Join us for a fun and inspiring evening of lightning talks, where each speaker presents for only 5 minutes, using 20 slides which advance automatically every 15 seconds. It’s a great format for covering a wide range of topics in a single event, and it's inclusive because anyone can give a lightning talk. Even you!
Meet the speakers
Here’s a taster of some of our amazing lightning talk presenters.
Anita McKiernan: Selective Mutism, from Speaking Anxiety to Social Comfort
Anita will discuss working through this tricky yet rewarding process. Anita is the team leader for the Foundation Stage Speech and Language Therapy Programme in Ealing. Her interests include working with children with severe speech and language disorders, ASD and Selective Mutism, as well as children who don’t fit neatly into any category and therefore present challenges to us as therapists!
Nicola Sirman: The “Loud Crowd” - Running Groups for People with Parkinson’s Disease
Nicola is an SLT in Sussex Community NHS Trust and a Research Assistant at UCL. She is passionate about improving services for people with Parkinson’s disease. She’ll discuss the groups she has been running for people with Parkinson’s disease and the carers, including the benefits and challenges, how to make the most of other professionals and the patients' reflections.
Stephanie Lynham: The “Tackling Talking Together” Project
Stephanie is an SLT in Central London Community Health Care Trust, based at White City Health Centre. She’ll discuss the “Tackling Talking Together” project which supports positive parenting and early language learning in a functional and meaningful way, as part of everyday family life. It’s a multi-agency project, she works alongside an SLT Assistant, Family Support Worker, Early Years Practitioner and Dietician.
Sophie Greenup: Why Every SLT Needs to be a Strong Marketeer - and How to Get Started
Sophie is half-way through the Post-Grad SLT course at City University. Before starting the course she spent 2 years as an SLT Assistant. And before that she spent 12 years running marketing campaigns, learning how to identify key stakeholders, target audiences effectively and develop messages that cut through to them. She'll talk about why these skills are relevant to you and how you can use them as an SLT.
- 6pm: Arrive, chat with fellow SLTs
- 6:30pm: Lighting talks start (first half)
- 7:10pm: Break
- 7:30pm: Lightning talks start (second half)
- 8:10pm: Lightning talks end
- 8:15pm - 8:45pm: Informal networking. Stick around to meet the speakers and chat to your fellow SLTs
Our Venue: UCL Engineering Building
We're delighted that UCL are hosting this event in their lovely, centrally located engineering building on Torrington Place.