Welcome to art of scientific presentations: Design and delivery


When presenting, the dull, text-filled slide approach is common and normal, but it is not an effective approach for communicating scientific knowledge.  To date, the design and delivery of scientific presentations are reflecting what has been done in the past.  The skills necessary to be an effective communicator today are different. A higher degree of visual literacy, more emphasis on the message, and better understanding of the power of simplicity can dramatically improve how a presentation is received and ultimately remembered.


The objective of this course is to equip PhD students with modern presentation skills and techniques that enhance their ability to communicate scientific content to laymen, academic, and industry-based audiences. 


The course will consist of 1) an introduction to presentation design principles, 2) an introduction to available tools and resources for presentation development 3) workshop sessions on design and redesign of presentation material, 4) implementation of design and delivery (speaking) principles 



Participants will need to bring a PC laptop with Power Point or similar to the workshop sessions. 



It is important that PhD students have some presentation experience, and they should have been enrolled for at least 8 months into the doctoral school before participating in the course OR have multiple experiences presenting at scientific conferences.



Oral presentation and completion of workshop exercises

Organizer: Associate Professor Shellie Boudreau, e-mail: sboudreau@hst.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Shellie Boudreau


Time: 6 March (8.15 – 12.00), 16 March (8.15 – 10.00), 23 March 2018 (8.15 – 10.00) 

Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7D, room D2-106


Number of seats: 12

Deadline: 13 February 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.