Dr. Jean-luc Doumont
Founding Partner at Principiae bvba
SPIE Involvement:
Area of Expertise:
(1) scientific, technical, and business communication , (2) statistical thinking and research methodology , (3) university pedagogy
Profile Summary

An engineer from the Louvain School of Engineering and PhD in applied physics from Stanford University, Jean-luc Doumont now devotes his time and energy to training engineers, scientists, business people, and other rational minds in effective communication, pedagogy, statistical thinking, and related themes. With his rational background, he approaches communication in an original, engineering- like way that contrasts sharply with the tradition of the field, rooted in the humanities. He is thus well received by students and professionals in search of a method they can apply with the same rigor they have come to value in every other aspect of their occupations. Articulate, entertaining, and thought-provoking, he is a popular invited speaker worldwide, in particular at international scientific conferences, research laboratories, and top-ranked universities.

Dr Doumont is an SPIE visiting lecturer (see spie.org/x38610.xml). He is happy to deliver his lectures in English, Spanish, French, or Dutch.
Course Instructor
WS908: Structuring Your Research Paper (Previously titled: Effective Scientific Papers)
Strong writing skills are a key to success for researchers and professionals alike. This course discusses how to structure research papers, dissertations, and other reports effectively at all levels to get the readers’ attention, facilitate navigation, and thus get the message across optimally to their audiences.
WS897: Making the most of Your Presentation (Previously titled: Effective Technical Presentations)
Oral presentation skills are a key to success for researchers and professionals alike. This course offers a no-nonsense approach to preparing and giving presentations, with a particular focus on structure, slides, and delivery. It also offers tips on how to manage the nervousness associated with speaking in public.
WS1202: Conveying Messages with Graphs
Widely used in research and development to analyze and communicate data, graphical displays are still poorly mastered by researchers (and popular software does not helps). This course discusses how to create more effective graphs—graphs that are truly visual, are truthful to the data, and get the message across.
Student Chapter Members are welcome to participate in the SPIE Student Chapter Leadership Workshop. During this highly interactive, all-day event facilitated by Dr. Jean-luc Doumont, you will discuss what being a leader is all about (and what it is not about), how to persuade others, and how to go from ideas to achievements in your chapter. Expect to gain new insights, make new friends, and overall spend a rich and enjoyable first day at the conference.
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