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

  • Attend one of our free Research Talk Clinics, where you can practice 10 minutes of your talk and receive detailed feedback from an OCPD facilitator and a small supportive group of peers.
  • 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.