Course Details

Understanding the Components of an Effective Scientific Presentation

This course teaches the strengths and limitations of slide presentations and how to articulate a scientific narrative.  Presentation creation is an important part of the research process.  When done properly, it pushes the researcher to determine which data are critical, how that data fits into a broader context, the sources of error and uncertainty, and what additional data is needed.  Effective presentation delivery allows scientists from diverse disciplines to make substantive comments on your work.

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Course Author

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Instructor: Dave Rubenson, Director,

Dave Rubenson is director of the scientific communications firm  Prior to this he served as Associate Director for Administration and Strategic Planning at the Stanford Cancer Institute, Director of Special Projects at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, and as a strategic planning consultant to the UCLA Brain Research Institute.  He also spent 20 years working at the intersection of science and public policy at the RAND Corporation where he received formal training in presentation techniques.  He has written extensively on issues related to scientific presentations and communication.  He has an M.S. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from UCLA.

Course Overview

Duration: 1 hour


  • Understand the strengths and limitations of a slide presentation
  • Learn how to avoid “data dump” and instead articulate a scientific narrative
  • Effectively manage the challenges facing the listening audience
  • Develop a strategy that utilizes the scientific narrative and is sensitive to the audience’s challenges

Certificate of Completion

  • Earn 1 PDH

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