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The secrets of presenting science skillfully: Best practices from America and Britain

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Like it or not, to be a successful scientist nowadays you must be an effective public speaker. Regardless of field or career path, scholars must communicate convincingly the impact of their research in front of different audiences, including committees, lay audiences, other researchers and students.

The good news is: There are quick ways to enhance your scientific presentations and to communicate your results in a truly engaging, exciting and convincing way. Why not improve your skills by using some of the best techniques from American and British top scientific speakers? These simple techniques will quickly set you apart from other researchers and improve radically your presentations.


After this training you will be able to

  • develop your own individual public speaking style,
  • create fresh and entertaining openings for your presentations,
  • appear more relaxed and funny during your talks,
  • communicate the impact of your work in an exciting and engaging way.


    During this training we will cover the following aspects of presentations:

    • Stylish and powerful ways to open and close presentations,
    • paratactical communication, power pauses, soundbites and other rhetorical techniques commonly used to present convincingly,
    • creative ways of structuring your presentations,
    • how to engage effectively with the audience, creating a meaningful scientific exchange,
    • how to master Q+A rounds and criticism playfully and elegantly,
    • do's and dont's from popular talk formats, e.g. TED Talk.


    Structured group discussions on best-practice examples, practical exercises, simulations and role plays on verbal and non-verbal parameters, short presentations with individual feedback from the trainer.
    Max. number of participants: 8.


    Please bring a 10 minute presentation: either a presentation which you have already given or one which you would like to give in the future. Your presentation should be in English and can (does not have to) be a power point presentation.


    Course informations
    Mon, 04.07.2022, 9.30am-4.30pm
    7 hours, 9 working units à 45 min
    Classroom meeting
    ZEWK, Frauenhoferstr. 33-36, 10623 Berlin, R: FH1004
    Dr. Michael Gordian
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    For employees, assistant lectures, registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin and junior scientists at HU, FU, Charité, the course is free of charge. If you do not belong to these groups of people, please contact  for information on fees.
    Participants should have English language skills at least the B2 level.
    Assuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.
    Applicable for certificate Science communication.

    For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any questions regarding the course, please contact .

    In case of any organizational questions please contact .


    Your binding participation is very important to us. On the one hand, our courses are connected with high costs. On the other hand, we plan much group work and work interactively with you. Hence, should you be unable to attend the entire course or should you be prevented from attending the course at all, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate the place to other interested persons. In the event of multiple unexcused absence, we reserve the right to exclude you from further ZEWK courses.

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