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Nanoparticles, velcro, marbles and a hot glue gun

CNBPat Questacon SciComm event Dec 2014-2

16 December 2014 :Science Communication workshop.
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein.

On December 15-16th, 9 CNBP ECRs from University of Adelaide,  RMIT University, Macquarie University and SAHMRI attended a science communication workshop at the Questacon workshop (Canberra) and were taught the importance of translating their research into lay terms. More specifically, explaining concepts such as the use of nanoparticles for targeted drug therapy to an 8 year old. Its harder than you think and involves the art of scaffolding; i.e. simplifying a concept by using analogies.

The most interactive and fun session of the workshop involved us creating models and physical demonstrations of our research and included us all running around the Questacon workshop to explain current, throwing paper at people as a demonstration of drug delivery, different coloured glow sticks as an analogy for the use of nanoparticles/probes to diagnose pain and the use of lots and lots of velcro and hot glue guns to make “up-scaled” nanoparticles. Think Playschool for scientists.

CNBP were proud to be sponsors of this professional development workshop which was developed by The ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, in partnership with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale BioPhotonics.

The workshop was designed to teach participants how to put their best foot forward in media interviews, community talks and scientific presentations.