We know how it goes: You are working long hours in the lab scrambling to get those last results for your upcoming talk or lab meeting presentation, and then just a day before you have to submit it you frantically start to put together your PPT slides. In this day and age, communicating your project’s story clearly (and maybe even memorably) is more important than ever, but more often than not there is no time to spend extra hours on making your slides stand out.

In order you save you some time and headaches, The Scientific Friend crawled the web to find you three free and inspirational PPT templates for your next presentation.

While our finds are not specifically geared towards scientists (a project we are determined to take on in the future), they can sure give you a base for your figure colour schemes, slide layouts and spare you the hassle of choosing fonts and figuring out how to use them.

We made sure all of the templates use Google Fonts so you don’t have to spend a dime, but if you have to give your talk using a computer other than your own, it’d be a good idea to replace those with standard PPT ones (e.g. Calibri which comes in weights from Light to Bold).

Enough talk, get ready to work. Here are our finds:

1. Aurora

If you don’t mind standing out from the crowd, this sleek-looking template could be just your thing. The dark background draws the audience’s focus to your content and makes your colours pop. Use the greens and blues as the base for your figures (gradients are this template’s secret) and pink or red for highlights. If you feel like a warmer colour palette, the Aurora template also comes in a pink version!

 

2. Window

Window

Professional and clean looking, Window comes along as a straight forward template for your next talk. Its minimal colour palette allows you to add plenty of shades of your own. We think slightly subdued greens, blues and greys would work well for your figures, keeping their royal blue for highlighting key information.

 

3. Power

 

This extensive template caught our eye with its quirky shapes, yet clear layout and style. The pink and purple colour palette can easily be extended with blue tones for your figures. Try a bright turquoise or cool-ish green for highlights.

 


 

Alright, that’s it for our first batch of free PPT templates. We hope they will kick-start your slide design for a great presentation! If you ever have any feedback, or a suggestion for a template we should feature next time around, make sure to get in touch!

 

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