From dull data to neat narrative: Constructing PowerPoint presentations through story framing and slide design

Thursday, September 3, 2020, at 11 am (Eastern Time)

Many university students will give an oral presentation at a science conference sometime during their undergraduate or graduate years. PowerPoint typically is used for such presentations, yet students often do not receive training on how to construct an engaging story and complementary slides with this program.

Are you planning on giving an oral presentation at an upcoming meeting? This webinar will familiarize you with the basics of creating a good PowerPoint presentation, including both composing the research story and crafting the slides.


This webinar will provide an overview of the two main parts of a PowerPoint presentation, i.e., the overall story and the slides. Several example PowerPoint presentations will be used throughout the webinar to demonstrate these design suggestions in practice.


In this webinar, Lisa McDonald will be covering the following areas:

  • The importance of both narrative and aesthetics in presentation design
  • How to frame your story
  • How to compose your slides

Lisa McDonald is Associate Editor and Science Writer at The American Ceramic Society. Prior to this position, McDonald worked at the American Institute of Physics: FYI and the ATLAS Experiment at CERN.

She has a master’s in science communication and specializes in communicating science to nonspecialist audiences through a variety of written and visual mediums, including blogs, infographics, and posters.

She has given presentations on the importance of science careers outside the laboratory, such as in science policy and science education, including at the APS March 2018 meeting.


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If you have any questions, please contact Yolanda Natividad.

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