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Scientific presentation skills and career planning

academic year

Course teacher(s)

Farid DAHDOUH-GUEBAS (Coordinator)

ECTS credits


Language(s) of instruction


Course content


This field is too short to provide the full tabel of contents. Only the main sections are given below. Please refer to course website for the details.

1.Scientific proposals:

2. Fieldwork, desk work and analysis in scientific research

3. Writing and layout skills

4. Scientific publication

5. Pre- and post-research presentation and defence skills

6. Academic currencies

7. National and international funding

Objectives (and/or specific learning outcomes)

This course aims at teaching students how to find and select essential scientific information to make a scientific presentation (e.g. preparation of research proposal, writing of an assignment, report or thesis, thesis findings to be presented in an international conference), under which form to present methods and results (text, tabulation, illustration and their content and layout) and how to defend them assertively. It also introduces common standards and practices and explains why it is important to follow them in Sciences. A huge chapter is spent to writing and layout skills and to plagiarism. This course also prepares you for stay within academia (academic career) or for the challenges young graduates face on the employment market (non-academic career).

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Required and Corequired knowledge and skills


Teaching methods and learning activities

  Interactive lectures and discussions

Contribution to the teaching profile

This course contributes to the general formation of scientists in any field. The contribution to the education programme is only available in French and indicated in the French version of the course sheet.

Being very generic, the course is open to all science domains and is highly recommended for students wondering what 'writing a thesis' means, what an 'academic career' is, or what to focus un if they intend to pursue a non-academic career.

The course is also open to PhD students and can be valorised through the Doctoral Schools of ULB and VUB involved.

References, bibliography, and recommended reading

Course entirely based on experience and course material available on the Internet. All information will be given in class.

Other information

Additional information

Certains lectures, exercises, practicals or excursions jointly organised with institutions external to ULB might exceptionnally be organised during weekend or on a public holiday.



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Systems Ecology and Resource Management Research Unit

Unité de Recherche Écologie des Systèmes et Gestion des Ressources

Département de Biologie des Organismes

Faculté des Sciences

Université Libre de Bruxelles - ULB

Campus de la Plaine, (Bureau O3.204)

Avenue F.D. Roosevelt 50, CPi 264/1, B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium.

Tel. ++ 32 2 6502137

E-mail : fdahdouh@ulb.ac.be

URL : http://www.ulb.ac.be/sciences/biocomplexity/


Outside campus ULB, Plaine


Method(s) of evaluation

  • Other


Language(s) of evaluation

  • english