Presenting your research in conference talks and poster sessions

Presenting your research in conference talks and poster sessions 12.01.2024 09:00 - 17:00 (Fri)TUM Graduate School: Boltzmannstraße 17, 85748 Garching bei München, Raum 108Tim Korver
Presenting your research in conference talks and poster sessions 19.01.2024 09:00 - 17:00 (Fri)TUM Graduate School: Boltzmannstraße 17, 85748 Garching bei München, Raum 108Tim Korver
Rhetorical skills, highlighting key benefits of your research, awareness of body language, tone and pace of voice, dealing with difficult questions, layout and design of slides and posters
Course Description: 

At international conferences, research talks can be divided into the poster session and the classic conference talk. In these presentations, researchers need to bring across their messages clearly and effectively so that the audience can understand and remember the key information.

In this seminar we use a range of interactive activities and feedback to develop your rhetorical skills and presentation competence for international conferences. Here we will look at areas such as body language, voice, structure, and poster layout and design.

The training will provide you with a framework for developing your own talks and applying rhetorical techniques to create clearer messages. The interactive format gives participants the opportunity to prepare and deliver short presentations as well as practice in dealing with difficult questions.

Course aims: 
  • Developing own authentic style of body language and voice
  • Developing audience-friendly communication
  • Communicating the relevance and key benefits of your research
Teaching methods: 

The main focus lies on the application of skills and constructive feedback. The application is based on brief input phases of theory. We study short examples of presentation videos and poster formats.Short skills-practice sessions build up to own 8-minute research presentation.

This course fits doctoral candidates in the following phase: 

During the doctorate | at the end of the doctorate

Participation requirements: 

B2 level of English.

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Course preparation: 

Assignment: Please prepare an 8-minute conference talk about your research. If you do not want to present your doctoral project, you are welcome to present your master’s project.

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What participants say about this course: 
  • Interactive course with very eloquent trainer. He gave good examples and explained all tasks very well.
  • I really like the structure of the course and the approach of the lecturer. He makes it easy to follow. Everyone was involved to improve their weakness. We received feedback from each others.
  • Excellent offer! Definitely it is going to help me substantially not only during my doctoral studies, but also in my personal life.
  • It had a very clear structure, it was easy to follow and included many interactive activites in small groups.
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Graduate School Geschäftsstelle
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In Präsenz
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Financial contribution: 
40 Euro
Tim Korver

Originally from South Africa, Tim Korver holds an MA in Applied Linguistics. His key interests lie in the rhetoric and argumentation of scientific research. As a trainer, he enjoys supporting learners in how to communicate their research so that the audience understands why their research brings benefits to the field. He holds seminars at research institutes across the country where he also focuses on ‚Scientific writing‘ and ‚Logic and argumentation‘.