Do you find it difficult to explain your research at parties to your friends and family?
Increasingly, researchers are asked to present their research in a compelling way to an audience of non-scientists. Quite a challenge to explain something you are unravelling for years in just 3 minutes! But mastering the skills of pitching and storytelling is very useful, also at conferences or for obtaining personal grants. Breaking Science is a pitch contest for young researchers organized by Utrecht University, to practice and improve this skill.
It was a lot of fun and I really valued the connections I made with the other participants. Now I no longer have T-rex arms during presentations and am more aware of the story I'm telling while presenting.