Why? Would it be…? Could you?
Last Friday the tables were turned. A month earlier, I had gathered all my courage to submit an abstract for an oral presentation at a forensic mass spectrometry symposium. So far I had mainly presented posters at conferences, but this time my supervisor suggested going for an oral presentation. After roughly two years of experience with the English language, I assumed my supervisor meant I HAD to go for an oral presentation. Having just arrived back in the UK, I submitted my abstract as a late submission entry and received the decision quiet quickly:
This meant I had less than a month left to analyse data from my secondment project, prepare a PowerPoint presentation and pack my bags again. Happy to escape the British weather for a long weekend, this was something I was keen to work on. Destination this time: Verona, Italy (sorry no ordinary blog from England as I assured you in my last blog, but one from the lovely city of Romeo and Juliet).
Being introduced as ‘Dr. Valkenburg’, which I had to correct politely of course, I started my presentation. I’m not sure I was successful in conveying the message that I’m still a PhD student however as I was thanked at the end again as Dr. Valkenburg. Nothing to complain about though, as this was accompanied with a nice bottle of red from Venetia:)
At the end of my presentation, the part began which is feared by many presenters: answering questions. Turning tables for me. For once I was the expert with the answers. Even afterwards, there were still a few people approaching me with ideas for possible future work and positive feedback for my analyses. Looking back at the presentation and the discussions afterwards, I see it as a great experience and definitively see the merits of giving an oral presentation over a poster presentation now.
Will the next blog be ordinarily from the UK then? Keep an eye out:)