How to communicate your research visually

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

Design an outstanding poster or infographic & 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! We’ve had many students win awards with their poster!

*You can choose on which form you want to focus. This workshop works best in multiple day sessions

English or Dutch

Online or in-house

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

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.

David improved his graphical abstract a lot during our workshop.

My thoughts about graphical abstracts have completely changed after the course, everything is important (figures, colors, contrasts, balances…) in order to transform a complex scientific message into something attractive for the readers. I will try to implement all the learned tips on my future designs!

David Pérez, PhD student French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission


This workshop is flexible!

Do you like this workshop, but are you looking for something slightly different? No problem! We offer our workshops in various configurations. In addition to the 4-hour version, we can give keynotes, interactive lectures or split the workshop in two or three sessions.

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.

Fill out the quote form below to tell us the time you have, the amount of participants and the level of interactivity so we can find a solution.

  • One hour to multiple day sessions
  • Small groups up to 12 participants or large audiences

  • More or less interaction

  • For all levels: from PhD students to full professors and from support staff to full-on communicators.

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