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    Advanced Technical Presentation Techniques

    Lausanne, 28 September 2012

    Presenting technical information to an audience is one of the hardest tasks any scientist can face. Presenting effectively is not a natural talent for most people. Indeed, many technical presentations utterly fail in their primary objective — to convey a complex idea or argument clearly and convincingly. This class explains — and demonstrates — the key techniques that combine to produce an effective and enjoyable technical presentation. All participants, from master or PhD students to lab heads will benefit from the techniques presented in this course.

    The class is taught by Damian Conway, a well-known speaker (see his official biography or his Wikipedia page). This course was already organized by the SIB in Lausanne in 2010, and the feedback from the students was by far the best we ever got for any SIB course.

    A more detailed description of the course is available at Please contact Frédéric Schütz if you have any question.

    Damian Conway during his presentation course in 2010
    Damian Conway during his presentation course in Lausanne in 2010


    There is no pre-requisite for this course. The number of seats is limited.


    200 CHF for the day for Swiss academics (including the course documentation). Other participants should contact us.

    The course is co-organized with the Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale (CUSO). Members of a CUSO doctoral program can register directly through the CUSO website, and their registration fee may be covered by their doctoral program.

    Practical organization - Location and schedule

    The course will be held on the Dorigny campus of the University of Lausanne. It will run from 9:00 to 17:00 approximately, according to the following schedule:

    0850-1030 Course
    1030-1045 Break
    1045-1215 Course

    1215-1315 Lunch

    1315-1445 Course
    1445-1500 Break
    1500-1700 Course


    Registration is closed.