112303 Presenting at a scientific conference

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Darnhofer, Ika , Korbei, Barbara
Offered in
Wintersemester 2017/18
Languages of instruction


The aim of the course is to promote an understanding of what makes a ‘good’ presentation, and translate this understanding into the individual presentations to be held by the participants, e.g. at the ELLS Scientific Student Conference or the CAS-Semester-Touchdown. We will critically reflect on why certain practices may be helpful or distracting during presentations, as well as understanding the need to find one’s personal style.

Students will learn how to present their ideas in an accessible and convincing way. Such skills are useful not only to present the results of scientific research, but also in professional practice or job applications.

The participants will benefit from intensive interactions with other participants and with lecturers, as well from the rapid feedback tailored to their presentation. Grading will be based on the active participation in the course, as well as on the quality of the feedback you provide to others. You'll find additional information in the 'Syllabus' (which you can download once you registered for the course).

To ensure a high output, participants are required to have a first draft of their presentation ready before the course starts.

Classes will be split between those preparing for an oral presentation and those preparing for a poster presentation. Please register for EITHER the 'poster presentation' group OR the 'oral presentation' group, depending on the presentation you will be working on (you are free to attend both groups, but your grade will depend on your work in one group).

Previous knowledge expected

You should know how to work with MS PowerPoint (or similar presentation software). A basic understanding of communication principles is helpful.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:
•present scientific results effectively to diverse audiences, such as students or senior researchers of various disciplinary backgrounds
•identify and avoid traditional pitfalls in oral and poster presentations
•know how to use PowerPoint tools to carefully align structure, design and information content
•recognize the impact of the presentation style on the audience with respect to learning, motivation and impression of scientific quality
•understand the strengths (and potential weaknesses) of their personal presentation style
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.