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 productive 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.

This seven-day course will be taught online from 14th to 22nd November , and there will be no meeting on the weekend. Each day will be a mix of theoretical talks and practical work. Students will often meet in smaller teams to give each other productive feedback (there will be an initial training on how to give productive feedback the first day of class). All participants must present their talks at the subsequent  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


Application deadline

14 October 2022

Please register here


Number of Participants

Class size is limited to 10 participants. 


Credits  3 ECTS (this includes the presentation at the ForBio annual meeting as an exam for this course) 


Registration: ForBio members can attend free of charge.  


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

Published June 13, 2022 12:09 PM - Last modified Oct. 28, 2022 10:10 AM