During the first half-day, we consider what makes effective and attractive posters and slides. For both, we critique examples and consider the balance of relevant text, visuals and white space. We discuss fonts, colour, alignment and more…but this not a highly technical PowerPoint clinic!
During the second half-day, we deal with oral presentations. We cover how to handle nerves, rehearsing, keeping to time, voice and body language, and handling questions. We critique a well-known orator to get some tips. You then have an opportunity to give a short presentation of around three minutes, accompanied by no more than six slides. You will receive constructive feedback on your delivery (but not on technical content) from other participants and the trainer.
Using the Zoom platform, this workshop comprises short lectures, brainstorming in breakout rooms, ample opportunity for discussion and an open invitation to ask questions, express opinion and share experience.
A note for those who are worried about giving an oral presentation!
Every participant will be giving a presentation, but you will be in a "safe" environment! It will be OK to be nervous, OK to forget what you were going to say, OK to receive constructive criticism, OK to give constructive criticism - it won"t matter and everyone will be in the same situation. It"s your opportunity to "have a go" at presenting, receive feedback and learn from others. The idea is to enjoy and have some fun!
Comments on workshops by John Dixon from the participants:
- Dr. Dixon did an excellent job as an instructor. The handouts were extremely helpful and handy. I would definitely recommend this course to my peers.
This workshop has by far been the best I"ve ever attended as a PhD student. The trainer (Dr. John Dixon) was extremely engaging and presented the material with such enthusiasm. I learned a lot from this workshop, from writing scientifically to abstract/poster/presentations. Loved it - highly recommended!
John is a great, charming and very sensible teacher and definitely knows what he is talking about. He definitely showed the enthusiasm during the course he was mentioning to be the key element. The handouts/exercises were brilliant, in a simple and straightforward way. The glossary on writing may become invaluable important for future manuscripts.
John is an excellent teacher and in addition to being really informative, the course was a lot of fun. Definitely recommendable.
John is very experienced and it is more fun and relevant given that he has a scientific background. Strongly enjoyed these 3 days and will recommend this course to my peers.
John is using magic tricks for PhD students to artistically open up. Very rare, very useful. I think that"s what we all, as scientists, lack.
Very competent and lovely trainer; it was a lot of fun! He provides a plenty of material that I will definetly use later in my scientific career.
The course is given by John Dixon, Libra Communications Training, Bishop's Stortford, UK.
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This is a virtual workshop over two half-days!
The workshop will be held via the videoconferencing software Zoom. Further information on how to use the software will be provided to registered participants.
Scientists have to give arguments in many different contexts: in their publications, in grant applications, in lab meetings and in conference presentations. Nevertheless, the bases for strong and correct arguments are not always fully clear to them. Logic provides extremely helpful tools for scientists to develop their arguments in a coherent, well-structured and convincing way. The course introduces the most important concepts of logic:
premises and conclusions of arguments, validity and soundness of arguments, deductive vs. inductive reasoning, common types of inferences and fallacies. The idea of the course is to use these concepts as a toolbox which provides useful techniques for everyday scientific work. The participants learn how to reconstruct arguments from scientific texts, how to give well-structured and logically valid arguments, and how to avoid misunderstandings.
- get to know the fundamental concepts of logic
(validity, soundness, standard form, fallacies etc.)
- learn to quickly identify the strengths and weaknesses of arguments
- learn how to break arguments down into their logical structure
- learn how to give well-structured and convincing arguments (written and orally)
- practice analytical-thinking skills
- Really useful course. Highly recommended.
- The course helps to realize the structure of arguments in texts and to clarify your own arguments. It is enlightening to understand which part of texts actually contains "the argument".
- Teaches critical way of thinking and debating.
- This workshop helped me grasp the importance of forming a valid and sound argument, both in discussions and written work. Furthermore, it helped me understand how to analyse arguments and identify fallacies and how to handle them. The trainer did everything to make sure we understood the material, I thoroughly recommend this workshop.
- This course gave me tools to structure arguments so that they are easily understood by others. I believe this course is ideal for someone who is writing a paper or preparing his/her thesis defense.
- Jonas was a great teacher, highly dedicated to his job and the webinar was very entertaining and informative. Will be useful for the PhD defense and the dissertation writing process!
The course is given by Dr. Jonas Zahn, Argumentationskompetenz, Berlin.
This is an online workshop. The log-in details will be communicated to registered participants in due time.
The workshop times are 9-14h on both days. Additionally, participants need to schedule 30-60 minutes for "homework" on both days. After the workshop, appointments for individual discussions with feedback on the participants' text and/or excersises are made.
Target group: GGNB and GAUSS doctoral students
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