Presentation design

A practical guide to design science presentations that engage & inspire

Improve your science presentation and stand out from the crowd with the best presentation design at any conference.

This practical book – by scientists, for scientists – helps you get rid of slides full of data and present with clarity instead.

  • Develop a clear goal and message that sticks until long after you wrap up.

  • Write a story that keeps the audience engaged instead of asleep.

  • Design better slides that communicate effectively, with PowerPoint or any other software.

  • Get new presentation ideas for graphs, tables and data slides without chart junk.

  • With real-life examples of good and bad slides.

Get the ebook in combination with the design package that includes a fully customizable PowerPoint template and instructions so you can create your presentation in minutes!

An ebook that helps you tell a story about science

Scientific articles are rarely very smooth reading material. That’s why we propose a new way of building your story – one that fits the medium of a presentation! We will walk you through this with various presentation techniques, so that you end up with an amazing science presentation that sticks and clicks with any audience.

We collaborated with the Online Scientist for a series of presentations for an online event about a scientific innovation project. The team at the Online Scientist was very hands on and helpful with both the design and content of the presentations. We now have clear and to-the-point slides on a very scientific topic, making the presentations more impactful.”

Sophia Rehn, EUFIC

Practical tips on how to improve your slides – with examples!

A lot of science presentations are based on scientific papers. And of course it’s good to have a solid basis for what you are saying. But it’s distracting to copy and paste entire tables with descriptions onto slides! In this ebook you will learn how to present data in a visually attractive and easy-to-grasp way – with examples.

For my farewell address at Wageningen University I wanted to give a presentation that would not only be interesting for colleagues but also for family and friends. I asked The Online Scientist to help me make a crystal clear presentation, and they suggested to use a timeline and very clear, self-explanatory titles. This meant a totally different approach for me, but we did it and the result was astonishing. I want to give The Online Scientist a lot of compliments for their outspoken opinion on how to make a presentation, but also for their capacity to listen and for the way they work with their clients.”

Prof. Daan Kromhout, Emeritus professor Wageningen University

You will learn graphic design 101

While a good science presentation builds upon a great story with clear slides, it also needs simple things like readability and contrast. Therefore, part of the ebook will show you how to create your own clear style, so you can stand out with a science presentation that has uniform images and a unique but readable font. Because design can be tricky, we added a lot of real life examples too!

It has been a very instructive and enjoyable job to get this farewell speech together. I thank Liesbeth and Stephan for the support, inspiration and help they offered. I received a lot of praise for the presentation, both about the content and the visualization. The overall picture was impressive according to many. Thank you for the pleasant and inspiring collaboration.”

prof. dr. René Bindels, Radboudumc

The authors

I’ve never seen a more beautiful presentation than the presentation by Liesbeth. She has a talent for design, and she knows how to make beautiful, clear and powerful slides. In addition, Liesbeth is a top performer in the field of presentation. She speaks enthusiastically about her expertise. She gives lots of examples, clear advice and knows how to present complex matters in an attractive way.

Marloes Ten Kate, presentation coach
Headshot Liesbeth Smit Wetenschapscommunicatie The Online Scientist

Liesbeth Smit

I make science sexy and want to help researchers create more impact with their work. That’s why I taught myself design and web development during my research and PhD in nutrition science at Harvard School of Public Health and VU University.

Since founding The Online Scientist in 2012, I’ve created over 150 websites and dozens of infographics, animated video and e-learning courses for researchers all over the world. My goal is to make their research output more user-friendly and intuitive with interactive designs that puts a smile on your face.

Stephan van Duin Wetenschapscommunicatie The Online Scientist

Stephan van Duin

I started in science communication right after graduating as a biologist, and I now commit myself to improving the discipline of science communication or ‘scicomm’ even further. Not only by working for scientists and giving workshops, but also as co-chairman of the Dutch science communication association SciCom NL. One of my goals is to connect the practice of scicomm to the academic research.

My vision is that both science and society can benefit from clear science communication when it’s done the right way.