Effective and Dynamic Scientific Presentations

A 2-day workshop, where the focus lies on performance, delivery, and effective messaging of scientific presentations. The workshop is geared toward researchers with presentation experience who would like to uncover and improve the effectiveness of their individual presentation style so that every presentation is of the highest quality and maximum impact.

Date: 13 – 14 December, 2016

Venue: research center caesar (Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 2, 53175 Bonn), Germany

Registration deadline: December 6, 2016 – Register here

Registration is required but there is no cost to attend the workshop. Enrollment is open to all BIGS Neuroscience PhD students (other PhD students are welcome if space is available). Registration for the workshop is limited to 12 participants. A brief Statement of Interest will be used to select the participants.

Workshop Description

This training is designed to improve the individual performance and the practice of giving convincing scientific presentations. It goes beyond a theoretical understanding of presentation performance and invites the participants to expand their range of action through improvisational exercises. The focus lies on non-verbal communication, connection to the audience and overall performance quality. Beyond these exercises, the workshop is enhanced by practical elements of theater and vocal performance that apply in the given context. There will be videotaped exercises which will be analyzed together. In addition, there will be an individual coaching session to focus on specific, personal challenges. The goal is to develop the researcher’s individual presentation skills and uncover one’s individual, successful presentation style.

Please note: A 5-minute scientific presentation about your research project must be prepared prior to the course and presented to the entire group.

Outline of Workshop

  • Basic standards and hardware of scientific presentations
  • Body language, use of voice
  • Connection to the audience
  • Dealing with nervousness
img_6741-225x300 Trainer: Kathrin Keune, consultant and performing artist, holds a Master’s degree in Expressive ArtsTherapy, Coaching and Education and earned a B.A. in the performing arts. She worked in a San Diego based medical research laboratory throughout her 6 year stay in Southern California, USA (2005 – 2011). Kathrin has been offering trainings on scientific presentations and communication at different American and German universities. Her background in theatre in combination with her psychology degree turn her trainings into an outstanding learning experience. She still performs as a classical singer at different venues in Germany.


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