Say it so it stays: oral presentation skills for scientists

Aim:To help improve competence and confidence in presenting in English at biomedical conferences. This skills-based workshop combines presentation planning with many opportunities to practise public speaking.
Provider: Elinor Thompson
For:All PRBB residents

This course will help you prepare better scientific presentations and improve your confidence. We address all aspects of preparing and performing your presentation to help your audience understand and enjoy your talk. Special focus is given to clarifying your central idea and ensuring conherence and flow of your scientific story. Small group work, peer feedback and review of your filmed talk will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses as a scientific speaker.

Study commitment:

Participants should prepare a short presentation before the course, guidelines will be sent one week before.
Between the workshop sessions there will be some preparation activities for the next session.


Elinor Thompson is a public health specialist and educator, who trained originally as a medical doctor. She co-founded the PRBB Intervals programme and has been running professional training for scientists for over a decade.

"It’s a compulsory course for everyone who cares about communicating their science" Edition 2018.
"Very useful. Definitely it is a must to get a clear structure and knowledge of do’s and don’ts for presenting" Edition 2018.

Dates: Place/time: Capacity: State:  
9th, 10th & 14th January 2019 9th & 14th Jan: Charles Darwin room. 10th Jan: Marie Curie room.
9th Jan: 9:30 - 18:00, 10th & 14th Jan: 14:00 - 18:00.
10 Registration open   Register here!

Please note that this is a course in oral presentation skills NOT an English language learning course. It is therefore suitable for both native and non-native English speakers. Participants should have an advanced level of conversational English. If in doubt about your level please arrange an interview with the course leader.

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Finished editions:

15th, 16th, 17th & 23rd May
16th, 18th & 22nd January 2018
3rd, 5th, 6th and 10th July 2017
13th, 15th, 20th & 22nd February 2017
5th, 7th, 12th & 14th April 2016
8th, 10th, 15th & 17th September 2015
14th, 20th & 22nd October 2014.
4th, 11th & 13th February 2014
1st and 8th October 2013
29th January & 5th February 2013
17th, 18th, 24th & 25th October 2012
20th & 21st March 2012
8th & 9th November 2011
8th & 9th February 2011
30th November & 1st December 2010
Edition 4: 6th & 7th July 2010
Edition 3: 10th & 11th November 2009
Edition 2: 30th June & 1st July 2009
Edition 1: 25th & 26th February 2009