IGEM:Harvard/2006/Presentation Advice

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General Points

  • If you want to get your message through, you should state it loud and clear in the beginning, and repeat it at the end.
  • The best approach, however, is to divide your presentation in several parts, each ended by an intermediate conclusion
  • Remember that a scientific presentation is not a detective story which is solved in the last moment.
  • You might have tested two or three closely related hypotheses, but they should all revolve around the same single point.


  • The faculty work on unrelated projects all week, so they need a refresher on the general scientific challenges you are facing. Detailed information can and should follow, but first lay out the underlying scientific generally before delving into the details.
  • If you can't think of any broad scientific questions that underly the previous week's work, you probably should go back and rethink what you're doing. It's easy to start following a schedule/protocol and then forget the big picture.

Advice quoted from [1] [2]