Karolinska Institutet, Solna, 13 Juni 2019

Thanks for a great afternoon in Solna! I appreciated your questions and comments. Below, you will find my PPt slides as well as some links which may be useful.

I wish you a nice summer and good luck with your summer projects! You are welcome to email me for feedback on your PPt slides or poster design.



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My slides

A PPt for scientific presentations

This template is based on chapter 16 in Matt Carter’s Designing Science Presentations. Matt is an assistant professor of biology at Williams College, Massachusetts, and a very friendly person!

Presentation techniques

A resource page with some selected guides and websites (work in progres).

Poster design

A resource page with some selected guides and websites.

Information design


The Agile Weekend at Karolinska Institutet will take place 4–6 October. Please email me for more details.


Hällby forest, northwest of Eskilstuna, June 2019.

KTH, Stockholm 22 mars 2019

Tack för en trevlig eftermiddag i Stockholm! Thanks for a great afternoon in Stockholm!

Below, you’ll find the slides from our workshop together with some useful links.

Good luck with your communication and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have reflections or questions.

Olle B.
070-888 55 41

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The question business angels and venture capitalists ask themselves!

My slides




  • (EN) I recommend this audiobook which you can download for free from Audible (if you’re a new customer): A Way with Words.
  • (EN) Another good book in English: You Talkin’ to me?
  • (SE) UR har sänt intressanta program om retorik, bland annat Tala ut (pdf-handledning).

Taking a book shower

A colleague cleaned out his bookshelves and gave me an amazing collection of history books. I decided to take a photo of the entire stack from below. Bad idea. First time I have taken a book shower.


On the empty gun emplacement

A technical failure may be an artistic success. The photo below would be at risk of being discarded if someone decided to sort out failed shots from the image library. But to me, it’s pure poetry.

It was taken in 2011 by my mother Gunilla Bergman. It’s me to the left, Moa at the top and Sigge between us. The peculiar little bump is a cover to a gun emplacement from the cold war; here an unmounted tank turret should assist in the defense of the sandy beaches around Viken, the place where I grew up.
So many stories in the same photo – some full of hope, some full of sorrow.


Lund, 19 March 2019

Hi guys! Thanks for an interesting day in Lund. Im am looking forward to what you will come up with next week.


se.linkedin.com/in/ollebergman/en (Feel free to connect)

My slides

A PPt for scientific presentations

This template is based on chapter 16 in Matt Carter’s Designing Science Presentations. Matt is an assistant professor of biology at Williams College, Massachusetts, and a great guy!

On presentations

Presentation examples

Spring is coming to the pine forests of Södermanland (south of Stockholm).

Poster Workshop Copenhagen 22 + 24 January 2019, Pit Stop

Hi everybody!

Thanks for a great day in København! I think we had some really interesting discussions. Here are some guidelines and links to help you with your work. Feel free to email me or call me!

Looking forward to see your posters – be bold and be interesting!


PS will add more stuff to this page during the day.
PS 2 I recommend a visit at Better Posters – the biggest web site about poster design on the web.

+46 70 888 55 41


Designing a poster – a work process

Intellectual preparation phase

  1. Go through the elevator pitch you wrote yesterday.
  2. Decide on 2–4 main conclusions.
  3. Pick out the visuals you need to support your conclusions.
  4. Write a working title (just a starting point for your planning – you will polish it later).

Basic Design Phase

  1. Use printouts, pen & paper, whiteboard and/or Post-it notes for sketching a layout.
  2. Decide a logical order.
  3. Write single sentences for the different components (you will fill in more text later in the process).
  4. Start the layout work in PowerPoint or InDesign. Think about CRAP, stick to the grid and don’t make the text columns too wide. Think BIG! Here’s a tool (there’s plenty of them!) for creating a color palette: https://www.canva.com/color-palette/
  5. When you have a basic layout, add more text.

Refinement Phase

  1. Work on the title – I suggest writing three to five different alternatives and let your peers give feedback.
  2. Look at every single element (graph, diagram, header, paragraph, sentence, line, frame, logo …) and ask yourself ”Does it add value for the reader or is it just noise?”.
  3. Shorten the texts. Cherish the white space!
  4. Polish the visuals, thinking about the data/ink ratio.


