- Methodological and Personal Competence, Languages
- Staff Development Measures:
- Fields of Action:
- Promote Capacity for Innovation and Research
- Career Development
- Participation Fee:
Academic presentations have become an important and integral part of any researcher's life. Delivering a conference presentation, giving a lecture, or talking at a scientific meeting or workshop is a good opportunity to make research results public and to receive feedback from the academic community. Yet, the success of a presentation depends as much on a professional performance as on the quality of the research. It is through a convincing and skillful performance that a presenter can grab the attention of the listeners, that the presentation can have a lasting impact, and that the research can, thus, be communicated effectively to the audience.
In this workshop, we will discuss how an academic presentation in English can be prepared and developed to achieve the above-mentioned goals. On the one hand, we will detect and analyze various strategies to successfully communicate your research through the use of language, voice, gestures, slides, and structural arrangements. On the other hand, you will get the opportunity to practice a range of presentation techniques and to receive feedback on your performance. In addition, we will look at ways to deal with nervousness, tricky questions, and other critical situations to enhance your personal presence.
The course combines constructive input with group work, individual practice, and plenary discussions. On the last day, you will be given the opportunity to deliver a short (ca. 10-minute) presentation on your current research or work in progress and to receive peer and expert feedback as well as suggestions for improvement.
Please note that the workshop will be taught entirely in English. Thus, to participate and get the best out of it, you should be able to communicate quite fluently in English.
understanding the communicative function of presentations;
defining the focus and purpose of your presentation;
reducing and organizing information;
making your structure logically coherent and transparent for the audience;
developing sensible introductions and conclusions;
creating supportive PowerPoint-slides;
integrating slides adequately into the presentation;
applying proper speech patterns of English (such as stress and intonation);
using language and rhetorical devices successfully;
being clear and understandable in the presentation of your research;
handling gestures and other aspects of body language effectively;
activating your audience, keeping them interested, and guiding them through the presentation;
managing critical situations before, during, and after the presentation;
overcoming nervousness and presentation anxiety;
answering questions confidently and discussing your research properly.
doctoral candidates, who are registered in the Center for Doctoral Studies
The seminar will be offered:
|Course Coordinator:||Frank Lauterbach|
SuperC, Templergraben 57, 52062 Aachen
room: 4.30 (1st, 2nd day), room: 5.31/5.32 (3rd day)
|Participants:||up to 15|
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