My dad and I

When I was six years old, my father stayed home for a year and took care of all the housework. We became very close that year.

 

People around us were probably bewildered by this castling of the gender roles. But for me, it felt like the most natural thing in the world. A monthly magazine for women, Damernas Värld, sent a reporter and a photographer.

 

I love this photo of my dad – I can feel that we are connected in many different ways.

Three genres I turn to when I want to relax

Words, words, words (that’s actually a Hamlet quote – from Act 2 Scene 2)! As a professional writer, you have to be a professional reader as well. In a way, you’re a text machine where an ingoing feed of text (from latin textus ‘tissue’) is transformed into an outgoing feed.

But when I want to relax and enjoy that the time just slips by, I turn to three genres:

• Thrillers and crime fiction.
• Rock biographies, especially from the surrealistic seventies.
• War memories from foot soldiers.

The last one may seem a bit odd.

A few notes on Time by Bowie and Scentless Apprentice by Nirvana

Time on Bowie’s 1973 album Aladdin Sane (which can be read “A lad insane”). Such production work, such cooperation between three amazing musicians and one poet (where Bowie plays two of the roles. Mike Garson’s piano which effortlessly moves between vaudeville, glam rock and jazz, Bowie’s desperate struggle with the most terrible oppressor of them all – Old Father Time, and then the timing of Mick Ronson’s guitar solo – one underlined phrase which sets the whole song on fire for a couple of bars.

Scentless Apprentice reminds me that the greatest Kurt Cobain album was not Nevermind but the fragmented and chaotic last album, In Utero, which has DESPAIR written all over it. I was 30, expecting my second child and witnessed the greatest musical artist and rock poet of my generation destruct himself and choose a lonely death with a shotgun in his mouth, according to the pitiful marginalized-male cultural protocol he was taught during his mobile home upbringing. Whitetrash to Whitetrash, Guns to Guns.

And his eyes were just as blue as the eyes of my two year old son. Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

 

 

A birthday celebration to my brother

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR BROTHER! On this your big day, I was very happy to receive this photo from our mother. It shows a sunny summer day in Rydebäck, south of Helsingborg, where we had some bright and formative years in a collective of kids from (as it seemed) happy and optimistic core families.

The reason that I like this photograph is that I think it mirrors our characters and our relation. You’re the serious and target-oriented explorer of the world (in this case a The Famous Five book; probably Five Go Down To The Sea). I am the easy-going spectator of whats going on – more motivated by inspiration and things I stumble over that catch my curiosity.

There’s a nice harmony in the composition. You are deep down in your well of concentration, and you will have finished this book before the evening meal. On the other hand, I will not have achieved anything measurable, but seem to enjoy this afternoon anyway.

The detail you should study is the admiration in my pose. I am fascinated by your reading skills and your focus – which eventually will earn you a Ph.D. and a career where you belong to the industrial elite of our nation.

If I should choose a single memory where I felt empowered by having such an able brother is the day during my high school years when you, the tech student at LTH, sat down to teach me how derivatives work.

I am looking forward to many fun dinners and activities together with our growing families – I am especially happy that we share a passion for music, nature, history and culture.

I think a Swedish SKÅL! is the right way to end this text:
SKÅL, STOREBRORSAN!

Beta-testning av Lottens podd ”När Lotten får avgöra”

Avsnitt #1: Det nya ordet fokusork

Det finns många ord som saknas i det svenska språket men som finns på engelska. Nu har jag löst problemet med ”attention span”: FOKUSORK!

Avsnitt #2: Berättelsen om barnförlamnings-vaccinet

My handwriting – a way of expressing myself

You may have noted that there has been some recent discourse about handwriting and its proven benefits for cognitive development and learning. While engaging in an online discussion, I realized that my own handwriting has been shaped by two persons:

• Birgitta #. and Inger #. – my first- and third-grade teachers (I skipped second class) who helped me and my classmates produce a neat and readable cursive. (It’s really hard to imagine a Swedish class of seven- to nine-year-olds doing this today!)