  • Prepare your verbal explanation.
  • Make three different posters: one conservative, one balanced and one radical.



The Poster Design Hub
A resource page for scientific posters

Basic graphic design: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, Proximity
A chapter from a book by Garr Reynolds.

Remove to improve
Some notes from the makers of the video we saw

Designguide Science Københavns Universitet
English notes in the right column!

Øresund from the Swedish side!

An interesting criteria for a really poor presentation

Today, I attended a ten minute presentation which made me so impatient that I had to restrain myself. As I was a guest, I felt that it was improper that my eyes (investigative), the expression on my face (disgruntled) and my body language (tense) gave away my feelings. I needed to relax fast and attain the same blank pose as the other members of the audience.  Accordingly, I decided to start counting backwards from 200.

Hereby, I define the ”200 TEST” for public speakers: if your presentations make people count backwards from 200, you should perhaps do something about them.

QDETAILSS research school, Lund University, 12 November 2018

Hi guys!

Thanks for a great workshop at Kemicentrum. Judging from the discussions we had, I am looking forward to seeing your posters on Thursday. Please remember that this is a safe environment for bold initiatives and creative ideas; feel free to come up with something different.


PS You can use the comments section here for questions, comments and links. What did you find especially interesting in my lesson?


My slides



The Poster Design Hub
A resource page for scientific posters

Remove to improve
Some notes from the makers of the video we saw

Graphics manual (in Swedish)
(PDF 23,7 MB, new window)


Autumn sunset in Kronskogen, Eskilstuna. [https://www.instagram.com/generalblom/]

The splendor of the proto-vikings

The splendor of the proto-vikings: Ogaklev hillfort, Södermanland. This wall, three meters high, lays undisturbed for 500 000 days (which takes us back to approx. 500 AD).

It is becoming more and more obvious that there was a highly organized Swedish Game of Thrones society hundreds of years before the Christian people of Europe made a single margin note about the peculiar Scandinavians. When I was taught history in school, the iron age was just a long gloomy winter between the glory of the bronze age and the fame of the viking age. During the last decades, a totally different picture is emerging from the integrated archaelogical evidence: we see small, warring principalities which were probably heavily influenced by the Roman way of doing things.

Give me 10 000 euros and I will sit down to write a popular history book about the Scandinavian iron age and the wonders of hillforts, bracteates, the Vendel graves, the Salme ships, Eketorp, Skedemosse etc. etc.

My lab coat – a visual examination of an archeological artefact

Cleaning the basement, I realized that the paint spotted garment hanging in the workshop was my old lab coat from tech uni, or to be specific: Faculty of Engineering, Lund University.

I have mixed emotions. On the one hand, it really mirrors who I am and what I’ve always been, being relived from the shackles of social expectation. On the other hand, I kept provoking people in these days by not restraining my playfulness and urge to stand out. There were teaching assistants who directly categorized me as the one they needed to put in his place. There were fellow-students who (rightly) thought I wanted to direct too much attention to myself. During some of these occasions, my tender heart stung, and I shed some tears on the Skåne soil. Eventually, I learned to step into line, keeping my impulses down and my mouth shut, dressing according to social expectations. In the mid-nineties, I became an obedient marketing department clone, wearing a tie and jacket every workday.

Here it is in all its tarnished glory. Unfortunately, it has taken a spin in the washing machine, and some of the textile grafitti is really hard to read.

This is my mascot Målltass Mållekyl (a deliberate misspelling of ”Moltas” – a rare Swedish name – and ”molekyl”). As you can see, he is a water molecule.

There are actually seven of his kind adorning the lab coat. This says ”Always fun!” (also spelled in a funny way).

An angry Målltass.

On one arm, there is a quote by Homeros – the first lines of the Iliad in Lagerlöf’s famous translation. On the other arm, there is a quote from a King Crimson song: ”Knowledge is a deadly friend if no one sets the rules.” (Epitath, 1969).


On the back, there is a big Målltass in native American attire (“Indijan-Målltass”). I have no idea why.

It’s probably only me in the world who can interpret this smudge. The intention is to show what Olle/Indijan-Målltass has on his mind. The person who drew it lives in Australia today.