Scientific Presentation - Getting it right (GGG) in presence

Target group:
PhD students of the GGG, other PhD students if free places are available

02.-03.05.2023 (each 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Venue: Convention Center by the Observatory, Geismar Landstraße 11, big seminar room
Available seats: 15
Course language: English
Lecturer: John Kluempers, Ph.D.
For nearly two decades, John Kluempers, Ph.D. has been using his voice professionally. First, as a radio journalist at Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster. And now as a presentation trainer. He has helped hundreds of Ph.D. candidates and post-docs in Germany and Austria to take their presentations to the next level.
He got his doctorate in linguistics at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), lived in Berlin before moving to Tokyo, Japanwhere he taught at DokkyoUniversity. These experiences in vibrant, bustling metropolises on three continents have broadened his understanding of the cultural aspects in communication we all face in multinational organizations. So much so, that he now teaches courses on intercultural team management in Cologne.

Seminar objectives:
In this workshop, participants hone their skills in giving scientific presentations in English and taking part in professional discussions following their own talks. In addition, they increase their awareness and use of good body language and vocal methods.
Participants will be trained for:

  • giving numerous talks, including one over their current research
  • taking questions, also difficult ones, in the follow-up discussion
  • using body language influentially and with success

  • Detailed description:
    A good presentation begins with good preparation. Participants work on exercises that help them understand the best techniques in developing the right presentation by answering questions like: Who will be present? Where will I give my talk? How can I most effectively present my research material? What determines success?
    Beyond that, the doctoral candidates learn how body language can help them and strengthen their presentations, both in stressing their arguments and in authentically revealing their personalities.
    In the two days of seminar work, they develop a solid foundation of effective strategies so that they can systematically prepare sound talks, improve their presentation skills, and increase their own self-perception. The participants will recognize their strengths and know how they can correct and improve critical parts of their presentations.

    Credits: 1 credit

    • attendance on all sessions
    • ready to speak on short notice
    • prepare your own presentation (instructions will follow)
    • written reflection (max. 2 pages) on the lessons learnt (to be sent to by May 17, 2023)

    Please, send an e-mail to
    contact for further information: Dr. Nelly C. Schubert, Phone: +551 39-28219

    This course is organized by the Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences (GGG).

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