RUB Research School

Pr_06: PRESENCE Scientific presentation and individual performance: Make a lasting impression in science

For researchers from Life, Natural and Engineering Sciences | First presentation experience

Workshop in Presence
16. - 18.09.2024 
Time: 10.00 - 17.00 hrs with flexible schedule and breaks
Trainer: Kathrin Keune
Language: English
Participants: max. 12 persons
Credit Point: acknowledged with 1 CP for the doctoral training programme of RUB RS Certificate

In this workshop, the focus lies on both storylining your content and working on your performance, delivery and effective messaging of scientific presentations. This workshop is particularly helpful for researchers who have first presentation experiences and would like to advance their individual presentation style.

Course description
This training is designed to improve the individual performance and the practice of giving convincing scientific presentations. On the first day, you will work on designing your storyline and the opening of your scientific talk. In small groups, you will give each other feedback, which is enhanced by the trainer. Body language will be explored through guidance by the trainer, feedback sharing and finally do's and dont's. The second and thrid day are practice days. You will explore voice techniques and several spontaneous presentations to apply and use body language and a good storyline in an efective way.

Please prepare a short talk with slides if your PhD project for a general, scientific audience. You may choose to present for 5 min or for 10min. Both options are possible. The time needs to be precise.


  • Basic “hardware” - Storyline and Opening
  • Body Language + Use of Voice
  • Connection to the audience
  • Dealing with nervousness
  • Bringing content alive - giving a memorable impression

Kathrin Keune, consultant and performing artist, holds a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy, Coaching and Education and earned a B.A. in the performing arts. She worked in a San Diego based medical research laboratory throughout her 6 year stay in Southern California, USA. Kathrin offered trainings on scientific presentation and communication at different American and German universities. 

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