Winter School: Communicating Research for Doctoral Candidates

A Joint School on Communication Practices for Researchers Proposed by LMU in cooperation with University of Szeged
06 Dec 2021 10 Dec 2021
Target Group
PhD students
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Closed  (Deadline: 28 Nov 2021 23:59)

Workshop “Presentation Skills”

Public speaking is a necessity in scientific life – and you can learn what the success factors of a good scientific presentation are. Very rarely it is the quality of the research results that causes problems. More often structure, orientation and personal performance can and should be improved to ensure that you come across as a creative and credible scientist.

This online workshop supports you in finding out what your strengths are and in developing your individual presentation profile. You will learn how to lead the audience from your first appearance on stage until the last question in the discussion.

Workshop topics:

  • The preparation – what to collect and how to arrange
  • Being aware of what's happening out there – "reading" and leading the audience
  • Powerful presentation language – supporting your message
  • Platform skills – for clear visualisation and high creativity
  • The "show" must go on – state control or how to deal with difficulties
  • Question and answer session – what to say if …


Participants will be asked to prepare a six-minute PowerPoint (or similar) presentation and bring it along for the workshop.

Lecture on “How to survive an unexpected question?– Tips for impromptu speeches”

Being able to deliver an impromptu speech is an extremely important skill to have as a Ph.D. student and will save you a lot of anxiety when you're asked to speak at the last minute.

To prepare yourself for the unknown, you could practice impromptu speaking so that your brain is trained to think on the spot. Not only is this an effective way to learn but it's also fun!

Lecture topics:

  • Introduction to impromptu speaking
  • The importance of handling unexpected questions
  • Examples of unexpected questions during your Ph.D. studies
  • Techniques for impromptu speaking
  • Practice

Workshop “Voice Training”

Developing a resonant and strong voice helps to speak without strain and hoarseness, presentations get striking and the attention of listeners is increased by using a lively speech melody and a pleasant vocal sound.

Workshop topics:

  • Exercises for an upright posture and a supportive breathing technique
  • Exercises for phonation and articulation
  • Exercises to develop an animating speaking style
  • Theoretical framework regarding anatomy and physiology of the speaking process


Certificate: Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Language: English

Number of Participants: 10

  • Schedule


    • Mo 6 December 2021: 9:00 am – 17:00 am (CET) Workshop “Presentation Skills”
    • Tue 7 December 2021: 9:00 am – 17:00 am (CET) Workshop “Presentation Skills”
    • Wed 8 December 2021: 12:00 pm – 14:00 pm (CET) Lecture on “How to survive an unexpected question?– Tips for impromptu speeches”
    • Thu 9 December 2021: 9:00 am – 12:00 am (CET) Workshop “Voice Training”
    • Fri 10 December 2021: 9:00 am – 12:00 am (CET) Workshop “Voice Training”
  • Registration

    Registration: Please register here:

    Registration deadline: 28th November 2021

    Contact: In case of questions please contact the the graduate center: