NFSN PhD student workshop 2023

Tools and techniques for presenting

Sponsored by Nordic Energy Research.


The aim of the workshop is to enhance our skills in scientific presentations within
fire safety community.


  Thursday, Aug 31
09:00 – 10:00Welcome and introduction.
Research presentation good practices
10:00 – 10:50Digital storytelling – Luka Piškorec
11:00 – 12:15Visit: Eurofins fire lab
12:30 – 13:15Lunch
13:30 – 14:00Small groups
14:00 – 15:00Storytelling in Fire Science Show – Wojciech Węgrzyński
15:00 – 16:00Student presentation (Iancu & Dragoi)
Small groups
16:00 – 16:45Programming your presentation – Bryan Klein, Thunderhead Engineering.
19:00Dinner in Helsinki
Friday, Sep 1
09:00 – 09:30AI-tools for research presentations
09:30 – 10:15Student presentations + discussion
10:15 – 10:45Visit: Aalto fire lab
11:00 – 12:00Visit: VTT test hall
12:30 – 13:15Lunch
13:30 – 16:00Student presentations + discussion
16:00Close and goodbye
Tentative schedule. Coffee/Tea breaks will be included.

ToDo before the workshop: Test a presentation idea

Each participant will prepare a short (max 10 min) presentation of his/her research. In addition to present and discuss our research, the aim is to try some new visual/presentation technique, that you have not had opportunity to try before.

  1. Pick one idea
  2. Prepare a 10-min presentation of your own research project using this new idea.
  3. Show the idea in small group (Thursday), discuss, improve.
  4. Give a presentation in Friday.
  5. Get feedback
  6. Learn from others

In Thursday, we will split up in small groups to share and improve our ideas. Friday

List of possible things you can test

  • Using AI-tools for presentation drafting, for example
  • How to prepare 3D graphics or visualization, of e.g. experimental setup? Demonstrate some modelling tool, like
  • How to create a short animation of your research procedure?
    • Use Matlab (or similar) for animated graphs
    • Exploit PowerPoint features you haven’t tried before.
  • How to include VR / AR?
  • Prezi

Pitch tips:

Travel instructions


Each participant makes the travel arrangements themselves according to the rules of their university / research institute. After the trip, make a travel claim to your university /research institute. They will charge NFSN.


Aalto University campus is located in Espoo. It is about 15 min metro drive from Helsinki center. Venue is Civil engineering department.     

Address: Rakentajanaukio 4, Espoo

Room: R3, second floor

How to arrive?

  1. Fly to Helsinki Airport (HEL)
  2. Take a train to Helsinki central railway station.
  3. Take a metro towards Tapiola or Kivenlahti.
  4. Walk to Rakentajanaukio 4

Local transportation

Operator is HSL. Tickets can be bought with HSL app. Tickets are priced by regions. From Helsinki center to Aalto is two-zone ticket (AB). From airport to the university, you need ABC-ticket.             


It is best to arrive Wed 30th Aug.

Radisson Blu Espoo On the campus
Hotel Mats                       Matinkylä, Espoo. 4 metro stops.
****                   Any hotel in Helsinki centre.


Soroush Rashidzadeh, +358 50 473 0474,
Simo Hostikka, +358 50 447 1582,

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