• Edward Bell – the British art director who designed the David Bowie album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). The scan below shows a handout I prepared for a presentation in English class. (Click on it to see the entire page.) I imitated Bell’s style, I adopted it and I kept it as a way of expressing myself.

QDETAILSS Poster Workshop Lund 11 + 14 November 2019

Hi everybody!

It was great meeting you yesterday, discussing communication and poster design. Here are some guidelines and links to help you with your work. Most important are these two:

  1. The Poster Design Hub
    A resource page for scientific posters
  2. The QDETAILSS 19 discussion group
    A LinkedIn group for feedback and discussion. Make sure you ask for an invitation. (I strongly recommend you to get a LinkedIn profile – it is becoming more and more useful for science people, especially in their contact with industry, healthcare, and national agencies. 

Looking forward to seeing your posters – be bold, and be interesting!

Feel free to email me or call me!

O.

PS I will add more stuff to this page.

+46 70 888 55 41
olle@bergman.com
se.linkedin.com/in/ollebergman/en
@OlleBergmanSE

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My slides

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Designing a poster – a work process

Intellectual preparation phase

  1. Decide on 2–4 main conclusions for your project.
  2. Pick out the visuals you need to support your conclusions.
  3. Write a working title (just a starting point for your planning – you will polish it later).

Basic Design Phase

  1. Use printouts, pen & paper, whiteboard and/or Post-it notes for sketching a layout.
  2. Decide on a logical order.
  3. Write single sentences for the different components (you will fill in more text later in the process).
  4. Start the layout work in PowerPoint or InDesign. Think about CRAP, stick to the grid and don’t make the text columns too wide. Think BIG! Here’s a tool (there’s plenty of them!) for creating a color palette: https://www.canva.com/color-palette/
  5. When you have a basic layout, add more text.

Refinement Phase

  1. Work on the title – I suggest writing three to five different alternatives and let your fellow students give feedback.
  2. Look at every single element (graph, diagram, header, paragraph, sentence, line, frame, logo …) and ask yourself ”Does it add value for the reader or is it just noise?”.
  3. Shorten the texts. Cherish the white space!
  4. Polish the visuals, thinking about the data/ink ratio.

Optional

  • Prepare your verbal explanation.
  • Make three different posters: one conservative, one balanced and one radical.

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Links

The Poster Design Hub
A resource page for scientific posters

Basic graphic design: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, Proximity
A chapter from a book by Garr Reynolds.

Remove to improve
Some notes from the makers of the video we saw.

PhD4GlycoDrug, Lund University, 22–25 October 2019

Hi guys! What an amazing week we had. It was wonderful to see your boldness and creativity when you approached your communication tasks, while still being very structured and clear.

Below, you will find my PPt slides as well as some links which may be useful. I wish you a great autumn and good luck with your research projects: may your experimental systems be reliable and may your biomolecules be obedient!

Feel free to email me for questions, reflections or feedback on your PPt slides or poster design.

O.

olle@bergman.com

Social media

se.linkedin.com/in/ollebergman/en
instagram.com/generalblom

My slides

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A PPt for scientific presentations

This template is based on chapter 16 in Matt Carter’s Designing Science Presentations. Matt is an assistant professor of biology at Williams College, Massachusetts, and a very friendly person!

Presentation techniques

A resource page with some selected guides and websites (work in progress).

Poster design

A resource page with some selected guides and websites.

Information design

Rhetoric

Regarding rhetoric, my recommendation is a English language professor giving a hybrid between audiobook, recorded lecture and podcast. If you register at audible.com, you can download it for free (The Modern Scholar series contains a lot of fun!).

There’s a very negative review on Amazon where the writer has totally missed the point (”Mr. Drout dedicates two whole chapters of this slick audiobook to logic and logical fallacies, and somehow he never mentions that premises must be supported by verifiable evidence; ” etc) . Rhetoric is only partly about what’s actually true (based on data and observation) – it’s about what you can make your opponent/fellow human believe. Trump is a lying narcissist, producing false statements about the world – still he can use his communication to change the world. It’s like a knife: a tool of creation or destruction, depending on how you use it.

