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 tools and resources for presentation design and development 3) workshop sessions on design and redesign of presentation material, 4) introduction of how design influences delivery (speaking) principles 

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

Prerequisites: 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.

Evaluation:Oral presentation and completion of workshop exercises. You must attend the first lecture and attend two out of the three lectures, as well as complete the assignment to receive a credit for this course.

Organiser: Associate Professor Shellie Boudreau, email:

Lecturer: Associate Professor Shellie Boudreau, Aalborg University

ECTS: 1.0

Dates: 9, 10 and 17 March 2020 (09.03: 8.15-12.00; 10.03 and 17.03: 8.15-10.00)

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

Deadline: 17 February 2020

Max. number of seats: 12

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 3,000 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 four 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.