A story is about a: fundamental conflict between subjective expectation and cruel reality... an imbalance and opposing forces (a problem that must be worked out, etc.).
A good storyteller describes what it's like to deal with these opposing forces "...calling on the protagonist to dig deeper, work with scarce resources, make difficult decisions...and ultimately discover the truth."
Can not a presentation on a technical or scientific topic be a story — with plenty of data and information along the way — about a long journey of discovery, of trial and error? Read more from Robert McKee.