Register now for r4d Skills Storytelling webinars

Storytelling in a pitch: The r4d programme encourages young scientists to reach out to academics as well as non-academics by communicating research insights in an engaging and enjoyable manner.

Explaining an idea in a short and convincing way is the means of film directors or start-ups to find investors. ‘Pitching’ is increasingly used by scientists to communicate complex research to a broader audience.

The r4d programme wants to motivate young scientists to reach out to academics as well as non-academics by communicating their research insights in an engaging and enjoyable manner. It has recently launched a call for three-minute video pitches (PDF), which is open to PhD candidates of r4d projects.

To support you in preparing a video pitch, the r4d programme organises a series of Storytelling webinars. Within a short time you can learn how to create your story and how to deliver it (without using PowerPoint). See also our r4d Skills Storytelling webinars flyer (PDF).

Webinar in three steps

  1. Story planning sheet: To be submitted one week before the training course takes place
  2. 1-hour training course (max. 10 participants): 1) Review of story planning sheet, 2) Introduction in pyramide principle, 3) Q&A on the topic presentation
  3. 1-hour coaching (max. 3 participants): Live pitch with feedback, tips & tricks

Webinar dates

The webinars are organised on four different dates and at different times in order to enable participation from all continents. The online tools will be easily accessible for all users.

  • 25 June 2019, 9-10 (CET)
  • 4 July 2019, 17-18 (CET)
  • 12 Nov 2019, 9-10 (CET)
  • 21 Nov 2019, 17-18 (CET)

Participation and Registration

All PhD candidates of a running or a completed r4d project are invited to participate in a r4d Skills Storytelling webinar. The PhD thesis is still in progress or has already been defended. In case there are free spaces after the respective deadline, other members of an r4d project can register. We will keep a waiting list for interested persons.

The participation in a webinar is free of charge.

Please register by sending an email to External Link Iconuntil two weeks before the webinar you would like to attend. As the number of participants per webinar is limited to 10, we apply the first-come-first-serve rule.

  • Webinar 25 June: 11 June 2019
  • Webinar 4 July:  20 June 2019
  • Webinar 12 November: 29 October 2019
  • Webinar 21 November: 8 November 2019

Your trainer and coach

Kathrin Puhan-Henz is the founder of you advance GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland. She has a master's degree in history, complemented by an MBA. After spending several years in large financial institutions as a senior project manager and as a product manager, she has been working as a consultant in communication strategy for the last few years. Kathrin's mission is to help people in designing and delivering effective meetings and presentations. She is an experienced ThinkStoryline!© coach, a concept pulished in The Art of Developing and Delivering Convincing Presentations (Alexis Puhan, skillbuild inc. publishing) and she teaches presentation delivery in several certified advanced study programmes.