From 18 September 2019 09:45 to 2 October 2019 12:45

Giving Effective Presentations - FULLY BOOKED

Course description

There is more to a successful presentation than having good slides and knowing your stuff. Effective presentations are also about communication, energy, confidence, having rapport with 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 a language course!

Learning objectives

This three-session course aims to help you give clear and convincing presentations in English. 

Instructional method

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, we will explore and reflect on some of the ingredients of effective presentations. You will give two prepared short talks. 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. 

Course trainer

Margo de Wolf, About English

Max. number of participants


Number of credits

0.6 EC

Course schedule

Wednesdays, September 18 and 25 and October 2, 2019
from 09:45 to 12:45 h

Course certificate

You will receive a course certificate if you complete all the course requirements, that is, attend all three course sessions and complete all presentation assignments. 

Course fee

Course fee internal PhD candidates: €0.
Course fee academic staff UU/UMC: €725.
Course fee external participants (if space permits): €1205.

‘Internal PhD candidates’ include:

  • PhD candidates registered to the Graduate School of Life Sciences of Utrecht University via Hora Est/MyPhD

‘Academic staff UU/UMC’ include:

  • PhD candidates of Utrecht University, not registered to the Graduate School of Life Sciences via Hora Est/MyPhD; 
  • Postdocs employed by the Utrecht University or UMC Utrecht;
  • Other academic staff employed at the UU/UMC

‘External participants' include:

  • all other participants


You may cancel your application free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. If you cancel your application within four weeks before the start or if you do not meet the attendance requirements of the course, you(r department/research group) will be charged a no-show fee (€365 for this course). Unfortunately we cannot make any exceptions to this policy.

Very nice course to practice presentation skills, due to the small number of participants. This course has really given me a new perspective on presenting research, in terms of really taking the perspective of the listener
Because of Margo's personal approach and the safe environment she creates during her lessons, I was able to start to even enjoy giving presentations!
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
18 September 2019 09:45
End date and time
2 October 2019 12:45
Entrance fee
Course fee internal PhD candidates: €0. Course fee academic staff UU/UMC: €725. Course fee external participants (if space permits): €1205.
More information
PhD Course Centre