The Language of Conference Presentations


In this 8-hour program, participants learn to communicate their research and its implications through a poster and a research presentation to diverse audiences both in academia and industry. Participants have an opportunity to practice techniques to organize presentations, use data visualization, 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
  • apply strategies to engage in networking during a conference.

What to expect

Completion of the workshop involves participation in two components:

  • Part 1: attending three lessons on effective strategies for presentations and a panel on discipline specific research presentations
  • Part 2: delivering a poster presentation and a 10-minute conference presentation.

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

Program Information

Upcoming Sessions

No sessions are scheduled at present.


International and new resident graduate students, international postdoctoral scholars


Registration and deposit Instructions

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and select the event you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  3. Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  4. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 
  5. Submit your $20 deposit (cash or cheque only) to the CTL to complete your registration and secure your spot in the program. The CTL is typically open Monday - Friday, 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.

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.”