 

In the deep forests of Södermanland. (Instagram: generalblom)

Amgen Scholars, Karolinska Institutet, Solna, 1 July 2019

Hi guys! I hope you’re well and that you have been getting started with your lab work. Unfortunately, I couldn’t join you during the Wasa Museum visit, but I may show up for the Birka trip. Anyway, we will meet for the poster workshop in August.

Below, you will find my PPt slides as well as some links which may be useful. I wish you a nice summer and good luck with your summer projects: may your experimental systems be reliable and may your biomolecules be obedient!

Feel free to email me for questions, reflections or feedback on your PPt slides or poster design.

O.

olle@bergman.com

Social media

se.linkedin.com/in/ollebergman/en
instagram.com/generalblom

My slides

A PPt for scientific presentations

This template is based on chapter 16 in Matt Carter’s Designing Science Presentations. Matt is an assistant professor of biology at Williams College, Massachusetts, and a very friendly person!

Presentation techniques

A resource page with some selected guides and websites (work in progress).

Poster design

A resource page with some selected guides and websites.

Information design

 

Hällby forest, northwest of Eskilstuna, June 2019.

Rays*, Strängnäs, 2 juli, 2019

Hej allesammans!

Alltid lika upplyftande att träffa *Rays-gänget när sommaren är som vackrast! Jag blev imponerad av många av de svar och förslag jag fick under övningarna; ni tycks ha känsla för det där med kommunikation.

Några tips för era presentationsförberedelser:

  1. Sätt inte igång med att göra föreläsningsbilder i PowerPoint. Fundera istället över hur ni ska lägga upp alltsammans. Stå gärna gärna vid en whiteboard-tavla och spåna med pennan i hand. Post-it-lappar är också ett utmärkt hjälpmedel: skriv en sak på varje lapp och strukturera sedan innehållet så att det får
    • en motiverande och intresseväckande början
    • ett par delavsnitt som tar åhöraren från där de befinner sig kunskapsmässigt till en ny plats.
    • en avslutning (som gärna får anknyta till inledningen).
    Nu, när ni har en tydlig plan, kan ni sätta igång PowerPoint och börja producera bilder.
  2. Tänk visuellt! Bilder och rekvisita är mycket intressantare än punktlistor.
  3. Ha hela tiden målgruppen i tankarna. Ta gärna kontakt med någon som kan vara testpublik via Skype och återkoppla. (Förslagsvis någon som inte har tid att gå på avslutningen på Tekniska Museet!)
  4. Balansera det seriösa och det underhållande. Humor och effekter är bra, men kom ihåg att de roliga och spektakulära inslagen ska vara verktyg för att få fram det vetenskapliga innehållet, inte tvärt om.

Lycka till & så ses vi på fredag nästa vecka.

O.

olle@bergman.com
se.linkedin.com/in/ollebergman/en
@OlleBergmanSE

Mina föreläsningsbilder

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Här följer lite av varje som kan vara värdefullt om ni är intresserade av kommunikation av vetenskap.

Beta versions (i.e. work in progress) of some online documents

Please feel free to distribute and send feedback!

Useful stuff

Rhetoric

Books on scientific peer-to-peer communication

Some recent pieces by yours truly

TEDx talk, Poland 2017

Crastina

I currently put a lot of effort into Crastina—a networking platform for the exchange of knowledge, skills, experience, and opinion regarding scientific communication and science dissemination. The primary target group is early career scientists, but here you can find stuff which is useful for everybody with an interest in communication. (The name comes from Scientia Crastina, Latin for ‘The Science of Tomorrow’)

There are several ways to engage in the Crastina network activities – please get in touch if you’re interested.

 

Vallmotider i Skåne.
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