Venue Venue

The course is organized by University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu campus. It is suitable for PhD students in all faculties: Philosophical Faculty, Faculty of Science and Forestry, Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies.

Joensuu is a student town with approximately 15 000 students and 2 800 members of staff.

The course takes place in rooms M100 and M102 of Metria Building.


If you arrive by airplane, you can take a taxi (~25) or an airport bus (4.50e) to the city center.

Timetables for trains and buses


Each participant is responsible for his/her own accommodation arrangements. The following are affordable (low-budget) options in Joensuu:


The goals of the course are to learn:

1. Content design: How to meet audience expectations and the presentation goals. Redesign of slides.

2. Presenting: Delivering in front of audience: moving, standing, talking, pointing, observing, listening.

3. Facing the questions: preparing the Q&A session, listening to, evaluating the relevance, and answering ten common kinds of scientific questions.

The course is very intensive and requires full-time participation. It includes joint lectures, group work and presentations within two separate tracks. Track 1 is for more advanced students who already have their presentation well prepared and thus need less time. This track takes 3 full days. Track 2 is for those who need more time to work on their presentations. It takes 4 full days.

Both tracks have seats for 17 students, who can choose their preferred presentation mode - duo or solo.

Duo: presenter and pitcher

Presentation of 7 to 8 slides: title slide, hook slide, 3 or 4 story slides, take-away slide. Presenters prepare and give presentation (7 min) of the slides provided by the pitcher of the group. Pitchers answer questions (4 min) after the presentation and do the elevator pitch (2 min).

Solo: presenter

Presentation of 4 slides: title slide, hook slide, 1 story slide, take-away slide. Presenters prepare their own slides, present them (4 min), answer questions (2 min) and do the elevator pitch (2 min).
Track division

Participants are divided into two tracks (17 students in each) with slightly different schedule. Track 1 is more intense (3 days schedule) and meant for those who are more advanced in their studies and have presentation already well prepared. Track 2 (4 days schedule) has a bit more relaxed schedule and is suitable for those who need more time for revising their presentation.

Monday 8.6.2015, M100
8:30 - 09:00 Registration
9:00 - 10:30 Lectures
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 - 12:30 Lectures
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 15:00 Lectures
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break, group formation
15:30 - 17:30 Public diagnostics for T1 presentations, T2 attends

Tuesday 9.6.2015, M102
9:00 - 11:00 Rehearsal (T1), self-diagnostics in teams of 2 (T2)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 15:00 Revising (+lunch break)
15:00 - 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 - 17:30 Rehearsal (T1), Revising (T2)

Wednesday 10.6.2015, M100
9:00 - 10:30 Presentations (T1), T2 attends
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 - 12:30 Presentations (T1), T2 attends
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 15:00 Presentations (T1), Revising (T2)
15:00 - 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 - 17:00 Presentations (T1), Rehearsal (T2)

Thursday 11.6.2015, M100
T1 free or follows T2 presentations, T2 as Wednesday schedule for T1.

How to get a seat in the course:

1. Please fill in the registration form. Deadline is 1.5.
2. Acceptance or reject notifications will be sent within a week.

If you get accepted as presenter

1. Make a presentation, which corresponds to a scientific paper (not a review paper or short letter in journal) AND follows this template. Name your presentation like First-Last-Track-PresentationMode (like John-Smith-T1-Duo)

2. Send your presentation by 25.5 to

3. Come to the class with your own computer with PowerPoint installed.

No presentation by 25.5 - no presentator role. If you are an observer then no need to prepare anything.

The list of currently registered participants can be found here.
June 8-11, 2015

The School of Computing, University of Eastern Finland (UEF) arranges a course on scientific presentation skills (2 credit points), given by Jean-Luc Lebrun. The course is meant for PhD students of any faculty. The content is based on the book "When the Scientist Presents", and tackles the three greatest obstacles a presenting scientist faces:

1. Fear
2. An over-technical text-heavy presentation
3. 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 suitable 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.

Career opportunities

Good presentation skills speed up career promotion decisions for two reasons:

1. Presenting takes a larger part of a scientist's time when moving 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."

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 has taught the course at about dozen of A*Star institutes in Singapore as well as in many Europen Universities.
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