Course Identification

Science Communication (SciComm) presentation skills- English

Lecturers and Teaching Assistants

Ms. Meital Salmor

Course Schedule and Location

Second Semester
Tuesday, 10:15 - 13:00

Field of Study, Course Type and Credit Points

Life Sciences: Lecture; 1.00 points
Physical Sciences: Lecture; Elective; For PhD students only; 1.00 points
Chemical Sciences: Lecture; Elective; For PhD students only; 1.00 points
Life Sciences (Brain Sciences: Systems, Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience Track): Lecture; 1.00 points
Life Sciences (ExCLS Track): Lecture; Elective; 1.00 points
Mathematics and Computer Science: Lecture; Elective; For PhD students only; 1.00 points


The course is worth 1 cp and open to all the faculties.
The course will take place at the accelerator except the following days:

Tuesdays between: 23/04-25/06 at Benoziyo Biochemistry seminar room 391c

The course will take place in the Accelerator



Please write to the lecturer ( why you want to take part in the science communication presentation skills course and include the following (between 2-3 short paragraphs):

1. Stage you are in your PhD

2. What challenges do you face when giving talks (to any audience) and what do you want to improve?

3. What do you expect to achieve in this course?



For PhD students only

Language of Instruction


Attendance and participation

Required in at least 80% of the lectures

Grade Type

Pass / Fail

Grade Breakdown (in %)


Evaluation Type

Final assignment

Scheduled date 1


Estimated Weekly Independent Workload (in hours)



  • Practicing effective presentation skills
  • Raising awareness to your usage of jargon and technical terminology
  • Adapting to different audience types (experts and non-experts)
  • Understanding paradigm gaps between you and others, dealing with biases
  • Extracting the essence of your research: What is the bottom line?
  • Getting the right message across- in talks (experts/non-experts), lab meetings etc.
  • Building narrative, storytelling models
  • Practicing body language and vocal delivery
  • Improv exercises to practice effective body movement
  • PowerPoint- using it effectively in a talk
  • Interviewing for a job in the industry vs. academia
  • Translating scientific messages to policy makers
  • *Every participant will get a before/after video recording to measure progress

Learning Outcomes

Making your scientific messages clear to various audiences (experts and non-experts)

Improving presentation skills

Elevating confidence in public speaking

Storytelling models can be used to build your future talks, articles and posters

Networking with researchers from other fields at WIS 

Reading List