Slide Design for Scientists – Single Webinar

How to fight the Death-By-PowerPoint-Syndrome

Single webinar – 120 minutes – online

For up to 90 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, in German or English

Did you ever fall asleep during a slide-heavy presentation? Or at least felt like it? You don’t what this to happen to your audience! Understand why so many scientists make so severe mistakes in how they conceptualize and design slides. Learn to master this crucial area of truly convincing scientific presentations.


  • You know the Six Golden Rules of Slide Design
  • You know important techniques in PowerPoint (this is no PPT introduction)
  • You can ask whatever you need to use PPT to its fullest potential


  • What are the most widespread mistakes when scientists are using slides?
  • Slide-design:
  • How many slides should I prepare?
  • How many words per slide?
  • How should a background look like?
  • Which fonts should I use? What size?
  • How should I layout items on the slide?
  • Should I use figures and images? If so, what is important?
  • Which flaws are most common and how do I avoid them?
  • The most important technical tips and tricks for PPT


Mixture of trainer input and group interactions (e.g. finding things to improve in a given slide), participants can ask their individual questions.

Technical Requirements for Participation

  • A place from where you can participate without being disturbed
  • A computer with microphone and speakers or headset
  • Stable internet connection (ethernet cable preferred over Wi-Fi) 

Exemplary Evaluations

for IGBMC Strassbourg - online

Former Participants say


I could raise my presentation skills from good to excellent [...] Strongly recommended!

The two-day online course on scientific presentation was really useful for me. [...] I could raise my presentation skills from good to excellent. [...] it worked really well online. [...] Matthias was very engaging and the course was very interactive. [...]

What I found most special about this course is the very individualized feedback that each of us received on multiple aspects of presentation. Recording a video of us while presenting and then watching it and discussing it individually with Matthias was a very unique and useful experience which one rarely ever has when presenting in real life. [...]

I am really looking forward to my next talk [...] Strongly recommended!

Wala Jaser , PhD Student, University of Tübingen - Participant of 2-days Online Presentation Skills Seminar

One of my best experiences

Thank you for the amazing course. It was indeed one of my best experiences.
With a simple, vivid as well as professional way you managed to cover all the important topics how to successfully present scientific talks. There are some “secrets of success” that I was not aware.
Definitely, after your guidance I know how to give an excellent talk and my audience go back home happy for deeply understanding the take home message of my presentation.

Dimitra Vlachokosta , PhD student at IGBMC, France - Participant of 2-days Online Presentation Skills Seminar

You will never regret this decision!

[...] the 2 days online seminar on conducting scientific talks [...] is extremely worthy of visit. [...] 2 main reasons why [...] Firstly, during this seminar, I could gain a very good understanding of what makes scientific presentations convincing. [...] Secondly, I had an opportunity to give a presentation during the seminar [...] got quite valuable [...] feedback [...]

I felt like I was sitting at the real classroom even though it`s online [...]

I benefited a lot during this seminar. [...] I received a lot of valuable feedbacks about giving talks on stage. I would strongly recommend you to attend this seminar. You will never regret this decision!

Nan Zhang , PhD Student, University of Tübingen - Participant of 2-days Online Presentation Skills Seminar
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