2023-2024 / STRA0045-1

Training in scientific communication


10h Th, 30h Mon. WS

Number of credits

 Bachelor in biology3 crédits 


Monique Carnol, Loïc Michel


Monique Carnol

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

In most scientific professions, communication is an essential task. Indeed, scientists publish their research results (in oral or written form), write reports, prepare research proposals, summarise information, etc. This course focuses on two essential means of communication: oral presentation and poster presentation. After a theoretical introduction, each student presents a seminar and a poster based on a recent scientific paper which they can select among a panel of papers related to topics taught in the different courses of the section.


As part of your university education, you can legally dispose of the materials made available to you (pdf Power Points, videos, podcasts, etc.) protected by copyright. These materials are intended only to be used by students as part of their studies at the University of Liège. No other use or distribution is authorized, under penalty of constituting a violation of the law of June 30, 1994 relating to copyright. If the resources were to be freely accessible on the web, the person responsible would be exposed to legal proceedings.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, students will have learned how to:

- prepare an oral presentation
- prepare clear, efficient, and attractive slides
- prepare a poster
- develop critical thinking with regard to scientific literature

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The knowledge of PowerPoint (or equivalent software) is an advantage.

Understanding English is essential, as scientific papers are published in English.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, analyses of posters, preparation of an oral and a poster presentation.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course is organised during the 2nd quadrimester. Theoretical lectures (3 half days) are followed by student presentations.
Student's presence is compulsory for theoretical lectures, a minimum of 3 presentation sessions and the poster session (attendance will be recorded).

Recommended or required readings

PowerPoint slides and complementary readings will be available in pdf format (online learning platform eCampus).
An international scientific publication (10-14 pages, in english), selected by the student from an exhaustive list, will have to be read and analysed.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Out-of-session test(s)

Other : Oral and poster presentation

Additional information:

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Out-of-session test(s)

Additional information:

The assessment is based on the students' seminars (oral + poster), and the participation to the discussions during the seminars given by the other students.

This assessment is the one that will be considered for the first session. So there is no examination in JMay-June.
In case of fail, student will be asked, for the second session, to do the same work on another scientific paper.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The student must be available on 6,7,8/2/2024 pm; and from 19/3 to 29/3/2024 pm

Students have the opportunity to present their seminar in English, in collaboration with the course LANG0082-1 english 3. They can also search their article and additional resources during the course DOCU0033-2 Training in the exploitation of documentary resources or ou  DOCU0460-1 Training in the exploitation of documentary resources (mise à niveau).

The articles are chosen by the students during the first quadrimestre. They are invited to read the article to check that it is appropriate before the first class.

Improvements are made to the course each year based on the evolution of knowledge, and formal and informal feedback from students.



Office: by appointment only (contact by email, discussion forum eCampus, phone, before/after lectures)

Monique CARNOL, Professor : Tel. 04/3663845 (bureau) ; E-mail : m.carnol@uliege.be (Écologie Végétale et Microbienne, Institut de Botanique, B22, Chemin de la vallée 4, 4000 Liège, Belgique)

Loïc MICHEL, Assistant Professor: E-mail: loic.michel@uliege.be (Systématique et Diversité animale, B6c , allée de la Chimie, 3, 4000 Liège).

Association of one or more MOOCs

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