Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)


Online Seminar

[ONLINE-SEMINAR] Conference Presentation Training for Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs. Engaging the Listener in Your Talk (two-day)

Montag, 08. Juni 2020, 09:00-16:30

The workshop will be held in English and run for two days, on June 8 and 9, 2020.


For young scientists, it is a regular and important task to present their work to others. At the same time, however, to persuasively communicate one’s ideas to colleagues or decision-making bodies is often considered challenging. Yet, being a good speaker is often just question of developing a set of skills and techniques such as the use of voice and body language, an effective presentation structure and the dynamic use of language.

This online seminar provides participants the opportunity to improve their conference presentation skills. Throughout the two-day workshop, participants will be guided through interactive exercises to improve verbal and nonverbal communication, improve the ability to listen and react generously, and to integrate focusing techniques, which empower the speaker. Attention will also be given to structural and language aspects to improve clarity and flow of the talk.


Contents in Brief

• Effectively introducing yourself

• Engaging the audience in one’s talk

• Affirming the strengths and individual style of the speaker

• Improving body language and vocal quality

• Structuring your talk

• Constructive tactics for dealing with nervousness

• Dealing with challenging questions (Q&A sessions)

• Networking at conferences



• Voice and body techniques

• Partner work in “break out rooms”

• Language practice and analysis

• Interactive activities with online tools

• Videotaping and feedback sessions


Please note: Participants will be required to prepare a 3 to 5-minute presentation based on their research focus; the use of slides is optional. This will provide a basis for applying the practical aims of the workshop.


Technical requirements: To participate in this workshop, you need a stable internet connection, a webcam and a microphone. Participants will receive further detailed information regarding the online-platform prior to the workshop.


This workshop is open to doctoral researchers and postdocs at KIT who are KHYS members.

Kosten/ Zahlungsweise
For KHYS members this workshop is free of charge.
Julie Stearns (impulsplus)
Dr. Stefan Götze
Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Straße am Forum 3
76131 Karlsruhe
Tel: +49 721 608-46186
Fax: +49 721 608-46222
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