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HEALTH: Research Presenter


To gain skills in preparing and delivering a talk or poster with recourse to the Rhetorics of Science and Medicine. This includes practical and reflective skills that might help you improve your academic presentations (teaching etc.) in general but scientific conference presentations in particular. 

Learning outcome

  • Apply skills in rhetorics for preparing and delivering research presentations with a focus on scientific talks and posters
  • Use reflective skills in evaluating performance in academic presentations
  • Apply principles for giving and receiving feedback


Rhetorics is the science or art of how people employ language (traditionally oral language, i.e. speech) effectively and persuasively. 

The oral research presentation is a genre used throughout the researchers’ career from PhD to senior researcher. However, research presentations  demand careful planning on behalf of the oral presenter. The researcher needs skills in rhetorics in order to prepare a presentation in accordance with the purpose and situation. Furthermore, she needs to deliver the presentation properly. The researcher should also be able to use and choose appropriate modern information and communication technology (ICT) to support the presentation.   

Along with rhetorical and technological skills to prepare the presentation and master stage performance, reflective skills are needed. When getting a scientific abstract accepted for a conference, it might be the expectation that the researcher has already acquired a high subject matter knowledge. However, less is assumed in terms of presenting skills. The skill of communicating with other experts must be supplemented with knowledge about rhetoric of science and medicine in order to disseminate the intricacies of learning to be a good research presenter. The rhetorical and reflective skills trained in this course will benefit mainly research presentation. However, this will also be beneficial to other academic presentations such as lecturing. 

Criteria and recommended knowledge for participation

Criteria for participation

University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).

Recommended knowledge for participation

  • Basic knowledge about the use of a personal computer  
  • The participants must prepare and bring a 5-minute poster presentation for course day 1 and a presentation for course day 2.

Participation in the course is without cost for

  • PhD students, Research Year students, and Research Honours Programme students from Aarhus University
  • PhD students enrolled at partner universities of the Nordoc network
  • PhD students from other institutions in the open market agreement for PhD courses

For the full course description, dates and registration please see the Course Calendar of the Graduate School of Health.  


Autumn 2023
Course dates:

  • 21 September 2023 9.00-16.00
  • 05 October 2023 9.00-16.00
    Registration deadline: 24 August 2023

For the full course description, dates and registration please see the Course Calendar of the Graduate School of Health


  • Target group: PhD students
  • ECTS: 1.7
  • Language: English
  • Span: 2 sessions of 14 hours in all + preparation
  • Course certificate: upon satisfactory completion
  • No. of participants: max. 24

Administrative coordinator

Lena Melchior

Kursusadministrator Administrationscenter Health - Health ph.d-administration