I am giving a presentation to introduce the career path of bioinformatics researchers to a group of Ph.D. students.

In the presentation abstract I have:

I will [introduce] the responsibilities and skill sets of a bioinformatics researcher.

I feel the word "introduce" is inappropriate. I am also considering "dig into".

What are some alternative phrases to express that I'll "discuss the role in detail"?

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  • What are you trying to express? Introduce and dig in have very different meanings, so it's odd that you've considered both of them. And what's wrong with just using discuss? – Jason Bassford Mar 11 at 3:56
  • "I will ['explain' or 'outline'] the responsibilities ..." – TrevorD Mar 12 at 0:44

You may want to consider "outline." See the definition below:

If you outline an idea or a plan, you explain it in a general way (source).

However, the verb to outline is about explaining something in general, not discussing something in detail.

So, perhaps, to go into something is more appropriate:

If you go into something, you describe or examine it fully or in detail (source):

  1. I will not go into these texts in any depth as I am sure that many of you will want to comment on various provisions.

  2. I won't go into too much description of any of these projects.

  3. I will not go into any substantive analysis of this draft resolution.

So, I suggest the following: "I'd like to go into description of the responsibilities and skill sets of a bioinformatics researcher" (in case you really want to pay much attention to the issue).


I'll suggest the word expound on/upon. Associated synonyms are explain, run through, define, put across, clarify etc.

Expound (verb) https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/expound

to give a detailed explanation of something Or to explain by setting forth in careful and often elaborate detail

  1. He continued to expound on the failings of our educational system.

  2. Expound a law.

Your sentence: I will expound on/run through the responsibilities and skill sets of a bioinformatics researcher.


How about the word "explain"?

In a presentation, it's important to grab your listeners' attention quickly. You can definitely do that with simpler words.

So it's —

I will [explain] the responsibilities and skill sets of a bioinformatics researcher.

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