Scientific Speaking (DS-TS-1521), fall semester 2016

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Have you ever experienced that you give a talk and nobody seems interested? Did you ever apply for a conference oral and just got a poster presentation? Did you ever have a manuscript rejected from a journal? Did you ever get a grant proposal rejected? You are not alone; indeed these are experiences all scientists go through. But you can reduce the risk of these undesired outcomes considerably by being aware of how to deliver a talk effectively for each type of audience, knowing how to write an abstract so it immediately grabs the attention and interest of the reader, knowing how to write an introduction so it makes the reader want to continue reading, knowing how to prepare visuals so they actually support a talk or a paper rather than create problems, and knowing how to structure and plan a project proposal so the reviewers are convinced of its necessity and feasibility. This course will give you the skills to avoid mistakes that are unnecessary, unfortunately quite common, and sometimes critical. The aim is to allow you to present your research results with a convincing, clear and appealing voice, whether in writing or in speaking.

Rough syllabus:
5.12.2016: Conference talks. Identifying your message. Presentation strategy. Your tools.

12.12.2016: Context and audience. Slide design. Poster presentations. Seminar talks. Interview situations. Q & A

19.12.2016: Conference abstracts. Public outreach talks. The others’ perspective. Whatever we feel like covering at the end.

Each course day will run from 9:00 to 16:00 and we will be in the Salle des Conseils (5th and 12th of December) or BLF-E02-013 (19th of December) in Kirchberg.

The slides shown in the class (only for participating students) can be downloaded here.

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