Scientific Presentation and Communication (SE)

Course Details


Miriam Kathleen Carter
Robert Sablatnig




Seminar (SE)




183.502 SE2: Scientific Presentation and Communication, Elective Course for all Bachelor and master Studies of Computer Science

This seminar is given in English by Miriam Kathleen Carter (native American) and Robert Sablatnig in winter and summer terms.

Motivation for the Course

Both written and oral communication is crucial in most graduate jobs, whether in the commercial or the scientific sector. The successful presentation of one’s work depends on well-developed communication skills. In the more specific context of international scientific conferences, many more papers and presentations would be accepted if how they were presented were improved.

Aims and Objectives

This course aims to improve students’ performance in developing and organizing ideas and in preparing effective documents and talks. The focus is specifically on scientific communication, which refers to presenting scientific results and hypotheses in the primary scientific literature, in other kinds of reviews and popular literature, and as talks at conferences.

The purpose of this course is to help students communicate ideas better and learn scientific communication skills.
The main aims are:

  • to improve communication skills
  • to concentrate on scientific communication, both written and oral
  • to learn about how scientific communication is performed at workshops, conferences, and in journals.

Further goals include training graduate and PhD students on how to

  • access information about different topics, such as research results, conferences, etc., in paper-based publications and on the WWW
  • to write cv’s, abstracts, extended abstracts, and articles for acceptance at international conferences and publications (both about language and contents)
  • to review and assess submissions to scientific conferences.


Topics include discussion and review of different kinds of publications such as theses, articles, survey articles, books, abstracts, etc.
Writing exercises (dealing with content and language) will include the students’ own CVs, abstracts, extended abstracts, and papers.