Your trainer

Jean-Luc Lebrun , is a seasoned and humorous presenter of advanced technology. He presented Apple Computer's research to audiences world-wide for over ten years and hosted the CyberChat program on Singapore TV. He won many presentation awards throughout his career. He teaches presentation skills at the following A*Star research institutes: BII, BSF, BTI, CMM, DSI, GIS, I2R, IBN, ICES, IHPC, IMCB, IME, IMRE, and SIMTECH as well as European Universities.
*Agency for Science, Technology And Research Singapore

The book 'When The Scientist Presents' by Jean-Luc Lebrun costs Singapore $28 (around 16 euros).

SWAN project
This Swan - Scientific Writing AssistaNt - aims at helping writers with the content, not the grammar or spelling. It guides you towards known good scientific writing practices and helps your readers find your contribution.


Accomodation is arranged for a two-shared room in ISLO. Breakfast, internet, TV, use of gym are included. Also for those who comes on Monday, the hostel is open until 9:30 p.m.

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The course is mainly organzied for ECSE students. The students from other departments in Joensuu and outside Joensuu are all welcome.
Please note that the deadline for registration is June 24, 2011.
  • ECSE students: free (including lectures, accommodation, social program)
  • Participants from other departments: free if registed before the deadline or until the number of seats is reached
  • The others: 100 euros

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Payment by bank transfer:
Reciever: University of Eastern Finland
Bank: Nordea Bank Finland plc
Account no.: 174130-2291 (domestic payments)
IBAN no.: FI16 1741 3000 0022 91 (foreign payments)
Reference: 306020/Lastname,Firstname

Course Structure
Module 1: Meeting both audience expectations and presentation goals. Slide redesign.
Module 2: Delivering in front of audience: moving, standing, talking, pointing, observing, listening.
Module 3: Facing the questions: preparing the Q&A session, listening to, evaluating the relevance, and answering ten common kinds of scientific questions.

Career Opportunities
Good presentation skills speed up career promotion decisions for two reasons:
1) Presenting takes a larger part of a scientist's time as he or she moves up the research ladder.
2) Presenting is key to getting funding and project support. A scientist that garners support is often put "on the fast career track."

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competition and answers
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Participants work in groups to prepare a 7-minute presentation corresponding to the scientific paper from a group member. The group selects its presenter after internal evaluation - The presenter does not handle the 7-minute Q&A following the presentation. This role is reserved for the author of the paper. Live collective feedback is given on presenter hosting qualities, story continuity, subject hook, audience in or out of sync, slide readability, speech intelligibility, graphics, scientific impact, and question handling.
Note: The course will be held in Science park (T/B106, Tiedepuisto, Lansikatu 15, Joensuu).
As the course schedule is quite tight, the course starts at 9 sharp everyday.

August 30 - September 1, 2011

The School of Computing, University of Eastern Finland arranges a course on scientific presentation, together with Jean-Luc Lebrun.

The course tackles the three greatest obstacles a presenting scientist faces: fear, an over-technical text-heavy presentation, and a less-knowledgeable-than-expected audience. Through systematically rooting out what lessens presentation impact, and preparing a live delivery, the presenting scientist acquires confidence in himself, fluidity in speech, and authority when handling questions. The course is based on the book "When the Scientist Presents" (World Scientific Publishing).

The course is designed for research managers, researchers, graduates and postgraduates who deliver presentations in the course of their work to convince, motivate, inform, seek collaboration, or secure financial support.
Each participant entitles to 2 credits for finishing the course.

Contact information:
Dr. Tomi Kinnunen
Email: scipre2011 at

Contact Address:
Tel: +358 13 251 7962
School of Computing
University of Eastern Finland
P.O.Box 111, FIN-80101 Joensuu, Finland