GPSC28 - Giving engaging presentations


Oral presentation skills are essential for every graduate student to successfully convey key aspects of their work in class, at academic conferences, and to potential employers.

This workshop series will outline elements that contribute to effective presentations, including preparation, structure, and delivery. We will discuss how to construct a presentation, as well as select appropriate visual aids and strategies to deliver your presentation in an engaging manner.

In addition, we have updated this workshop to include strategies for presenting in virtual environments including tips for a professional presentation in a home office setting and effective virtual engagement tools.

The first part will present the theory on the essentials of graduate presentation skills. Optional 2nd part: participants will be asked to prepare and deliver a 3-minutes presentation to the class and will receive feedback from both their peers and the workshop leader.

Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe the structure of an effective presentation,
  2. Identify the elements of an effective presentation, in terms of visual support, presenter approach and the virtual environment,
  3. Present their own work in 3-5 minutes, (optional)
  4. Use strategies for receiving feedback from their audience. (optional)

Leaders Information

This workshop is led by Javier Ibarra.

Javier is a PhD candidate in Biology and his research is focused on answering the questions where organisms are in the world and why they are there. He has a soft spot for ants, so he chose these little creatures as the model system of his research. Before coming to Montreal, he completed his BSc in El Salvador and his MSc in Brazil. Javier has experience in publishing and peer-reviewing academic articles and presenting his research in international conferences. When not doing research, Javier is teaching, reading, or honing his cooking skills