From 15 August 2018 09:30 to 29 August 2018 12:30

Giving Effective Oral Presentations (course) - FULLY BOOKED

Course description

There is more to a successful presentation than using beautiful slides and having a nice story. Effective presentations are also about communication, energy, confidence, knowing your audience. This intensive and hands-on course offers you the opportunity to get a fresh perspective on presenting, try out new techniques and experiment with ideas you might not have considered before.

NB: This is not an English-language course!
Please also note that this course requires you to prepare five presentation assignments!

What you will learn

In the first meeting, you will give a 10-minute research-related presentation and receive feedback on your performance. Your talk is geared towards your fellow participants (i.e. a mixed-background life sciences audience) and you do not use a full script.

In the second meeting, you will give two prepared short talks. We will explore and reflect on the ingredients of effective presentations.

In the third meeting, you will make a fresh 10-minute research-related presentation to demonstrate what you have learned. You will also do a brief talk.

What to bring?

Curiosity, a pen, and a presentation on a USB.

Course trainer

Margo de Wolf (

Max. number of participants


Number of credits

1 EC

Course schedule

Wednesdays August 15, 22 and 29, 2018
Time: 09:00 - 12:30.

Course certificate

This is an intensive programme: you will need to spend time between sessions preparing different types of presentations. A certificate will be awarded to participants who meet the course requirements (that is, attend all course sessions and complete all presentation assignments).

Course fee

Course fee internal PhD candidates: €75.
Course fee external participants: €500.

‘Internal PhD candidates’ refers to PhD candidates who are working (either on a salary or on a scholarship) at the faculty of Science, faculty of Veterinary Medicine or UMC Utrecht. Please note that you can use your personal course budget of €400/year (€1,600 max) to pay for these courses. This budget is managed by your department (faculty of Science/Veterinary Medicine) or your Division (UMC Utrecht). 

‘External participants’ include PhD candidates working elsewhere (even those registered with the PhD programmes of the Graduate School of Life Sciences, e.g. at the Hubrecht Institute), PhD candidates from other Schools and postdocs.

This course provides a great set of tools to improve your presentation skills
The trainer encouraged me to be more confident
A great opportunity of giving presentations and receiving feedback from the audience in many aspects, which can be used to improve your oral presentation skills
Start date and time
15 August 2018 09:30
End date and time
29 August 2018 12:30
Entrance fee
Course fee internal PhD candidates: €75. Course fee external participants: €500.
More information
PhD Course Centre