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How to make an impactful science presentation?

Dr. Muniba Faiza

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How to make an impactful science presentation?

After your hard work, it is time to showcase your study and the methods of your study to an audience. You must make every point useful and informative. Here, in this article, we are going to share some tips to make your scientific presentation impactful.

1. Sketch out your work

Generally, scientific studies are long, so it’s difficult to remember every step you performed during your entire study. Therefore, it is good to draw a rough sketch or flowchart of your entire study at first. That way, you will have a good idea of what you have performed in methods and what you have got as the output of your study.

2. Find key points

Find the key points from your sketch such as methods, results, and conclusion. It will help you to lay the outline of your study.

3. Always have a rich content

It is a must that you have rich content for your presentation. If you have good content then your presentation will look really informative. All you would have to do is to arrange the content in an appropriate manner.

4. Outline

Make one of the initial slides showing the outline of your presentation. It should contain the points you are going to explain in further slides.

5. Arrangement of key points and their content

Arrange all main topics in a consistent manner. For example, at first, give a brief introduction about your topic of interest. It could be an enzyme or a disease or a drug, etc. Present the key features associated with your topic. For instance, what it is? What are its properties? How does it function? or if it’s a disease, how it can be transmitted, and so on. After that, mention what are the main findings that have been made so far about your topic of interest. Further, highlight the limitations or what is required to be studied or what is the need of the hour. It is important that you clarify in the initial slides why is your study relevant. It would be good if you make a separate slide for that. You can also entitle it as “Relevance of this study” or something similar to that.

When you are finished with that part, describe the methods you have used in this study. How did you perform your experiments, what tools/software you have utilized, and so on. But don’t go into many details, just mention the important part.

After methods, explain your results. While you are explaining the results, always keep in mind to make them thorough. If you have several findings, then make sure you present them in the correct order.

Further, explain your main findings that are your conclusion part. Highlight what novel things you have found, what is the contribution of your study, what are the applications of your work, and how is it relevant to other fields of science (if any).

6. Point-to-point

Never write your sentences too long in a slide. It should not be like you are reading these sentences from the projector like a book reading. It is considered a bad presentation. Always keep them short. These points are shown in a slide just to grab the attention of your audience and they help you remember the main points. You explain them verbally.

7. Present like a story

Present your work as a beautiful story from beginning to end. That will interest your audience when you tell everything you have done and found as a story. It will automatically create links between your methods and results.

8. Figures & illustrations

Try to present your methods and results as flowcharts and figures. If you have already published any paper on your study, then it is not necessary that you have to utilize published figures only. Create new figures if required according to your presentation. Displaying your findings and methodology as figures interests the audience.

9. References

Always remember to cite references of previous work you have mentioned in your presentation. You can either show them as footnotes or make a separate slide at the end of your presentation. However, the former way is more impactful.

10. Publications

Mention all publications of your work, if you have published any.

11. Acknowledgements

Say special thanks to your supervisor, co-supervisor, colleagues, and family and friends who have helped you academically and morally throughout your work.

12. Thank you slide

It is good if say thanks to your audience in the end. It is a nice gesture to show them respect for spending time listening to you throughout the presentation.

13. Comments

Don’t get disheartened if you hear any negative comments. Always take the comments of the judges in a positive way. They are there to help you improve your work. As they are way more experienced in your field of study, therefore, they will point out the shortcomings that you may have left during your study. Add those things to your work or thesis.


Dr. Muniba is a Bioinformatician based in New Delhi, India. She has completed her PhD in Bioinformatics from South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China. She has cutting edge knowledge of bioinformatics tools, algorithms, and drug designing. When she is not reading she is found enjoying with the family. Know more about Muniba

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CMake installation and upgrade: What worked & what didn’t?!

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CMake installation and upgrade: What worked & what didn’t?!

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Common mistakes made during computational docking.

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How to download FASTA sequences from PDB for multiple structures?

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How to install the LigAlign plugin on Pymol on Ubuntu (Linux)?

