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So you want to do a Public Lecture?
A great way to showcase your research and excite the public about physics is to do a public lecture. A public lecture that relates to a timely topic, one that is in the news a lot, can draw many people and create “buzz” about you, your department, and physics in general and its role in society. An important thing to remember about public lectures is that they are just that: lectures for the public. This means that you are not speaking before your colleagues who are physicists themselves. You are speaking in front of an audience that may not have much education or background in the subject you are presenting on. But they are eager to learn. You don’t need to talk down to them, but you may need to explain, using simple words and examples/metaphors, the basics of the subject of your speech. Also, keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to give a lecture about your specific research. Rather, it can be about another topic, perhaps an exciting topic that is in the news right now (such as the Large Hadron Collider).
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