How to write and present scientific results

Silvia Salcuni
Dipartimento di Psicologia dello Sviluppo e della Socializzazione

Tullio Vardanega,
Dept of Mathematics

The main aim of the course is to provide PhD students with a method to communicate and disseminate their research results. Examples of oral presentation and scientific papers in the field of Psychology, Computer Sciences and Neurosciences will be presented and discussed with the students. Through practical exercises and group work, participants will develop the necessary skills to draft and deliver oral presentations and write scientific articles. A variety of tasks will be assigned during the classes, including drafting posters and oral presentations, giving talks, practicing scientific writing and editing.


-Introduction to oral presentation skills (3 hours): Preparing your talk, from drafting to delivery. The structure, style, and timing of oral presentation. The public speaking “to-do-list”
-Training oral presentation skills (3 hours): In this unit students will be invited to prepare and present their talks. Talks will have different purposes and addressees (dissemination to large public, or addressing talks to the scientific community).
-The structure and style of scientific writing (3 hours): Journals guidelines; APA norms; How to write a scientific paper; Examples of good and poor scientific writing
-Practicing scientific writing (3 hours): Drafting: the golden rules of a scientific writer (workgroup assignments); Editing. Editing skills are a fundamental component of scientific writing. In this unit, students will practice their editing skills through in-class assignments

- Paper Revising and Replying to Editors (3 hours) -Response letters (group work)

Course requirements

Examination modality
Students’ achievements will be evaluated through ad hoc in-class presentations and writing exercises.

Course material, enrollment and last-minute notifications
Made available by the teacher at this Moodle address

9 March 2021, 11:00-14:00 (Zoom)
12 March 2021, 9:00-12:00 (Zoom)
19 March 2021, 9:00-12:00 (in presence, classroom 3F-"Psico2" building in via Venezia 12)
23 March 2021, 9:00-12:00 (Zoom)
26 March 2021, 12:30-15:30 (in presence, classroom 2B-"Psico2" building in via Venezia 12)

As described in the schedule above. The link to the Zoom meeting will be porvided in the Moodle page of the course.

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