For PhD students in the second half of their PhD studies
In the doctoral education at Chalmers it is mandatory to do one
popular science presentation as part of the Generic and Transferable
Skills training. This means that all doctoral students must present
their research work to an interested public that lacks deeper knowledge
about the students’ work. This could include a presentation to a
secondary school team of teachers, colleagues from other disciplines or a
To support the development of popular science presentation skills, Chalmers offers doctoral students and young researcher courses in presentation skills and workshops where you can work on compiling and structuring your presentation material.
The overall aim is to increase young researchers´ capability to present and disseminate their scientific results
and ideas to the public environment and targeted societal communities. This will make new research visible in a accessible way to a broad audience. To develop the capability of young researchers to provide Popular Science Presentations will also boost the career of the scientist.
Guidance on how to set up the mandatory popular science presentation within the scope of Generic and Transferable Skills
1. When to give your presentation?
To perform the mandatory popular presentation you should have reached the second half of your PhD studies.
2. Contact organiser to book time and place
As a doctoral student you are responsible to contact an organiser of popular science events to book time and place for your presentation. For tips on where you can perform presentations please check the list of examples below. You are free to organise your presentation at other locations than those listed by us.
To those of you who are participating in the workshop Popular Science Presentation additional support will be given to find your platform of presentation.
Examples of presentations platforms
3. Fill in the registration form (on the left side)
When you have decided when and where to perform
your presentation, you should register by submitting the registration
form on the left side at least 4 weeks in advance of the event.
4. Prepare the presentation according to the assessment criteria
The presentation should normally be around 10 minutes long followed by 5
minutes of questions and discussion. The presentation can be longer or
shorter but must have a specified length that you should adhere to. You
should use some form of visual aid. Make sure that your presentation
meets the assessment criteria listed below.
5. Request feedback before you start
Before your start kindly ask a few persons in the audience to give you
constructive criticism on your performance. Tips and feedback forms you
Feedback in English.pdf
Feedback in Swedish.pdf
6. Send a reflection on your learnings, including the audience feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
After the performance write a reflection on your presentation consisting of
200-400 words on the topic: What did you learn for the future? You are
expected to include comments on the audience feedback. Send the
reflection to email@example.com. Please write “GFOK070” in the subject line.
You are expected to demonstrate the capability of presenting you
research to a non-expert public in an accessible way as a popular
science presentation. To achieve that goal you should ensure that you
include the following components in your presentation:
- the content is relevant in relation to the audience
- the presentation content is clear with a reasonable balance between presentation elements
- the research context, purpose and findings are presented
- the presentation describes in which area/activity your results will be important, and why
- the language is simple, precise and tailored to the public. Any technical terms must/should be explained
- use supporting visual aids and respect the timetable
- the presentation has a distinct theme and you have good contact with your audience.
Available resources for your presentation
1. To train your ability to present scientific material in an accessible
manner for different target groups, Chalmers offers courses in
presentation skills - see Advanced Communication, GFOK045.
2. Workshops aimed to help you to design and to train delivering a popular science presentation - read and register here
Workshops: Popular Science Presentations
"Speaker’s Cookbook”, Erik Mattsson (2015)
A written reflection on your presentation consisting of 200-400
words. You are expected to include the audience feedback and your
personal learning for future presentations as part of the document. The
reflection is to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please write “GFOK070” in the subject line.