please contact Jo Cordy: j.m.cordy@qmul.ac.uk.

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