Effective Scientific Communication

What is Effective Scientific Communication?

The Doctoral seminar on Effective Scientific Communication helps researchers to develop their writing and speaking skills, so they can present their research work in an effective way. The seminar is accessible to students of all doctoral schools.

The seminar covers papers partially and oral presentations extensively. You will learn how to write an effective abstract and how to structure and deliver presentations, create slides, and answer questions. Besides four half-days of discussion in plenary group, you will have the opportunity to sharpen your skills on a writing homework with individual feedback and two practice presentations in subgroups of five people. As support material, you will receive a copy of 'Trees, maps, and theorems', which covers the seminar's topics and more.

The seminar is run in English, unless all participants present are Dutch-speaking. Most examples used, the various course documents and the book are all in English.

To get credits, you must demonstrate regular attendance and you must satisfactorily complete the writing homework and both practice presentations.

Please note that to complete your registration you are expected to send in a brief letter of motivation including an agreement of regular attendance of the sessions (both concepts and practice) and completing the writing homework. You can send it to doctoral [dot] schools [at] vub [dot] ac [dot] be


The program foresees 4 half-day class meetings in plenary group to discuss concepts, 2 half-day practice sessions in subgroups of 5 participants, and 1 individual tutorial of 15 minutes. The subgroups will be formed during the first meeting.

Concepts I:

  • Wednesday 10th of May 2017: 09.00 hrs - 17.00 hrs in room E3.02
  • Wednesday 24th of May 2017: 09.00 hrs - 12.30 hrs in room E3.02

Tutorials (15 minutes per participant):

  • Wednesday 24th of May 2017: 12.30 hrs - 18.30 hrs in room E3.02

Practice I (1 half day per participant between Wednesday the 31st of May & Friday the 02nd of June):

  • Wednesday 31st of May 2017: 09.00 hrs - 12.30 hrs in room D3.14
  • Thursday 01st of June 2017: 09.00 hrs - 12.30 hrs & 13.30 hrs - 17.00 hrs in room D3.13
  • Friday 02nd of June 2017: 09.00 hrs - 12.30 hrs & 13.30 hrs - 17.00 hrs in room D3.14

Concepts II:

  • Tuesday 06th of June 2017: 09.00 hrs - 12.30 hrs in room E3.02

Practice II (1 half day per participant between Wednesday the 21st & Friday the 23rd of June):

  • Friday 16th of June 2017: 09.00 hrs - 12.30 hrs & 13.30 hrs - 17.00 hrs in room G1.020 (building G, groundlevel - niveau Esplanade)
  • Tuesday 20th of June 2017: 09.00 hrs - 12.30 hrs in room D2.12
  • Wednesday 21st of June 2017: 09.00 hrs - 12.30 hrs in room D2.14
  • Thursday 22nd of June 2017: 13.30 hrs - 17.00 hrs in room D2.14

Practical Information                  

Where?             Campus Etterbeek



Registration CLOSED

Free of charge for PhD students

We kindly ask you to register only once and only when you can actually participate. In case you have already registered but are not able to participate, please be so kind as to notify us by sending an e-mail to doctoral [dot] schools [at] vub [dot] ac [dot] be so we can offer your place to one of your PhD colleagues on the waiting list.

Please be aware of the fact that the cancellation and no-show policy of VUB applies. Cancellation of your participation is only allowed up to 48 hours before the start of the course. Otherwise, the policy as described on the doctoral school website will be followed.

Registration Rules: http://www.vub.ac.be/phd/english/workshopsENG.html#RegisRules
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