at International Scientific Conferences

3-day online course


This three-day course provides strategies and techniques to help you give first-class presentations at international scientific conferences. If you are preparing a presentation for the first time, or looking to take your presentations from passable to memorable, this course is for you. You will learn how to prepare and structure a presentation, as well as tackle the dreaded question period.

The course work is based on a presentation you prepare and deliver during the course, to which we provide detailed feedback, and instructions on how to communicate more effectively. Your presentation is video-taped and made accessible only to you, and with the aid of our instructions, you revise and re-work your presentation and then have the opportunity to deliver it a second time to an audience.

What you learn

  • How do international conferences work?
  • How to prepare for different types of audiences?
  • How to define presentation aims?
  • How to structure the presentation?
  • How to write the script of a presentation?
  • How to prepare slides?
  • How to effectively use language?
  • How to design, illustrate and provide visuals?
  • How to effectively use media?
  • How to efficiently time & rehearse?
  • How to cope with stage fright?
  • How to respond to questions?
  • How to avoid common mistakes?


Beginners, no presentation skills required




max. 15


3 days (9 am – 5:30 pm)


Dr. Gunther Tress


Live online

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How We Helped Others With

Banafsheh Najjarifarizhendi

This has been my third course with Tress Academics, and I was still astonished by the organization and the smoothness of the course. I believe presentation skills are what you need most these days. It was great to learn about the principles in a very systematic format. I really liked the course exercises, because we got the chance to reconsider and reanalyze everything with regard to our own work. The exercises helped me to break down my presentation and look at it from different aspects. I was 100% satisfied with the course. (Connect on LinkedIn)

Banafsheh Najjarifarizhendi, PhD candidate

Alfred-Wegener-Institute Bremerhaven, Germany

Jana C Massing

Thanks for a great course and a great way of presenting it! I like that you provided us with a clear structure for how to prepare a presentation. The course clearly exceeded my expectations. I learned a lot and I got a better idea in my mind about what aspects I should pay the most attention to when preparing a talk. (Connect on LinkedIn) 

Jana C. Massing, PhD Candidate

Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity and Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany

Victor Odongo

This was a great course covering all the aspects of successful presentations. I learned a lot and enjoyed the hands-on exercises, the best way to learn and improve. I improved my presentation skills and slide development—this is why I attended the course and my next presentation will be way better than the previous ones. (Connect on LinkedIn)

Victor Odongo, PhD Candidate

Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany

Pedro Carrasco, AWI

Great course, well structured, fondly delivered and with strategic advice and techniques to improve the delivery of the main message during my presentation. I particularly liked that the course had very practical ways of helping us to make presentations better. Additionally, I found it very useful to receive feedback from my course colleagues. In summary, the course was absolutely worth the time and effort. (Connect via LinkedIn)

Pedro Carrasco De La Cruz, PhD Candidate

Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity and Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany

Don’t we all struggle following overloaded presentations, but then we design them like that ourselves? The course “How To Present At International Scientific Conferences” really helped me simplify my slides and message. This gave me confidence for my presentation at a conference. After the presentation, two people, both professors, enthusiastically came up to me to discuss my topic.

PhD Candidate


“You provided us with take-home material, like checklists, for the NEXT presentation(s). This is really helpful. There were many many things I never would have thought of on my own, but also because we as academics, tend to focus on the content only and to forget about the delivery.”

PhD student

University of Basel, Switzerland

“This course was excellent. I was amazed how we were able to deliver a better presentation just one day after giving a crappy one. Thanks a lot Gunther!”

PhD student

University of Zurich, Switzerland

“I thought the course would give me intense feedback and practice on my own presentation skill, plus a concise overview on “the theory” of a good presentation, where I thought I already had some idea, but it couldn’t hurt. Those expectations were definitely met- with the addition of learning new ways to spice up a presentation I had never thought about (pauses, walking around in the room). I even got new ideas to include elements I knew about, but did not know how to implement or practice (general body language, audience involvement).”

PhD student

Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany

“I just wanted to send you a quick note telling you how much I enjoyed and learned from your presentation workshop last week. I must admit that I went into the workshop thinking that I likely wouldn’t learn anything new. Boy, was I wrong. I greatly appreciated the high quality, focus and organization in the workshop. I found you to be an excellent teacher and presenter, in addition to being a great listener. I also found your passion for high quality presentations to be contagious – I’m genuinely looking forward to giving my next presentation with the skills that I learned in this course. I think that the potential payoff for students and departments from the relatively minimal investment involved in your course is immense.”

PhD student

University of Basel, Switzerland

“I would especially recommend this course to someone who is shy, and considers themselves a poor presenter for lack of confidence.”

PhD student

University of Zurich, Switzerland

“I learned and improved a lot. There also were many little things that helped me to structure my talks better and manage to deliver all information within the given time slot. All our questions were answered and Gunther is just a fun guy!”

PhD student

Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany