Attention please! – Presenting successfully at conferences and other scientific contexts

Academia Raetica

General information and fee

  • Dates and times: July 13, 09:00-17:00, and July 14, 2022, 09:00-13:00 at Davos & one-hour 1:1 ONLINE coaching session for each participant on September 8 or 9, 2022

  • Lecturer: Dr. Dieta Kuchenbrandt

  • Language: English

  • Target audience: primarily PhD students, open to other interested scientists

  • Course fee for participants from Academia Raetica member or partner institutions: CHF 150 early bird rate until June 1, 2022. From June 2, 2022: CHF 180

  • External participants: CHF 250

  • Max. number participants: 12 (min. number participants 8)

  • Our terms and conditions

  • Course Coordinator: Daniela Heinen,, phone 081 410 60 84

  • Credit points: This training requires 13 hours of attendance plus ca. 3 hours for preparation and homework. Please check with your supervisor at your university, if the course counts towards ECTS.

  • Course certificate: You will receive a certificate of attendance, if you attend the entire course.

Course outline

Successful communication in oral presentations is essential in academia. Talks, panel discussions, and poster presentations shape how colleagues and the public perceive you and your research. How you present your research and yourself can ‘make or break’ the success of a grant application, a job opportunity, or a collaboration down the line.

In this seminar, we teach and help you practice authentic presentation techniques that work in an academic context. In addition to the 1.5-day workshop, an individual session is offered in which each participant presents his/her talk in preparation for the conference "Graubünden forscht" and receives detailed feedback from the trainer.


  • Developing and optimizing an authentic and confident presentation style for scientific presentations

  • Using body language, eye contact, and rhetorical techniques to get and keep the audience’s attention

  • Optimizing the structure and choice of the presented content

Content and schedule

Day 1, July 13

  • Welcome & overview

  • What makes a good presentation a good one?

  • The first impression decides, the last remains...

    • One-minute talk about myself

  • Authenticity

    • Conference conventions – a matter of culture?

  • Content and structure

    • Thriller or bedtime story? – How to talk about research

    • Short presentation practice

  • Presenting versus chatting

    • Working with questions

    • Working with examples

    • Eye contact

  • Self-presentation

    • Voice & breathing

    • Body language and embodiment – Why ...

Day 2, July 14

  • Review day 1 and questions/difficulties

  • Preparation 3 minute presentations

  • Presentations of participants (with video recording)

    • Peer and expert feedback

  • Conclusions & evaluation

Day 3, September 8 or 9

  • 1:1 online training: presentation with individual feedback

About the trainer

Dr. Dieta Kuchenbrandt studied Psychology at the University of Greifswald, where she also completed her PhD in 2010. She then had a postdoc position at the Center of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC, Bielefeld University) and was a visiting professor for Social Psychology at the University of Osnabrück. In addition, she completed a two-year training program in management consulting and coaching (Deutsche Psychologenakademie).

Today, Dieta Kuchenbrandt is the co-owner of schainundkuchenbrandt, working as a trainer and coach dedicated to the interests and concerns of scientists in academia. Her work particularly focuses on career planning for scientists, applying for professorships, time management, and presentation skills.

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