Oral presentation

Seminar PDF

Duration: 2 days

Course type: In-house seminar

Trainer: Philipp Gramlich or Karin Bodewits or Lisa Steinhauser

Target group: PhD students and postdocs

Number of participants: Max. 12

There are many ways in which scientists communicate their work, publications, poster or oral presentations or via individual conversations. In terms of leaving a deep impression about your work and yourself, oral presentations are a very powerful way. However, many scientists are scared of the prospect to stand in front of a large and potentially critical audience to present their work. They rush through the presentations, clinging onto overloaded slides and miss a crucial chance to show themselves in a positive light.

In this interactive workshop, we´ll cover the following topics:



  • Target the audience and setting
  • Have or craft a storyline
  • From start to finish. ‘Clamp’ your presentation

Slide design


  • No overloaded slides!
  • Graphics vs. text
  • Best- and worst-practice examples

Your performance


  • Stage fright: enjoy the adrenaline rush
  • Body language
  • Personality types: can you score well as an introvert? How authentic can/shall you be? – Pace, voice, interaction
  • Stylistic figures

Q&A sessions: and you just thought it´s over already…


  • Be an active scientist: asking questions yourself
  • Counter challenging questions

You have the opportunity to receive a video feedback of your presentation.

This course can be combined with the courses Negotiation and Convincing and debating to give the integrated programme Argumentation and presentation.

 This course can be combined with Poster presentation and Self-presentation and networking to give the integrated 4-to 5-day programme At the conference.


Karin Bodewits (k.bodewits@naturalscience.careers) or Philipp Gramlich (p.gramlich@naturalscience.careers )/ Tel.: +49 (0) 176 7453 7200 (Karin) or +31 (0) 6 82454 258 (Philipp) or +49 (0) 152 0600 5189 (Philipp)