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Workshop 1: "Academic Writing and Presentation"

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09.04.2014 - 11.04.2014
Bergische Universität Wuppertal


The presentation training will be given by Ric Oquita. Ric Oquita is a published and produced writer and playwright and a classically trained actor and dancer. As a Teacher and Teaching Artist, Ric Ocquita has over 30 years experience working with students and groups of all ages.

The seminar provides participants the opportunity to perfect their public-speaking skills. Constructive feedback from the trainer and group members as well as videotaping give the speaker a healthy amount of input while perfecting public-speaking skills. Participants will be required to prepare a 3 to 5 minute pitch or overview of their work incorporating also the use of a slide. This will provide a basis for applying the practical aims of the workshop. Throughout the one-day workshop, participants will be guided through interactive exercises to improve nonverbal communication, improve the ability to listen and react generously, and to integrate focusing techniques which empower the speaker. Attention will be given to breath and speech patterns, to strengthen both the ease and clarity of the speaker. Exercises include relaxation, intonation, pronunciation, tempo, and text analysis.

The training in academic writing will be given by Dr. Andrew Davis. He is ecologist, working at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology Jena. Dr. Davis has large experience as trainer for scientific writing.

The seminar covers the process of writing and publishing in its entirety, starting from the reasons for writing, choosing a journal, ethics of publication, and planning when and what to write. The course goes systematically through each section of a standard paper showing what they should contain, how they should be structured, and how they should be linked together. The style of language and techniques of concentrating the message in the text will be shown. Thereafter, the seminar deals with submission procedures, who are editors and referees (and how to deal with them), responding to rejections of various kinds, what to do after acceptance, proof reading, copyright, and publicizing the publication.

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