Week 1: What is scientific presentation?

The term ‘scientific presentation’ used in this course refers to talks that scientists make in order to report their work to the scientific community: how this particular scientist found an important question and discovered a possible answer to that question. Through making such presentations scientists aspire to receive a variety of different feedback –advice, constructive criticism, grant support, job, etc. – to advance their research further. In the first week, we will discuss how scientific presentation differs from other types of presentation. We will watch videos of two presentations that deal with the same content, but differ in presentation style and strategy. We will discuss what are the essential elements that distinguish scientific presentations from other presentations. By learning strategies to present effectively you will be able to achieve the major goal of giving a scientific presentation: sell your work, sell yourself, and ultimately make your own science even better.