Research seminar: Introduction to public speaking

Posted on July 26, 2016

The Department of Research and Innovation Support, in collaboration with the Department of Library Services, cordially invites you to attend this research seminar.

Date: Friday, 5 August 2016
Time: 14:30 – 17:00
Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, Merensky 2 Library, Hatfield Campus

Presenter: Dr Bianca Verlinden obtained a BSc (Biotechnology, 2009) and a BSc Hons (Biochemistry, 2010) degree from the University of Pretoria, both cum laude. In 2011, her MSc degree was upgraded to a PhD degree in Biochemistry. During her PhD, Bianca received 5 international awards relating to her research and bio-entrepreneurship endeavours. The studies of her thesis led to the discovery of a novel antimalarial scaffold, distinct from any existing antimalarial compound. Her work has been published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and has been cited 24 times and included in the following books: 2012 edition of Advances in protozoa research and treatment, 2013 edition of Amines- Advances in research and applications and was also reviewed in the 2013 Current topics in medicinal chemistry. These findings have also been presented at 11 international conferences, most on invitation. Bianca is an avid communicator and has trained as a public speaker for the past 8 years (2009-current) at Scientia Toastmasters Club, Pretoria. She has also been trained at the SARIMA (South African Research and Innovation Management Association): Science Communication for research and innovation which focuses on presenting science to the media. Bianca has also received media training through the On-cue Communications Television Media Presenting Course.

More about the topic: Students will be familiarised with techniques of public speaking and provided with tips on giving presentations.

Target audience: Researchers and postgraduate students.
RSVP electronically by Thursday 4 August 2016.
Enquiries: [email protected] or 012 420 5432.

- Author Zenzile Msweli

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