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The Art of Engaging an Audience


25 October 2019


Marta Bellone, CUSO


Dr Samuel Lagier, Sam Speaks Science


Facing an audience is stressful, even for seasoned speakers. For a researcher, the ability to present her/his own research is critical and can shape (positively and negatively) an entire career. Coping with what can be a challenging situation is not trivial and a lot of scientists are not properly trained for it. This interactive workshop is designed to equip young researchers with a mindset and concrete tools to efficiently face and engage an audience. The first part of the workshop will be dedicated to the presentation mindset, stage presence and coping with stress. In the afternoon, participants will work on their voice and body language. The day will end with each participants giving a short scientific presentation in front of a camera. Throughout the day, participants will receive feedbacks from the trainer and from their audience. At the end of the training, participants will know how to present themselves to an audience, speak to an audience, know how to improve their body language and manage space and presentation’s technology (clicker, pointer, microphone…)


University of Fribourg


Material to bring

- a 3-min presentation of your work
- 1 slide to illustrate that presentation
- comfortable clothes to move around freely
- a description of your work to a non-scientist in one sentence


25 October 2019
9:00 - 18:00


University of Fribourg
Pérolles Campus
Chemin du Musée 10
Seminar room 0.367 (E&E seminar room)


Marta Bellone
Phone: +41 (0)26 300 88 91

Registration Fees: 

Free for participants enrolled in the CUSO Ecology & Evolution doctoral program.

Other participants: please contact the program coordinator at ecologie-evolution(at)


PhD students of the DPEE are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). Please send the original tickets along with the reimbursement form to:

 Marta Bellone 
Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution

 University of Fribourg
 Chemin du Musée, 10
 CH-1700 Fribourg

NO reimbursement of your meal expenses.


CUSO PhD students: through your MyCUSO account.

External participants (non-CUSO PhD students, post-docs, etc...): use the icon "registration" at top of page and the last gray box "non-CUSO student" ("personne hors myCUSO").

Priority is given to PhD students from the CUSO Doctoral Programs in Ecology & Evolution until 29 September 2019.


Registration is open until 13 October 2019!




Deadline for registration 13.10.2019
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