How to communicate your research visually

A successful poster presentation begins with being noticed, and ends with being easily understood. Take this workshop to learn the design principles that make sure your poster stands out among others.

Design an outstanding poster presentation & learn the basics of science visualizations for graphical abstracts

First, we will discuss how to transform your message into a quick takeaway. Then, you will learn about both information design and graphic design and apply it to the message you want to convey. Using hierarchy, contrast, color and other elements, you get to working on your own design and receive feedback on how to improve it. We finish with a crash course on infographic design, so you can also apply these skills in other science communication!

What you will learn

  • Organize your narrative in a way that supports the main takeaway
  • Crash course (infographic) design: how to use hierarchy, contrast, emphasis, colors and white space in a design for clarity
  • How to incorporate images and icons effectively
  • Data visualization: learn how to create better graphs and other forms of data visualizations.
  • Beyond poster presentations: other ways to present your research

Workshop details

4 hours

max 10 participants

English or Dutch

Online or in-house

A workshop by
Liesbeth Smit, MSc

Liesbeth combines her knowledge of science communication, technology and design to teach you how to communicate better to any audience. She asks tough questions to make sure you create real impact, and she’s excited to share her decade of design experience with you.

Her workshops are brimming with practical tips that you can apply immediately to your reports, presentations, posters and infographics. By following one of Liesbeth’s workshops you will learn the skills you need to get people to pay attention to your message.

More about Liesbeth

In an engaging and interactive way Liesbeth managed to keep everyone’s attention online and gave us tools and tips on how to improve your work immensely with simple changes. I’ve now gone on to share these tips with friends and coworkers and would definitely recommend it!

I really liked this workshop, it was full of useful tips and tools along with examples and time to work on our own posters. The workshop had a great rhythm! Thanks for these 3 sessions. Comparing my new poster to my old one is day and night.

Our workshops are flexible!

Do you like our workshops, but are you looking for something slightly different? No problem! We offer our workshops in various configurations. In addition to the standard 3 to 4-hour version, we can split the workshop in two or three parts. This gives participants enough time to apply the theory to their own projects – and to receive feedback. We can also combine some workshops to create a full-day program, or fit a narrower time slot by giving a lecture highlighting the most important insights.

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Configurations of
Poster design & graphical abstracts

We can shift the focus of the workshop slightly, by using our ‘add-ons.’ These are chapters within a workshop what we can change around or give as a mini-workshop.

  • We don't have any add-ons for this workshop yet. Are you looking for something specific? Let us know!

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You've selected more than 12 participants. We prefer 8-12 participants in a workshop so we can give everyone an opportunity to share their work and get personalized feedback. If you have a larger audience, we recommend our lectures. Each workshop can also be given as a stand-alone lecture of 1-2 hours with the theory and a bit of interaction.

How much time do you have?All our workshops are 4 hours so everyone can learn by getting personal feedback. However, if you have less time we can give a 1 to 2-hour lecture for larger groups.

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