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  1. #1 Interesting scientist/science topic to talk about in speech? 
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    Who is an interesting scientist that i can talk about in a 5 minute speech?
    E.g. Mendel, Newton, Gelileo

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    A general overview of one particular area of Science showing the development of ideas over time. E.g. structure of an atom, origin of the universe, antibiotics and medicine, etc.



    Note: I need to show a powerpoint presentation whilst i talk.


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    Consult Pammela.

    Purpose - why are you giving the speech?
    Audience - who are you talking to?
    Message - What is the message you wish to deliver?
    Medium - How will you present it?
    Era - (It's the closest I can get to time.) How long do you have to present it?
    Location - Where will you present it?
    Achievement - Will the message get through?

    You've already answered some of these questions. Five minutes is not long. It's ten PowerPoint slides, maximum.

    You need a hook - a startling fact, a 'mystery', that captures the audience's attention from the outset.
    You need a conclusion that neatly wraps up the mystery, or explains the startling fact.

    So don't just talk about Mendel, but open - for example - along these lines. "Here in this monastery in the mountains of Austria, not many kilometres from the town of Graz, the Abbot Gregor died in 1878 (or whatever it was). Known for his sympathetic running of the monastery few remembered that in his younger days he had devoted years to researching peas..........."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chocoholic
    Who is an interesting scientist that i can talk about in a 5 minute speech?
    That would be me.
    "Kill them all and let God sort them out."

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    Quote Originally Posted by spuriousmonkey
    Quote Originally Posted by Chocoholic
    Who is an interesting scientist that i can talk about in a 5 minute speech?
    That would be me.
    At least there is something to talk about for at least 5 minutes. :wink:

    I'd say pick a controversial topic, present differing opinions and the future prospects. Choose something that has relevance to an average guy/girl. You will get maximum impact out of a mere 5 minutes.
    Disclaimer: I do not declare myself to be an expert on ANY subject. If I state something as fact that is obviously wrong, please don't hesitate to correct me. I welcome such corrections in an attempt to be as truthful and accurate as possible.

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    Talk about Craig Venter and whether he looks better in a goatee or not.
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    and why he chose to put himself forward as the holotype for the human genome
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    I think it is because of his baby blue eyes.

    Or maybe he thought that sequencing his genome would help baldness research.
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    You could do a little bit of research on someone like Leó Szilárd and open with his part in the start of the Manhattan project and why he tried to stop it.

    Or try looking for some topic which might interest the crowd. Advances in medicine, recent Nobel prize winners.

    When doing a power point - have enough info to keep the non listeners up to date, but not too much to make it hard to read.

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