Inspire with clear presentations

Science presented with impact

In this presentation training, you will master the art of making your science accessible. You will learn how to create well-structured stories and to connect with your audience.  So your knowledge can create true impact!

Dates: Tuesday, October 10th + Tuesday, October 24th 2023
The training consists of one full-day session and one half-day session in Amsterdam in a small group to ensure adequate time and attention for each individual. 

Do you want to present your science in an accessible and inspiring way?

Scientific research serves as the foundation for knowledge development, but its impact is only realized when its findings are successfully communicated. This is especially true beyond one’s own field, such as at conferences, interdisciplinary seminars, and within multidisciplinary research consortia. Some knowledge must even transcend the boundaries of the scientific arena to ensure that recommendations and best practices find their way into society. However, this presents a challenge for many scientists: how can you effectively present your insights to those outside their niche, such as politicians, business leaders, or social organizations?

This program offers a way to discover the secrets of effective presentations for different audiences and to learn how to make your research resonate both within and outside your field. You will learn how to captivate a room full of non-specialists with your research results and encourage them to look beyond their own disciplines. This will enable them to listen attentively during your presentation and ask interested questions afterward. When this happens, interesting connections can be made, innovative research can be initiated, and scientific breakthroughs can be achieved. In short, you will learn how to present science with impact.

This requires a well-structured story, one that is interesting, surprising, or even exciting to your audience. You must know how to make your story relevant to them while being aware of your own goals. You must also be able to connect with your audience, make them willing and curious, and be able to play with their expectations and entice them to interact.

During this open training, presented by Marloes ten Kate, a presentation coach, biologist, presenter, and former science journalist, you will learn these and other techniques for presenting science with impact.

Program summary:

Day 1 (morning + afternoon): Compose your story

Based on your own case, you compose your own impactful story:

  • Structure: make your story coherent, clear, and understandable;
  • Engagement: attract attention and create a suspenseful narrative
  • Relevance: make your story relevant to your audience.

Preparation for day 2: Prepare your presentation: create the slides and know the content of your story.

Day 2 (half-day): Present with confidence

With Marloes, you will work on your personal presentation style, make effective use of your qualities as a speaker, and work on your voice and posture. You will learn to establish and maintain contact with your audience and effectively engage with them. You will learn how to tell your story in a relaxed, purposeful, and self-confident manner.

Practical details and costs:

For whom: Scientists and researchers who want to present complex concepts in an accessible and inspiring manner.
Language: English
Dates: Tuesday, October 10th and Tuesday, October 24th.
Location: De Monchy & Bakker, Haparandaweg E4, Amsterdam
Costs: €1050 per participant (excluding 21% VAT, price included is € 1270,50)
Group size: To ensure adequate time and attention for each individual, the group size is limited to a maximum of 10 people on the first day and 5 on the second (half) day.

This training is a collaboration between Take the Stage and De Monchy & Bakker.
The training will take place at the office of De Monchy & Bakker.

About the trainer

Marloes ten Kate has worked as a science journalist and presenter for national radio and television programs and has trained hundreds of (international) researchers as a presentation coach in the techniques required to prepare and deliver effective presentations. Marloes has served as a lecturer at TU Delft, equipping students with invaluable presentation skills. She is founder of Take the Stage and co-founder of Scientific Storytelling, where she trains scientists in the art of telling a comprehensible and captivating story.

Previous participants were affiliated with institutions such as:

“How to communicate your fab (but complicated) scientific data to your audience? With Marloes her coaching my story became so much clearer! I became much more aware of my message and of the story I wanted to tell. This gave confidence and strength!”

Dr. Katja Wolthers
Clinical virologist consultant and Coordinator Marie Curie ITN consortium Organovir at Amsterdam UMC

“Marloes is brilliant at what she does, a lovely manner with calm and efficient approach to getting the best out of her brief. Marloes, grasped my brief, made delivering my message much better and the end result was a win for all of us and many in the audience too.”

Dr. Bharat Pankhania
Senior Clinical Lecturer at University of Exeter Medical School 

I want more info

If you require additional information to determine if this training is right for you, please email us at

Include ‘More info – October training’ in the subject heading. Please provide some details about your affiliation and subject you work on to get more specific details about what the training can offer you specifically. Provide your phone number if you want Marloes to call you back.

More reactions of former participants:

“I have attended the Presentation Skills for Scientists training with Marloes together with my colleagues from NHL Stenden. It was very hands-on and meaningful. Not only will it save us time, but it also provides us with tools to create more impact with our presentations in the future. Highly recommended!”

Wilbert van den Eijnde
Associate Lecturer at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences

“I attended Marloes’ workshop on how to make the introduction of a presentation, and it was great. The workshop is a two-ways conversation with a lot of exercises starting from the basics and building up to the point in which you present to Marloes and the other participants. I loved that I got to give and receive feedback also from the group.”

Federica Gugole
Data science and modeling at VSL National Metrology Institute

“Marloes helped me to work on a short company pitch/interview. She gave a very strait-to-the-point advice which helped me improve a lot.”

Alexander Kostenko
Founder at Photosynthetic

“Excellent training that provides relevant skills and tips and tricks to use in our daily professional career. I highly recommend attending this to other (business) people!”

Jasper Wittoeck
Internal Auditor at Dow Chemical Company

“It was an amazing experience working with Marloes. As a scientist transformed into an entrepreneur it is not always easy to communicate what we do effectively. Marloes has been of great help helping me prepare for the Dutch Biotechnology Association Conference. Will definitively work with Marloes again in the future!”

Maria Fátima Lucas
Co-founder and CEO at ZYMVOL, computational chemist

“The feedback was unambiguous: Marloes greatly helped the participants to give better talks and to present their science in a cleaner, more confident, and more engaging manner.”

Stephan Formella
Managing Director Science & Research Boehringer Ingelheim