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Communication | Research

Presenting skills for PhDs

Giving a lecture, defending a grant proposal or presenting at a conference is part of your life as a scientist. With good presentation, your audience will understand, believe and remember you. This course will help you improve your presentation skills.

Target group
PhD candidate
Kick Moors  (Docent/coach en loopbaanadviseur) Hermen Visser  (Science journalist and communication trainer)
Training course

Being able to present well will help you to achieve your career goals. The sooner you start working on your presentation skills, the better you are equipped when your future depends on it (e.g. defense of grand proposals).

For whom

PhD candidates and postdocs (Leiden University and LUMC).


The course will cover the following topics:

  • Attuning your presentation to goal, audience and core message
  • Making a structure that both convinces and explains
  • Designing and making slides that support your story

What you'll learn

To prepare and give presentations that help you to reach your goals, that are understandable, convincing and memorable. You will learn to deal with fear of speaking in public and to be authentic and truly enthusiastic.


During this course you will be designing your own presentation on paper and laptop. So you have to bring a first draft on your own laptop, since you will be working with that material. 


The workload for this course amounts to 16 hours including attendance and preparation.

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