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Whether standing by your conference poster, at a professional networking event, or in the pub, the question is the same: "So, what is it that you do?" With that crucial 2 minute elevator pitch answer ready, you'll never say "ummmm" again!


You know your research is interesting and important. But how do you explain it quickly and get others interested and enthusiastic rather than confused and bored? This workshop will teach you how to identify and communicate the key features of your research in a range of situations where time is short and the person you’re talking to is not an expert - whether it’s Bill Gates in a lift, or your great aunt at a family party.

Have a research project in mind and we’ll help you develop a perfect elevator pitch to bring it to life.


The first EQUATOR workshop for 2018 will be led by Dr Jen de Beyer. Jen is CSM’s science writing, dissemination, and publication specialist. She’s here to help your research reach its full potential through clear, complete writing and communication skills that help you reach your target audience. She develops resources on how to write fantastic health research articles and teaches science writing skills through the UK EQUATOR Centre


This workshop is open to University of Oxford staff and students. Booking is required. Please email Caroline Struthers ( if you would like to attend this session.

EQUATOR Lightning Workshops 2018

Light up your research with new writing and publication skills with EQUATOR Lightning Workshops. These monthly workshops are given by writing and methods experts from the UK EQUATOR Centre and the Centre for Statistics in Medicine.

The full schedule for 2018 can be found here.

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Forthcoming events

RSS Oxford talk on Intergenerational fairness of pensions: Statistical analysis, assumptions and actuarial models

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 4.30pm to 6pm @ Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Statistics, 24-29 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LB

OCTRU New Starter Training

Tuesday, 03 December 2019, 10am to 11.30am @ Botnar Research Centre, Room G51

Trials Expertise Session: Informed Consent

Tuesday, 03 December 2019, 10am to 11am @ Botnar Research Centre, Room G54

UK EQUATOR Centre Publication School: March 2020

Thursday, 12 March 2020 to Friday, 13 March 2020, 9am - 5pm @ Botnar Research Centre, University of Oxford

The secrets of success in writing, publishing, and disseminating research articles

Bristol and Oxford Surgical Trials Intervention Course (BOSTiC) 2020

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 to Friday, 10 July 2020

The Oxford and Bristol Surgical Trials Units will be holding a 3 day surgical research training event on surgical trials for foundation, core and specialist trainees of all surgical specialities.

UK EQUATOR Centre Publication School: July 2020

Thursday, 16 July 2020 to Friday, 17 July 2020, 9am - 5pm @ Botnar Research Centre, University of Oxford

The secrets of success in writing, publishing, and disseminating research articles