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Presenting a VENI grant application 10 and 17 January 2022


Veni interview training

You are (likely to be) invited to a Veni interview, during which you must get your expert knowledge and innovative ideas across to a panel that consists mainly of non-experts. During this two-day training, our experienced trainers will help increase your fluency in the languages of content, visuals, tonality, and posture.

The training is set in a safe, interdisciplinary environment with max. 12 participants. The trainers offer high quality coaching and personalized feedback.

You will be working on:

  • the clarity and convincingness of your message
  • the speed, articulation and intonation by which you share this message
  • your facial expressions, use of hands and posture that underline your
  • the use of props and the content of slides that support your message


By the end of this training, you will:

  • be able to connect with experts and non-experts when sharing the essentials of your proposal
  • have learned how to use slides, sound and silence to strengthen your presentation
  • have become more aware of the potential of your body language
  • be able to confidently deal with difficult questions on the spot

Intended for

Researchers who have submitted a Veni application to NWO in 2021, irrespective of whether they have already received an invitation for an interview or not.


Day 1 – The Four Languages of Your Presentation

Day 2 – Your Interaction with the Panel

During day 1 you will be practicing the four languages of content, visuals, tonality and posture through both self-reflective and interactive assignments. You will enhance the quality and accessibility of your core message. You will strengthen your message both verbally and non-verbally, working on structure and convincingness, posture and voice.

During day 2 you will get the opportunity to test your newly acquired knowledge. You will practice your presentation skills and rehearse the Q&A session. You will train how to deal with tricky and potentially derailing questions.

On day 1, a Veni laureate will come and share her reflections on the actual interview, and how she prepared for it.


Eva Pantelakis and Jan Pieter Weening

Course fee € 500, including two lunches and all refreshments

Monday 10 and Monday 17 January 2022. Both course days start at 9:00 and finish at 17:00.


10 January: Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19, Groningen

17 January: De Lichtkoepel (Norman Building), Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 42, Groningen

Maximum number of participants

12 per course

Information and registration

talent – in the subject line please write Veni interview training 10 & 17 January 2022.

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