Scientific Writing & Oral Presentations

Scientific Writing & Oral Presentations

communication skills

Ghent, VIB-UGent Research Building Locus

Start date:

08 November 2021


8 & 9 November and 6 & 7 December 2021

General context

The Scientific Writing and Oral Presentations course is designed for researchers who need to publish their research projects and/or present them to an international peer audience.


The course aims at enhancing the participants’ skills of communicating their research results in a persuasive and professional way. It will raise their awareness of the qualities of good scientific writing and speaking while at the same time give them the tools and resources to improve their written and oral communication skills in the long term.


Both Scientific Writing and Oral Presentations are interactive courses as they require active input from the participants. Places are limited (max. 8 participants).

The Scientific Writing course is built around the different steps an author takes in the writing process. Themes dealt with include: defining a thesis statement, reader-oriented writing, planning and organizing information, the contents and the structure of the different parts of a report from abstract to appendix, readable paragraphs, meaningful titles and headings, a clear and professional style, tables and figures, and referencing. Also, some important differences between scientific and business reporting will be pointed out. The course consists of three half-day group sessions and one-half day of individual coaching. The latter is based on an individual writing assignment.

Oral Presentations offers participants an up-to-date reference framework for making and evaluating presentations. It will help them discover and assess their own strengths and weaknesses in orally presenting research results. The course deals with the building of a presentation, the use of visual aids, the presenter’s qualities and the delivery. Ample focus is given on structuring the presentation, on making good use of PowerPoint and on making the delivery captivating. The course is split over two half-day group sessions and one full day of presentations by the participants themselves.

Event intended for

VIB PhD students and postdocs

Required skills

Please note that this is not a language course, so proficiency in English is a basic requirement! During the registration process, you will be asked to submit an abstract in which you explain why you want to follow this course.

Extra information

Please not that this is not a language course, so proficiency in English is a basic requirement!

  • Participation is free for VIB participants.
  •  Note that upon no show without valid justification a fee of € 100 will be charged and you will be blacklisted for the VIB training program for 1 year. Click here for more information.


Antoine Vermeire

Antoine Vermeire is Emeritus Professor at Gent University and a professional training and coaching consultant. Already for several years, prof Vermeire is successfully training VIB PhD students and postdocs towards writing excellent reports and giving memorable presentations.  


Scientific Writing

3 half-day group sessions and one half-day individual coaching based on an assignment

  • The qualities of a good research report
  • The preliminary phase: purpose, audience and contents
  • Structuring a research report
  • Parts of a research report
  • Proposal writing
  • Writing the research report of proposal
  • Visual appearance
  • Academic posters


Oral Presentation

2 half-day group sessions and one full day presentations by participants

  • What makes a presentation memorable?
  • How to prepare a presentation?
  • How to build a presentation?
  • How to end a presentation?
  • How to use PowerPoint Effectively?
  • How to be(come) a charismatic speaker?
  • Some loose ends

Practical info

Location & Venue
UGent-VIB Research Building Locus

Technologiepark 75
9052 Zwijnaarde

Public transport
UGent-VIB Research Building Locus
Public transport


At Gent St Pieters station you can take the following city buses: Buses 70, 71 and 72 ("Tramstraat"). You get off at the stop marked "Bollebergen" (on the Grote Steenweg Noord). The Technology Park is straight in front of you on the other side of the soft verge. Walk into the park to the roundabout and then straight on. The UGent-VIB research building is the first building on the left.

There is also a shuttle bus between Gent-Sint-Pieters and Technologiepark, more information can be found here.

Route description
UGent-VIB Research Building Locus

Route description

There is free parking available in front of the building.

Venue contact
UGent-VIB Research Building Locus
Extra information

Room L5