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, the industry, at a science fair or through different organisations. 


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 could help boost their careers.

Steps for completing your presentation

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

2. Choose the format
For your presentation you can freely choose to do your presentation oraly in front of an audience, as a YouTube video or as a Podcast. If you wish to do it oraly you might find a suitable platform on this list. You are free to use your network to find a more suitable platform if that suits your research topic better. Keep in mind that the audience should have no previous knowledge of your area of research.

Examples of platforms used by Chalmers PhD students:
Älvstrandens bibliotek, Volvo, Theater at Gröna Lund, Sweco, NTI Gymnasiet, Lindholmen Science Park,
International School of Gothenburg Region, IT-gymnasiet, Arken Hotel & Spa,
Almedalen, Alströmmergymnasiet, Högsbo bibliotek, Infotiv, Innovatum.

GTS is currently working on developing templates for the YouTube videos and Podcasts as well as putting togther a page with information on how to prepare, structure, write and performe  the presentation through the different formats. This work is ongoing throughout 2019. Please contact GTS if you have questions regarding the different formats.

3. Register your presentation
When you have decided when and where to perform your presentation, you should register your presentation.Use the form that you find on the left side of this page and submitt to genericskills@chalmers.se
4. During your presentation
Before your start kindly ask a few people in the audience to give you constructive feedback on your performance using written forms. The feedback is supposed to examine how well the presenter has managed to make the research topic accessible to the audience. The feedback should help the presenter understand how they are perceived by the audience and which areas or factors of the presentation he/she needs to improve. The audience should evaluate the performance of the presenter and the content of the presentation, not the person itself. 

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
Återkoppling på svenska

5. After your presentation
Write a reflection on your presentation using the GTS guidelines in the document below. Use the questions as inspiration and support to capture the most important components from your performance.

Reflection guidelines

  • consisting of 200-400 words 
  • use the questions in the "Reflection guidelines" to reflect and write your text. Do not answer each question specifically but rather incorporate the answers in your text.
  • 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

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 presented in a way that makes it accessible to the public
•    the presentation content is clear 
•    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: Wed 10 Jul 2019