HOW TO
Present at International Scientific Conferences

3-day in-house course

Overview

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?

Level

Beginners, no presentation skills required

ECTS

2

Participants

max. 15

Duration

3 days (9 am – 5:30 pm)

Instructor

Dr. Gunther Tress

Venue

In-house at your preferred location

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How We Helped Others With
Presenting

“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