The Science Night organised in Kiel on the 28th of September 2018 at Kiel’s University Library was the opportunity for three fellows (Yuhan Zhou, Madli Bayot and Leila Alizadehsaravi) to introduce Keep Control’s consortium to a general audience. The main objective was to stir up interest in science and relate the fellows’ different research topics to the audience’s daily life.
The three PhD students, together with Dr. Clint Hansen (i.e. the coordinator of the Keep Control group for this event) presented four posters: one poster for the whole consortium and three others introducing each fellow’s individual project.
The fellows had the chance to explain their work to a very heterogeneous public: from a 9-year-old curious kid up to a 60-year-old expert physiotherapist. The atmosphere was friendly and informative and everyone could mutually learn from each other’s fields of interests.
It proved to be a very enriching experience for the fellows as they could improve their communication skills as they had to inform uninformed people about their project’s application to daily life.
Some of the discussions with the public which emerged concerned the problems of inactivity and instability in older adults. These issues may increase the risks of isolated life or fall and severe injuries. Besides, experienced physiotherapists in the public gave constructive feedbacks about effective balance training exercises. They also talked about elderly-friendly understandable outcome measures in order to show the importance of balance in daily life activities.
Interestingly, the fellows also had the opportunity to meet other participants at the event (PhD as well as postdoc students) and exchange on each others’ experiences in research, not only on health-related issues but also on other fascinating scientific topics such as food, energy and geology.
Finally, Dr. Hansen and Leila gave a demonstration of the IMU (portable motion capture system) and the audience was able to observe the real-time data of centre of mass position as a measure of balance and body sway.
The help of Dr. Hansen and his explanations in German were very much appreciable for the whole audience (i.e. not English-speaking) to understand all the information provided by the PhD students.