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Honours College FSW Science, Society and Self Conference (Bachelor year 3)



The Honours College conference marks the zenith of the Science, Society and Self track. The conference provides students the opportunity to share their message to the world. At the conference, the students present a message to the world that stems from their own passion and mission, and that builds upon the knowledge and insights they have generated during their Honours trajectory. Students present their message in the form of a mini–TED Talk of 3 minutes each.

Students will be prepared for this during the workshop How to Present Your TED Talk, where they explore diverse ways to speak powerfully and responsibly to the world.

Please note that the annual conference of the Honours College track Science, Society and Self is not the same as the conference organized by the Honours Academy.

Course objectives

Through this course, we strive to achieve that students are able to:

  • reflect on the insights they obtained during the Honours College trajectory

  • construct a thoughtful and clear message from the insights they obtained during the Honours College trajectory

  • present their message to a large audience in an inspiring TED Talk format

Mode of instruction

Students are expected to invest approximately 28 hours for this 1 ECTS course by:

  • attending and preparing the workshop How to Present Your TED Talk: 6 hours

  • constructing a mini-TED Talk: 18 hours

  • attending the conference: 4 hours

Assessment method

The student passes this course upon the attendance of the workshop How to Present Your TED Talk and the conference as well as presenting a successful mini-TED Talk.


Students must give their TED Talk in English.


The skills predominantly covered in this course are shown in bold:

Researching Collaborating Reflecting
Analysing Oral communication Independent learning
Generating solutions Written communication Resilience
Project-based working Presenting
Digital skills Societal awareness


Date Time Location Program
tba tba Leiden Workshop How to Present your TED Talk
31-5- 2024 13:00-17:00 Leiden Science & Society Conference | HC Science, Society and Self Conference

Admission requirements

This course is mandatory for students in their third year of the Honours College Science, Society and Self track.


You will be automatically registered for the workshop and the conference by the Honours College FSW.

Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact Honours College FSW