How to make scientific presentations and posters interesting

13-14 November 2006


Professor Jeremy N. McNeil, University of Western Ontario, Canada

summary and pre-course assignment

The objectives of this course is to provide guidelines for the preparation and delivery of effective oral and poster presentations.

Each student will be required to:

(i) Give two 10 min. oral presentations.

The first will be based on a manuscript assigned by Professor McNeil to each student before the 15th October. It will be in their field of research, and they will be expected to present the work "as if they had done it".

The second will on the student's own research but prepared for an audience of 10-year old school children.

(ii) prepare one poster

This is to be in Powerpoint format. It should be based on the student's current research, but should not be one already presented at a meeting.

Each student will receive an electronic copy of all posters a week before the class starts and must be ready to comment on the positive and negative aspects of each one. However, each student will be specifically assigned the poster of one other student... and they will be expected to lead the discussion when this poster is discussed.

The powerpoint files of the two talks and the poster MUST be sent to Professor McNeil no later than 1st November 2006 at jnmcneil@gmail.com

All students will participate in constructive discussions concerning the strengths and weaknesses of each oral and poster presentation.

general information

Dates:  Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 November 2006

Schedule: 8.55 - 17.05

Location: University of Neuchâtel, Uni Mail, Institut de chimie, room B1

Credit points: 1.5 credit points (Communication)

Evaluation: Active participation including preparation (home work as described; please note the deadlines)

Information: Please contact the  NCCR education officer Dr. Christiane Bobillier or Prof. Jeremy McNeil

Travel expenses: NCCR Ph.D. participants are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class).


This course is opened to all Ph.D. student, however priority is given to NCCR "Plants and their Environment" Graduate School participants. Postdocs and diploma students are welcome depending on availability.

Minimum number of participants: 8, maximum: 12. Course full.

This course is free, but the effective cost is approx. CHF 400.00 per person. Therefore a waiting list will be prepared to ensure that there are no empty seats.

As soon as a Ph.D. student signs up for the course they must email Prof. McNeil and give him a brief outline of their research topic. This will allow him to select an appropriate paper that the student will use as the basis of their first oral presentation.
Registration: closed

Deadline: October 6, 2006