Everything you don´t learn in the lab

Self-presentation and networking

Topic area
Science communication

Online or in-house workshop

4 webinars of 2-2.5 h each = 2 workshop days

Karin Bodewits, Philipp Gramlich, Marloes ten Kate or Peter Kronenberg

Target group
PhD students and postdocs


Do you find yourself at conferences drinking coffee alone? Do you seem to miss every chance to network? Or do you have the feeling you can’t keep the conversation going or can’t even start it in the first place? No matter if you answer one of those questions with a clear “yes” or you simply have the feeling that you could perfect your self-presentation skills, then this seminar might be just right for you! From the first impression you leave, the conversation that follows to a friendly follow-up on- and offline — all of this will be covered during this seminar.

This is an interactive workshop with a lot of exercises and real-life examples. There is a special emphasis on communication, networking and media usage. The participants will be asked to prepare and debrief each session, submit written and recorded work to the trainer and also provide peer-to-peer feedback to other participants.


In this course you´ll learn about:


  • Get tips and tricks for expanding and keeping your network
  • Improve your self-presentation appearance
  • Design your personal pitch for job interviews, trade and career fairs, conferences and meetings
  • Learn about body language and the importance of a professional first impression
  • Get input on professional media usage for your career as a scientist

All participants receive a script of the course in PDF format for offline and future use so that they can work through the material offline as well as after the course. 


This workshop can be combined with Oral presentations: online and offline and Scientific posters: design and pitching to give the integrated 3-5 day programme At the conference

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Course Flow Online Workshops

Day 1

Live Webinar

  • Basics of networking, small talk, first impression and body language


  • Individual and group course work (online and offline)
Day 2

Live Webinar

  • Strategic networking


  • Individual and group course work (online and offline)
Day 3

Live Webinar

  • At a conference, self-introduction/ pitching


  • Individual and group course work (online and offline)
Day 4

Live Webinar

  • Navigating social media


  • Individual and group course work (online and offline)
Weeks 2-3

Individual written or oral feedback from the instructor


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