Diana Communication Training

The Student Conference in Science and Technology

The Student Conference in Science and Technology will take place on Wednesday October  4  13.00-15 in EBC. At the conference students from the faculty of science and technology make presentations and receive feedback. The conference starts with presentations by two invited speakers.

Welcome to register as a speaker, feedback providor or audience! Register no later than September 13  (speaker) or  September 24 (feedback providor or audience).

Invited speakers are

Olle Mattson, professor in chemistry who will talk on Poisonous molecules - harmful but useful
"Poisonous plants and animals have historically had a great impact on hunting, fishing, and protecting food from vermins. Poisons have also been highly popular to use in homicide, suicide, and war - as recently in Syria. Additionally, many poisonous substances are useful in medicinal applications and research. In this lecture, I will discuss both well-known and unique poisonous molecules and their ties to our cultural history."

Hemin Kyoi, professor in earth sciences geologi who will talk on Plate tectonics: The dance of the giants
 "In this talk, I will be outlining some elementary aspects of plate tectonics before getting deeper into what makes these gigantic plates move. We will be duelling on a couple of different ideas which have been proposed as the driving engine of plate tectonics and give arguments for and against them. Even though the plates we are standing on are moving, come and observe; the lecture room will be stationary."

The Science Conference

The student conference is a part of the communications training at the faculty. Apart from the opportunity to participate in an exciting conference you get a chance to give a presentation in front of a larger audience. As a participant the conference offers you a broadend perspective of science and the chance for networking and contacts between disciplines. 

Give a presentation

After the keynote speaker the students will take the floor and give presentations on different scientific subjects. All students are welcome to give a 15 min presentation and the conference is one of the best opportunities you can find to practice talking in front of a large audience. Take the opportunity to practice the skill that employers value as one of the most important one an employee can have. If you want to give a presentation, read more under "To give a presentation" below.

Give feedback

You can also contribute by being a feedback provider to one or several of the speakers. By giving valuable positive and constructive comments on their presentations you help them improve and at the same time practice your own skill to give and reflect on feedback.

Should you participate by both giving a presentation and giving feedback (not necessarily during the same year) you will be given a certificate of your participation which can be a valuable addition to your CV.

Naturally, all are most welcome to listen regardless of if you are a speaker or not.

Register to the conference

All participants must register for the conference. Register here.

Previous conferences

To give a presentation

Giving a presentation at the Student Conference is to give a 15 minute presentation in front of a larger audience of about 100 persons. The presentation may be about any scientific subject of your choice and the only limitation is that everybody in the audience should be able to understand, which means giving the presentation at a level which is common for all science students, regardless of if it is biology or physics.

Presentations may be held in Swedish or English, whichever you prefer. You usually have a bigger toolbox of techniques when giving a presentation in the language you have the most experience with but depending on your goals whichever language may be suitable.

When giving an oral presentation there are a lot of things that you may want to consider to make the presentation as good as possible. Click on "Oral presentations" in the menu to the left to get som basic help.

You may also contact us who work with the communication training via e-mail (diana@ibg.uu.se) to get coaching before and after your presentation.

Giving feedback

As a feedback provider at the Student Conference you have a responsibility to give constructive as well as positive feedback to the speaker you have been assigned. Because it probably is the first time the speaker gives a presentation in front of such a large audience the person giving feedback need to help the speaker develop in this rather special context. Regardless of level of expertise giving presentations you can always become better. And it is here you as a feedback provider comes in.

To be able to give focused and well balanced feedback to help someone improve is a skill all in its own. You can use the forms provided in DiaNa to get points of reference when giving feedback. The most important thing though, is to give feedback from your own perspective.

To better prepare yourself for your role as a feedback provider click on "Feedback" in the menu to the left, or contact us (diana@ibg.uu.se) for a personal session.