Your chance to ask questions of two of the great female scientists of history.
Most seminars and conferences include a question and answer session. Such Q&A sessions should be hosted by someone who is capable of keeping the discussion flowing, controlling any potential problems or flare ups and giving everyone a fair turn.
Sometimes the Q&A “host” will be the one answering the questions, other times the host will be there to co-ordinate questions as they are asked of others.
Those taking the questions should try to remember the following:
Believe that the person asking the question really wants to know the answer. It will make a difference to how you answer and will help you to avoid sarcasm and prevent offence.
Listen actively and answer WHAT was asked. Do not try to take advantage of the questioner to get another point across.
Using open questions, seek clarification if you are unsure about what is asked.
Repeat the question if you are in front of a large audience. This ensures that everyone has heard it, clarifies the question in your mind and gives you an extra second or two to formulate your reply.
Be as brief as possible while still providing a good answer.