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IsoSiM Summer School 2015


The first annual IsoSiM summer school will be focused on training students in effective writing of research documents and preparing and delivering effective oral presentations. During the first part of the training session (Thursday, June 25th)  the instructor - Jean-luc Doumont - will explain how to prepare and deliver powerful presentations. Among others, the session will cover structure, slides, and delivery, as well as stage fright. The second training session (Friday, June 26th) will be focused on preparing a research publication from the point of view of the readers, and not the logic of the authors, to make it more convincing. Structuring the article from the whole paper down to paragraphs and constructing effective abstracts will be discussed in detail.

Dr. Jean-luc Doumont, the Nature Series Editor and Lead Author of English Communication for Scientists, is an engineer from the Louvain School of Engineering and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University. A world-acclaimed expert on scientific communication, Jean-luc has 20 years of experience running lectures and workshops on writing scientific papers, giving oral presentations, graphing data, and related topics in English, French, Dutch, and Spanish. His audiences include graduate students, postdocs, and faculty at top-notch universities around the world (including MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Caltech, and Harvard), scientists at public research centers (such as NIST, CDC, VIB, ICFO) and at private R&D centers (such as HHMI, Shell, Johnson & Johnson), attendees at international conferences (such as thoseof SPIE and IEEE), and many more. Jean-luc is a founding partner at Principiae, a lecturer with SPIE and OSA, and the author of Trees, maps, and theorems, a book on "effective communication for rational minds."

Program of the Summer School (Jun 22 - 30):

Monday, June 22:
  9:00 –  9:30      Kick-off meeting 

  9:30 – 12:00      Meeting in teams with supervising PIs

Tuesday – Wednesday, June 23 – 24: 
Work in teams

Thursday, June 25:
  9:00 – 12:30      “Fundamentals of Writing” (training session with J-l. Doumont)

                           "Effective Oral Presentations 1" (training session with J-l. Doumont)

12:30 – 13:30     Lunch

13:30 – 17:00      “Effective Oral Presentations 2”, (training session with J-l. Doumont)

Friday, June 26:
  9:00 – 12:30      “Effective Written Documents” (training session with J-l. Doumont)

12:30 – 13:30      Lunch

13:30 – 17:00      “Effective Graphs” (training session with J-l. Doumont)

Tuesday, June 30: IsoSiM Partnership Day
10:00 – 12:00      “Structuring your research paper”, public lecture J-l. Doumont

12:00 - 13:00        Lunch

13:00 - 14:30        Tour of TRIUMF for the industrial partners (optional)

14:30 - 15:00        Break

15:00 - 16:30        IsoSiM students’ presentations

16:30 - 17:00        Coffee break

17:00 – 19:00     Industrial partners’ presentations and discussion panel on “Career paths in Industry for young researchers”

19:00 - 20:30        Reception

Download handouts for Jean-luc's sessions from this page.

Location: TRIUMF Auditorium

Organizing Committee:

Christian Buchwalder
Iris Dillmann
Ania Kwiatkowski
Ryan McFadden
Monika Stachura

Earlier Event: June 11
Junior Research Symposium
Later Event: August 6
Management Fundamentals Workshop