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Rhyme-your-research II: Performance (co-organized)
Convener: Esther Posner  | Co-Conveners: Sam Illingworth , Tim van Emmerik 
Wed, 20 Apr, 12:15–13:15

Poetry is one of the oldest forms of art, potentially even predating literacy. However, what on Earth does it have to do with science? One is usually subjective and emotive, whilst the other (for the most part) is objective and empirical. However, poetry can be a very effective tool in communicating science to a broader audience, and can even help to enhance the long-term retention of scientific content. During a two-part session, we will discuss how poetry can be used to make (your) science more accessible to the world, including to your students, your professors, your (grand)parents, and the general public. Part I will focus on composition (i.e. how to write a poem) and Part II will focus on performance (i.e. how to recite a poem).

Reading a poem, speech, or professional presentation from a piece of paper requires little technical skill, but to deliver a powerful, effective, and potentially unforgettable performance requires training and commitment. In this session, experienced science-poets will discuss the basics of spoken-word poetry before encouraging all participants to present a short performance of their own (either an original work or using a provided example). We will teach presentation and memorization techniques, thereby helping to improve and explore performance skills, all of which can have many positive benefits in terms of career development and in the delivery of professional presentations. Participants will have the opportunity to receive feedback and advice on how to develop their performance poetry skills into effective and engaging tools for science communication. We aim to maximize empowerment and minimize intimidation. Those who wish may recite their product during the “EGU Science Poetry Slam 2016”.

Those wishing to learn how to best recite their poetry will also be encouraged to attend the accompanying session. Whilst participants are not required to visit both sessions, a limited number of places is available in both, based on a first-come, first-served basis.