10 am - 5 pm


Lorraine Mannion

Number of participants

7 to 12


SR 019, Universitätsplatz 1, Universitätshauptgebäude (Seminarraum)


English or German

Target audience

PhD students

Participation fee

138,00 €

Course description

­­­­Presenting research results at conferences or at work-in-progress meetings is a key component of doctoral research. Indeed translating one’s research from the written to the oral medium, i.e. compressing a substantial research paper into a short talk, is often one of the main challenges facing PhD students. While written material can be reread, oral material cannot be re-heard. Therefore it is important that both the delivery and volume of material are appropriate to the given setting and that the language used communicates well orally.

The aim of this two-day workshop is to promote an understanding of what makes a ‘good’ presentation and to translate this understanding into individual presentations. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to give a 10-minute presentation on their own research topic, which will subsequently be refined using both peer and instructor feedback. Presentation skills covered include structuring a presentation, sign-posting, handling questions, rhetorical techniques, as well as improving one’s overall fluency. Participants will benefit from intensive interaction with other participants.


Information about the lecturer

Lorraine Mannion is from Ireland and studied "Interpreting and Translating French/German/Italian" at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland and the University of East Anglia, England. She also studied English Philology, North American Studies and Philosophy at the Free University Berlin as part of a Magister Artium degree. She has been working as an adjunct lecturer in English at various universities in Berlin since 2000 and regularly holds seminars throughout Germany on Academic Writing, Intercultural Communication, and Presenting Skills. She is a certified translator/interpreter for the Berlin notaries and courts and also has extensive experience working as a trainer and translator with various research institutes throughout Germany.

Conditions for participation

Members of the Graduate Academy can use their virtual member budget to cover the course fees. The registration for the workshop is binding. Our conditions for participation apply.