Giving Effective Research Talks

Talking about your research is a complex but critical skill, and one that benefits from lots of practice. Seize the opportunities you have at UCSF to practice this vital skill.

Getting Started


Delving Deeper

  • Explore this web module on Scientific Communication from Nature Education's Scitable. This collection of resources, edited by scientific communication luminary Jean-luc Doumont, is well worth the free password you must create to access Scitable. It contains short readings and sample videos on oral presentations, including how to design effective slides and how to answer questions, plus thoughtful pieces on considering your audience and on scientific writing as well.
  • Interested in how best to communicate your science to non-scientists? Watch a video of Jean-luc Doumont speaking on this topic at Stanford's Center for Teaching and Learning (68 min). 


Ways to Practice

  • Organize your own practice talk, and ask your listeners to provide feedback using OCPD's Research Presentation Feedback Form.  Make sure to invite colleagues who represent the disciplinary diversity of your anticipated audience.

Upcoming Events

Fri
03

Entry Points to Careers in Science Communication

Date: April 3, 2020
Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Fri
10

Skill-building: Medical Writing Job Simulation

Date: April 10, 2020
Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Mon
13

Passing the Scalpel Dissection Event (Parnassus)

Date: April 13, 2020
Time: 5:30pm-7pm
Tue
12

STEP-UP Introduction to Pedagogy Course

Date: May 12, 2020
Time: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.