The Language of Conference/Research Presentations


In this 6-hour program, participants learn to communicate their research and its implications to diverse audiences both in academia and industry. Participants have an opportunity to practice techniques, to organize presentations, respond to questions from peers during Q&A sessions, and emphasize the key contributions of their research. 


By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • present with confidence
  • explain data and important findings from their research to diverse audiences.

What to expect

Completion of the workshop involves participation in two components:

  • Part 1: attending a lecture on effective strategies for presentations
  • Part 2: delivering a 10-minute presentation in small groups.

Participants who complete both components will receive a certificate of completion.

Program Information

Upcoming Sessions

Spring Session - Starts April 2, 2019


International and new resident graduate students, international postdoctoral scholars


Registration Instructions

  1. Login to CareerCentral using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section and select Event Calendar.
  3. Search for and select the event you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  4. Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  5. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 

If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please consult our help guide or contact


Typically offered each year in Fall, Winter, and Summer.

Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation


Applies to following certificates

Western Certificate in Academic and Professional Communication

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“Socializing at Conferences was particularly useful since we learned how to introduce and present ourselves in quick and effective way. Concept of the "elevator speech" was very useful and nicely explained. Further, the idea of putting the limitations of research in the presentation and therefore reducing the number of difficult and tricky questions was also something new that I learned.”

“Watching the video made me realize things that I did with my body or ways I spoke that I didn't realize before. I am now able to use this feedback to improve my presentations in the future. Thanks for everything - a great course! :)”

“I learned how to organized my presentation and how to transfer and connect slides. I also realize how important is to talk in low context rather than high context.”

“It was so useful hearing and watching the others’ presentations and getting individualized feedback on my own presentation. I had the chance to practice all the research presentation principles that were explained on the first day of the workshop.”