Scientific Presentation Skills and Career Planning

This course/seminar aims at teaching students how to find and select essential scientific information to make a scientific presentation (e.g. preparation of research proposal, writing of an assignment, report or thesis, thesis findings to be presented in an international conference), under which form to present methods and results (text, tabulation, illustration and their content and layout) and how to defend them assertively. It also introduces common standards and practices and explains why it is important to follow them in academia. A huge chapter is spent to writing and layout skills and to plagiarism. This course also prepares you for stay within academia (academic career) or for the challenges young graduates face on the employment market (non-academic career).

Upon assimilation of the information the student should master presentation skills (designed and spoken) and assertiveness in defending own research results. In addition the student should be fully aware of scientific standards and procedures in the career of a scientist or beyond academia.

Full content:

1.Scientific proposals:
•Rationale / Background / Problem situation / Context of the subject
•Literature review (source types, Boolean and proximity operators)
•Use of the Internet (what can we trust out there ?)
•Research objectives (disambiguation of purpose, aim, goal, scope, objective, target and ambition)
•Scientific questions and hypotheses
•A selection of 24 examples of logical fallacies
•What does 'a model' mean and what is 'modelling' ?
•Planning a research strategy and schedule

2. Fieldwork, desk work and analysis in scientific research:
•What precedes my research ?
•Field- and labwork
•Samples and sampling strategies (categories)
•Analysis tools
•Making a deadline
•Back-up your data

3. Writing and layout skills:
•Basic components of a paper, thesis or proposal (in-depth overview per section from the front cover page to the back cover)
•Scientific and biological standards
•How to work and write scientifically (managing your work, scientific standards from different domains, ISO standards for official codes)
•Citation, paraphrasing and plagiarism (rigorous overview with examples, regulations and penalties)
•How to present data and how to present data badly (text and non-text illustrations in written documents and posters)
•Reference systems (Copyrights, Creative Commons, Plagiarism-detection software)

4. Scientific publication:
•Extracting a manuscript from a thesis
•The peer-review process (from what precedes writing of a paper to its final publication)
•Selecting an appropriate scientific journal (incl. Open Access and Open Source)
•Quality indices (common bibliometric measurements for evaluation of journals, researchers and institutes)
•Internet sources for scientific publishing and indexing
•Popular scientific articles
•Talking to the media

5. Pre- and post-research presentation and defence skills:
•Public speaking skills (from what you say to how you say it)
•Public presentation of data
•Use of didactical material
•Presentation and defence (of proposals, of finished research)

6. Academic currencies:
•The academic career
•Grading systems
•Scientific publications (SLOSS, FIORI,...)
•Conference presentations
•Curriculum vitae design for academic and non-academic purposes (how to advertise your skills ?)
•Time management

7. National and international funding:
•Privileged partners
•Sources for funding
•Project budgets


Thursday 7/12: 13-19h: ULB Campus Plaine, Forum D

Friday 8/12: 9-12h and 13h-19h VUB Pleinlaan, Aula Q.d





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.

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