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Success at Conferences

Primary Target Group: VIP Fellows, Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers
Date: Thursday, October 27th & Friday, Ocotber 28th, 2022 | 9:30 am - 3:30 pm (s.t.) | Online
Instructor: Ms. Francesca Carlin

Language: English (recommended level: C1, minimum B2)

Course description:

Audiences can sit for hours watching a play unfold. Why? Simply put, we humans love stories. Every time we speak in front of an audience, in essence, we are telling a story. However, especially at academic conferences, creating a captivating presentation feels like a challenge. So, how do we make our stories heard? This workshop focuses on techniques that help participants find and hone their message, create a compelling narrative, and effectively convey the story of their research and of themselves as individuals as well as manage criticism during feedback sessions. The skills that this workshop develops are essential for all academics wanting to captivate audiences with presentations and to put their best selves forward during discussion rounds.


  • Creating an effective narrative (story arc, honing a message)
  • Non-verbal communication (body language, facial expressions, gestures)
  • Voice and Speech (verbal delivery)
  • Stage Fright (triggers, helpful techniques)
  • Presenting (presence, techniques, practice and assessment)