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Success at Conferences

Primary Target Group: VIP Fellows, Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers
Date: Thursday, November 12, and Friday, November 13, 2020, 9 am - 1 pm (both days) | Online
Teacher: 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 all 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.


  • Narrative development (story arc, honing a message)
  • Non-verbal communication (body language, facial expressions, gestures)
  • Voice and Speech (pace, enunciation and pronunciation, pauses and silence)
  • Stage Fright (triggers, helpful techniques)
  • Presenting (presence, techniques and tips for discussion rounds, practice and assessment)

The workshop is designed to reach its aims through meaningful practice, individual and group activities, theater exercises, and recording and evaluating presentations. For the online version, there is also an additional follow-up session, where participants present and receive feedback.

Participants will be asked to have a five-minute presentation prepared and ready to use for the workshop. The presentation can be with or without visuals.