Talks and public speaking
We provide a range of inspirational and informational talks, based on our experiences. We all have multidisciplinary backgrounds, and are used to communicating with a range of audiences as part of our work.
Dr Gordon Rugg found a solution to the mystery of an ancient manuscript that the world's best codebreakers had been unable to decipher. That discovery arose from his work with Jo on a method for solving the hardest problems. That work has featured in several television documentaries and articles in Scientific American, the Guardian and elsewhere.
Gordon's experiences include working in a timberyard, in archaeology, and as an English lecturer, before doing a PhD in Psychology and then working in Artificial Intelligence and software design, among other topics. A key feature of his work has been using those experiences to link his research firmly to real world applications. A related strong point of his work has been linking together useful concepts from a range of disciplines into systematic overviews.
Dr Jo Hyde has had a varied career, ranging from catering and history to a PhD in Computing, and working as a teacher.
Dr Crina Samarghitean is an experienced multidisciplinary researcher, with a particular interest in fostering communication between medical research and the community. Her work includes interviewing Nobel Prize winners in her field, to gain insights into how they work.
Jennifer Skillen has been applying our methods to improve communications between the medical world and patients, with very positive results.
Kate Breeze's final year student project took her to Hollywood consultancy. Having achieved her dream, she is keen to help others to discover and to achieve their dreams.
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Some examples of our talks
Achieving your dreams: Gordon Rugg, Jo Hyde, Kate Breeze
Gordon, Jo and Kate have achievements that span ancient mysteries, software design and Hollywood. This talk is about practical steps that other people can take to make their own dreams come true.
Communicating with medics: Jennifer Skillen
This talk is based on Jennifer's work; it shows how to use images and diagrams to communicate clearly and effectively when patients meet medics.
Cracking hard problems: Gordon Rugg
Hard problems become a lot easier to crack if you have the right tools for the task. In this talk, Gordon describes some simple tools that he's found invaluable.
Images of gender: Gordon Rugg, Jo Hyde, Kate Breeze
We've used visual representation of category theory to produce clear, simple, and aesthetically striking visualisations of what different people mean when they talk about gender. This talk explains the concepts, accompanied by the images.
Images of immunology: Crina Samarghitean
The medical world and the general public often have very different understandings of immunology and of related concepts. Crina encouraged people to use art to show their understandings, in a way that spans cultures and languages.
Visualising your life: Jo Hyde
People often put more resources into planning their kitchen than planning their life. This talk shows how some simple visualisations can help you to plan your life, and to turn it into what you want it to be.
What are we missing? Gordon Rugg
A lot of mistakes involve things that didn't happen: Failures to spot opportunities, or not being able to see how to solve a problem. A lot of Gordon's work has involved finding and fixing those mistakes. This talk is about how you can do the same.
What Nobel prize winners know: Crina Samarghitean
Crina interviewed Nobel laureates about what they thought that new researchers should know. This talk is about what they told her.