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Divan: Communication Skills for the Biosciences

Review activities

The following activities support chapters 10, 11, and 13 of the book and allow you to practise your ability to identify good and bad features in the use of PowerPoint presentations, scientific figures and tables, and abstracts. Once you have reviewed the examples you can view examples of best practice.

Chapter 10 - Writing an abstract
Activity 1: Writing strong research abstracts
The aim of this activity is to develop your ability to write concise and comprehensive abstracts of your research findings

Chapter 11 - Preparing tables and figures
Activity 2: Preparing high-quality figures and tables
The aim of this activity is to provide training in preparing high-quality figures and tables of your research data.

Chapter 13 - Delivering effective oral presentations
Activity 3: How good are your PowerPoint slides?
The aim of this activity is to provide training in preparing high-quality PowerPoint slides to support the delivery of an oral presentation.