Making an Elevator Pitch for Effective Scientific Communication


Making an Elevator Pitch for Effective Scientific Communication

29 July 2020, 11:00 - 12:00

In this webinar, Dr Niamh Kavanagh will discuss how to communicate a scientific concept in a couple of minutes, and share nine tips that she uses to make an elevator pitch - from the daunting start staring at a blank page, through the process of making your pitch clear, relatable and memorable, to taking your pitch the extra mile! Dr Niamh Kavanagh has taken part in many science communication activities, both technical and non-technical, with peers, the general public and students of all ages. Dr Kavanagh has had particular success with science communication pitches, winning awards such as the Institute of Physics early communicator award, Famelab and Thesis in 3. Join Dr Kavanagh in this webinar to find out how to structure your pitch, centre your audience, clarify your main message, cope with nerves, and much more!

Dr Niamh Kavanagh is a scientific consultant and award-winning communicator. She has been named one of “6 Rising Stars of Irish Research”, “20 incredible women leading the way to scientific advancement” and “13 women helping women in STEM” by Silicon Republic (Ireland’s leading technology news service).

Her PhD research was dedicated to designing, building, and optimising an optical communications system to provide alternatives for future internet growth. Today, Dr Kavanagh is self-employed and works as a consultant scientific products specialist with M Squared Lasers, a leading developer of photonics and quantum technology on a mission to harness the power of light to change the world. M Squared Lasers is addressing some of society’s greatest challenges in science, climate change and healthcare.

Dr Kavanagh is a passionate advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion. She is co-chair of House of STEM (Ireland’s first network for LGBTQ+ people in STEM), has driven several gender equality initiatives and is an award-winning mentor for her work with disadvantaged youth. She is AVP of Equity and Diversity for the IEEE Photonics Society and a 2020 OSA ambassador.