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Mon 18 May, Wed 20 May, Fri 22 May 2020
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The Engaged Researcher Online Training: Animate your Research

Mon 18 May, Wed 20 May, Fri 22 May 2020


Animations can be a powerful tool to convey a message and to capture your audiences attention and interest. By bringing movement into your visualisation you add a new dimension to your visual storytelling and the process can be incredibly creative. This course will introduce you to a range of animation techniques using simple techniques to get you started on animating your own research. No previous knowledge or special equipment required.

Monday session 1: - Introduction to animation with instructions on how to work on your own animation throughout the week

Wednesday Session 2: - Mentoring time for questions or one-on-one advise

Friday Session 3: - showcase and presentation of the produced animations

Target audience

PGR students, research and professional staff


Creative work often starts with inspiration and an inspiration board or folder can be great to get into the right mind-set. In preparation of the course it is very useful to gather all visual material that you might want to use. This can be pictures or videos from your research, or visualisations from the web that you find inspiring. Please do collect all materials in one folder or one PowerPoint presentation. Feel free to add anything you like, this can also be colours or fonts you love or creative work from others that you find interesting.


Number of sessions: 3

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Mon 18 May   10:00 - 11:30 10:00 - 11:30 Dr Alina Loth
2 Wed 20 May   10:00 - 12:00 * 10:00 - 12:00 * Dr Alina Loth
3 Fri 22 May   10:00 - 11:00 * 10:00 - 11:00 * Dr Alina Loth
* Optional session.

Participants in this course will - think outside of the box to use animation for engagement and visual storytelling - learn various techniques to integrate movement into visualisations - explore the basics of stop-motion animation - learn how to generate animations in PowerPoint


In preparation for the introduction training session, here is a list of few things that might be useful to have at hand: (please note, these are just a few suggestions, nothing is mandatory and we can always work with the materials you have available)

- A computer, ideally with PowerPoint installed and a mouse (all additional freeware software can be installed during the course) - A smartphone with camera, if at hand: a selfie-stick or tripod - Paper: printer paper works just fine, if you don’t have any blank paper a notebook or the backside of old invoices will do as well), post its are always useful for a quick brainstorm - Pens, pencils, ball pens, watercolour … (gather what you have!) - If you prefer working 3-dimensional get yourself some play-dough or worst case mix some flour, salt and water

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