Popular science presentations GFOK070

For PhD students in the second half of their PhD studies


A Popular science presentation (GFOK070) is a mandatory element in the doctoral education at Chalmers. This means that all doctoral students must present their research work to an interested public without previous knowledge about the students' research topic. You can find your audience in schools, industry, at a science fair or through different organisations. See the list of suggested platforms to the left. 


The overall aim is to increase young researchers´ capability to present and disseminate their scientific results and ideas to the public environment in a language that anyone can understand. This will make new research visible in an accessible way to a broad audience (1).  Developing the capability of young researchers in giving popular science presentations will boost their careers.

Steps for completing your presentation

Before your presentation
Consider if you would benefit from taking the course Advanced communication - presentation skills (1,5 HEC) in preparation for your presentation. 

Find a platform for your presentation. You might find a suitable platform on this list, or use your network to find one more suitable for your research topic. Keep in mind that the audience should have no previous knowledge of your area of research.

Register your presentation using 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 to genericskills@chalmers.se
Upon registration your presentation will be posted in the "Upcoming presentations" calendar, where you might also find inspiration on how to describe your topic. To ensure a publication of your upcoming presentation in the calendar you need to submit your registration two weeks in advance.
Prepare your presentation according to the assessment criteria stated below.

During your presentation
Before your start kindly ask a few persons in the audience to give you constructive feedback on your performance using written forms. The feedback is to be included in your reflection and the feedback forms are to be attached to the reflection.

Example of feedback forms you might want to use can be seen below. You are free to use other kinds of forms if you so wish to.
 Feedback in English.pdf 
Feedback in Swedish.pdf 

After your presentation
Write a reflection on your presentation:

  • consisting of 200-400 words on the topic: “What did I learn for the future?” 
  • Include comments from the audience feedback in your reflection
  • Scan and attach your feedback form to include them to your reflection
  • Name your reflection "First name Last name reflection"
  • Send us your reflection to genericskills@chalmers.se
  • Write “GFOK070” in the subject line
Examples on how to write a reflection:

 Reflection example
Reflection example

 Reflection example


Assessment criteria

You are expected to demonstrate the capability of presenting your 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 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.

Suggested Literature

"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 genericskills@chalmers.se . Please write “GFOK070” in the subject line.
[1] See the Higher Education Act chapter 1. § 2, third paragraph: "The universities shall also cooperate with the surrounding community and provide information about their activities"


Published: Thu 09 Jun 2016. Modified: Thu 16 May 2019