Venue Venue

The course takes place in rooms AG100 - AG105 of Agora Building


If you arrive by airplane, you can take a taxi (~25) or an airport bus (5e) 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 three separate tracks: One fast track (three days) and two slower tracks (four days). More info on these tracks will be added later.

Participation requires strong experience on using Powerpoint, Libreoffice Impress or a similar software. See also this course: Advanced PowerPoint
Track division

Participants are divided into separate tracks with different schedules. The course will last for four to three days for Track 1 and four days for Tracks 2 and 3, starting June 5th.

Monday 5.6.2017
Tuesday 6.6.2017
Wednesday 7.6.2017
Thursday 8.6.2017

How to get a seat in the course:

Participation requires strong experience on using Powerpoint, Libreoffice Impress or a similar software. See also this course: Advanced PowerPoint

If you get accepted:

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-[FS/MS] (like John-Smith-FS). FS means first submission, MS means modified submission (if there were comments).

2. Add your representation slides to the shared Dropbox folder Jean-Luc LeBrun created. If you did not receive an invitiation to the shared folder (e.g. new participant), send your slides to . Note that an accepted presentation is required to participate the course. Lecturer reserves rights to disqualify poorly made presentations.

3. Come to the class with your own computer with PowerPoint or LibreOffice Impress or similar software installed.

No presentation by 31.5 -> no participation.
June 5-8, 2017

The School of Computing, University of Eastern Finland (UEF) arranges a course on scientific presentation skills (2 credit points), given by Jean-Luc Lebrun and Justin 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 trainers

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.

Justin Lebrun has a master's degree in the communication of Science from NUS/ANU. He also teaches PowerPoint for Scientists and Poster presentations worldwide. Jean-Luc and Justin are general partners in Scientific Reach.
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