Improving your presentation skills: a video-training workshop for young geographers

Organisers: Joos Droogleever Fortuijn (The Netherlands), Joop van der Schee (The Netherlands)


This workshop is a joint initiative of the Executive Committee of the IGU and the Commission on Geographical Education with the aim to improve the skills of young geographers in teaching and presenting research outcomes. The Executive Committee aims to focus more on academic teaching in geography and to stimulate young geographers to participate in IGU activities.

Stimulating young academic geographers to engage in IGU activities is a priority of the IGU Executive Committee in 2012-2016. Many young academic geographers are employed mainly or exclusively in teaching geography. The IGU is supporting early career geographers in developing their skills in academic teaching. Young and early career geographers are invited to participate in this workshop.

The aim of this video workshop is to improve the presentation skills and to broaden the repertoire of presentation techniques of early career geographers. Each participant in the workshop will give a mini lecture of 10 minutes. The mini lecture will be videotaped and evaluated by a senior member of IGU with a focus on content, structure, verbal presentation, non-verbal behavior and visualization (Powerpoint or other visualization techniques).

Finally, we will explore and discuss new ideas and initiatives of the IGU for early career development, such as tutorials/mentoring, workshops on early career development, lectures and paper sessions on academic teaching, facilitating twinnings between individuals or between departments or initiating MA and PhD research projects on academic teachers and teaching in geography.


Each workshop session will have a maximum of 8 participants. The workshop sessions will be led by Tineke Beneker (Utrecht University), Joos Droogleever Fortuijn (University of Amsterdam), Michael Solem (AAG) and Joop van der Schee (Utrecht University). One workshop session takes 2 conference time slots. There will be 4 workshop sessions organized, maximum 32 persons can participate:

19.08.2014 - session 1 (9:00-12:30), session 2 (15:30-19:00)

20.08.2014 - session 3 (9:00-12:30), session 4 (15:30-19:00)

Contact persons:

Joos Droogleever Fortuijn
Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies University of Amsterdam
Plantage Muidergracht 14 1018 TV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Joop van der Schee
Department of Geography, Geography for Education and Communication, Utrecht University.
Vijverhoef 34, 1081 AX Amsterdam, The Netherlands