Course: How to Give a Successful Short Presentation

Course Objective
That those attending can give a competent 5-10-minute talk after having practised and prepared their presentation during the course.

Course Overview
· How to prepare and deliver a short scientific talk with slides (or without) in preparation for a real one in a scientific environment.
· A markedly oral course for scientists who are going to give a talk in the near future or for those who wish to gain experience is speaking in public in English.
· Classwork will concentrate on avoiding the typical mistakes and errors made by non-native speakers – in both spoken and written English.
· Verbal (pronunciation, intonation and stress), para-verbal and non-verbal techniques as well as ways to overcome stress and gain credibility will be explained and practised.
· Adapting a scientific paper for presentation means that those attending will practise how to write concisely and in a scientific style with slides how to present it to an audience.

Intended for
· People working in the world of Science: Graduates, trainee doctors, doctors and researchers.
· Required Level of English required for admission: B2 (Cambridge First Certificate or similar) or higher.
· 10-20 people


Çinta Altés – Teacher, Scientific translator and BSc PhD in Biology.
Mark Parsonage – Teacher, Scientific translator and BSc. PGCE MCIOL.
David Fogarty – M. Editor of “I. J. Develop. Biology”.BSc, PhD in Neuroscience.
Vega Asensio – Scientific illustrator and BSc PhD in Biology

Total: 16h. Sessions of 4h (4 days); 5,5h (3 days) or 8h (2 days).

· Welcome and course presentation
· Introduction and ice-breaker (Let’s party!)
· Exercises: Brief presentations by every participant.
· Communication Skills (I): Sending messages: verbal, nonverbal and para-verbal.
· How to design a scientific presentation (I): Preparing your material carefully and logically. Text and slides. (*)
· Typical mistakes and errors made by non-native speakers – in both spoken and written English.
· How to design a scientific presentation (II): Tell a story: Introduction, Method, Results, Conclusion/Summary . Text and slides. (*)
· Pronunciation Exercises: intonation and stress.
· Communication Skills (II): Send clear and concise messages. Receive and correctly understand messages. Theory and practice. Text and slides. (*)
· Exercises: pronouncing Latin words in English.
· Exercises: How to improvise.
· Communication Skills (III): Barriers to Effective verbal & non-verbal Communication. Text , slides, nonverbal & para-verbal.(*)
· Pronunciation Exercises: rules to pronounce correctly & para-verbal.
· Communication Skills (IV): Tips to overcoming nerves when speaking in public. (*)
· Communication Skills (IV): Numbers, figures and graphs.
· Revision of all classwork.
· Putting theory into practice: “Real” presentations with Power-Point.
· Comments and summary.
· Course evaluation and presentation of certificates.
(*) Cofee-breaks & Mindfulness exercises when appropriate

If you are interested contact with
Colegio Oficial de Biologos de Euskadi
Vega Asensio