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Basic bioinformatics concepts to learn for beginners

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A Beginner’s Guide on How to Write Good Manuscripts

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How to remove HETATMS and chains from PDB file?

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This is a basic tutorial on removing the hetero-atoms (HETATMS) and chains from PDB files. It is an essential step for computational and molecular dynamics simulation. (more…)

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Importance of reasoning in research

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How to Find Binding Pocket/ Binding Site for Docking?

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Finding binding sites/pockets in a target protein is one of the important steps in docking studies. It is relatively easier to find a binding pocket in the proteins whose resolved structures are available in PDB than that of the predicted structures. In this article, we will discuss the ways to know a binding pocket or a binding site in a target protein. (more…)

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Careers in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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Bioinformatics is an interesting field of research combining biological sciences and computer sciences. In this article, we will discuss making careers in bioinformatics for starters. (more…)

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Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation is considered amongst the important methods in bioinformatics. Installation of MD simulation software and execution of their commands is critical. It requires several parameters to be considered before performing simulations. A single mistake may result in impractical outputs. In this article, we will discuss such important things to remember during the MD simulation and installation and execution of its software (GROMACS) [1,2]. (more…)

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List of Bioinformatics Books for Beginners

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List of Bioinformatics books for beginners

It is difficult to decide which book to read to start learning bioinformatics. Beginners can read this article to know the basic steps involved in learning bioinformatics. A few books are suggested in this article to read for starters in bioinformatics. (more…)

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Bioinformatics- Where & How to Start?

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How to start with Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics being an interdisciplinary area of biological science and computer science may sound complicated to beginners in this field. However, it is quite simple. The only thing you need is knowledge in both areas. Here is a way for the beginners to start with bioinformatics. (more…)

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Common mistakes made during Autodock Vina Installation and Execution

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mistakes & errors during autodock vina installation and execution

Several errors occur while installing MGLTools and Autodock Vina on Ubuntu. We have explained the complete process of Autodock Vina installation and docking in previous articles. Here are some common errors and mistakes that should be taken care of while installing and running Vina on Ubuntu. (more…)

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What does a bioinformatician do?

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Bioinformaticians play an important part in data analysis and result interpretation in the field of bioinformatics. However, it is unclear to many what specific role bioinformaticians play day to day. We are often asked by many about what exactly a bioinformatician does. But first, who is a bioinformatician?

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MGL Tools & Autodock Vina installation: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

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I have received several e-mails from researchers and students alike regarding installing MGL Tools and Autodock Vina on Ubuntu. Most questions are similar in nature, so I thought of answering them once and for all. In this article, I have collected some frequently asked questions and provided the link to their answers in our question-answer section of Bioinformatics Review. (more…)

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A guide on how to read the research articles

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There are various things which come to mind when someone is going to enter in the field of Bioinformatics and the topmost concern is “Do I need to learn computer languages to pursue my career in Bioinformatics?”. The answer is a bit tricky but it could be both “yes” and “no”. This article will describe the conditions where you need to learn programming languages in Bioinformatics. (more…)

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Site-specific docking: Frequently Asked Questions & answers for starters

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I have been getting several E-mails from researchers and students alike regarding in-silico docking. Most questions are similar in nature, so I thought of answering them once and for all. In this article, I have collected some frequently asked questions and provided the link to their answers present in our question-answer section of Bioinformatics Review.

It is good to have questions in mind and they can be solved in a way as quoted by Sir Einstein:

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

In this article, I have collected some of the most Frequently Asked Questions while performing site-specific and/ or blind docking. You have to consider a lot of factors before performing an actual docking on a protein with a specific ligand.

Question: How do you predict protein’s binding sites? 

Question:  What is the difference between the blind docking and binding site based docking?

  
 
 
Second thing, if I have to find the distance between a ligand and any residue in the receptor molecule. Do I have to take the central atom distances or minimum distance between any two atoms of the ligand and receptor molecule can be considered ?? 
 
   
If these are not the questions you are looking for, then feel free to ask in our ‘Bioinformatics Discussion‘ section or write to [email protected].
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