Making and Presenting Scientific Talks


Doing science is only one aspect of being a successful researcher. Another aspect is the ability to communicate your science to a broad audience. This course aims to help you make and present your work in a 15-minute talk. Through lectures and constructive interactions with the other students, you will learn how to help the audience to follow your talk and to remember its message. Emphasized topics include: distilling your study into a concise theme that runs throughout the talk, powerful openers and closures to grab the audience's attention, contextualizing and justifying the study, simplifying the methods and figures, choosing just a few results to support the conclusion, and practicing in front of others to see what works and what needs to be changed.You will also learn how to edit parts of your talk so that they fit together well.

This one-week course will be taught online. Each day will be a mix of theoretical talks and practical work. Students will often meet in smaller teams to give each other feedback. All participants will present their talks the following week at the annual ForBio meeting.



Participants should be advanced MS or PhD students, or postdocs, who have a project near completion that is ready to be presented. Prior participation in the ForBio course “Creating Scientific Illustrations” is helpful, although not required.



Micah Dunthorn, Mika Bendiksby

Natural History Museum, University of Oslo


Number of Participants ~ 20


Registration: Please apply before 15 October 2021  using this online form (Registration will open in August). ForBio members can attend free of charge.


Contact  Hugo de Boer - Quentin Mauvisseau  - Micah Dunthorn  for practicalities. 

Published Mar. 24, 2021 8:18 PM - Last modified Mar. 24, 2021 8:18 PM