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Did you know that, along with you, nearly 10.000 junior researchers are conducting a
doctoral study in Flanders at the moment? While these researches find their way to
colleagues in the academia through scientific publications and conferences, only a small
amount is brought under the attention of the general public.

Enter the “Science figured out”-project. Through this project Scriptie vzw, organiser of theyearly PhD Cup, wants to teach you how to get non-experts excited about your research ànd help you to convey insights of the doctoral research you are (or have been) working on for years to the general public! Not through an academic lecture, but told as a compelling and comprehensible story for non-peers. A daylong workshop on presentation techniques will help you rise up to the challenge: explain the core of your PhD research in front of a camera of under three minutes.

The “PhD pitch” of the best 8 participants will be recorded and published online. Video
recordings will take place ca. three weeks after the workshop, allowing the selected
researchers to develop and tweak their presentation. Each participant will receive a copy of the book “The Floor is Yours”. 

A. THE WORKSHOP “Pitching your research” by The Floor is Yours

Participants: 12 PhD students/postdocs
Language: English
Duration: full day workshop
When: January 29, 2019 - 9:30-16:30 (sandwich lunch will be provided)
Where: Hasselt University, campus Diepenbeek, building D, room A4

Aim:  the participants learn to give a clear and convincing pitch of their research, tailored to the target audience.

Approach: a combination of theory, practical exercises and inspiring cases. We will be using research examples from the participants themselves, which we will have requested
beforehand and have incorporated in the workshop. The participants will present their own research during this workshop.

The workshop will cover these topics:

  • Structure: how should I build up my pitch? What is the difference between a formal and informal pitch?
  • Attention: how can I make my pitch interesting for my audience?
  • Simple: how can I simplify a complex story for my audience to understand?
  • Body language and voice: how can I best use these to make my message come across?
  • Slides: should I use slides or a different object to draw people’s attention?
  • Camera: how am I to act in front of a camera?

b. THE RECORDINGS “Science figured out” by Storyrunner

Participants: the 8 researchers who are expected to participate in the recordings
Language: English or Dutch (as you prefer)
Duration: 1 ½ hour
When: February 26, 2019
Where: TBD

After the workshop “Pitching your research” all participants will be asked to further develop their pitch. The best 8 researchers will be selected for the video recordings. They will be guided 3 weeks to work on their presentation before pitching in front of the camera. You are free to choose whether you wish to pitch in English or Dutch – the final video will have both English and Dutch subtitles available. Recordings will take place at your university and will be performed by Storyrunner, a video company with a passion for science. The videos will be published on the “Science figured out”-website and social media channels. You will off course receive your video file in HD, free to use.


  • Closed since January 10, 2019.

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: categorie 'research management & communication skills' - workshop aimed at developing ​communication skills
  • DS HLS: category 'transferable skills' - one compulsory elective course
    DS ST: category 'scientific & generic communication' - once course about generic communication