Do you want to have a bigger impact with science?

Workshops & lectures on science communication

Our workshops series

Invite us to your university, PhD day, conference or summer school and we will inspire you and your colleagues or students to get your message across in more attractive, contemporary and effective ways.

We teach you everything you need to know to create more impact: from defining your message and audience, to engaging the media and making (poster) presentations, infographics and even websites.

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Basics of Science Communication

Interactive lecture (2.5 hours), Keynote lecture (1 hour), and Workshop (4 hours)

By understanding your audience and aligning your message and goal to their needs, you can really get your point across. In this workshop you’ll create a short pitch or article to practice just that.

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Presentation design

Workshop (4 hours)

Learn all the skills you need to create beautiful science presentations more efficiently. This is a hands-on workshop with both theory and practical PowerPoint tips & tricks.

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Science in the media

Interactive lecture (2.5 hours), Keynote lecture (1 hour), and Workshop (4 hours)

Do you want to be more confident around journalists or the media? Or do you want to take advantage of the opportunities that social media offer for scientists? We'll get you started!

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Storytelling for scientists

Workshop (4 hours)

Are you ready for the next level of writing, and eager to captivate your audience even more? In this workshop you will learn what you need to turn words into a story.

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IMPACT with creative science communication

Interactive lecture (2.5 hours), Keynote lecture (1 hour), and Workshop (4 hours)

Do you want to have a positive effect on the world? We'll make you think about your goal, audience, and message and ensure you know what it takes to create impact! Also available as a keynote lecture.

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Design Crash Course

Interactive lecture (2.5 hours) and Keynote lecture (1 hour)

Create beautiful and effective infographics, posters and graphical abstracts with this inspiring lecture. You will learn the best practices in design and get to know the essential design tools.

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Poster design & graphical abstracts

Workshop (4 hours)

Do you want people to stop in their tracks and pay attention to your work? Learn how you can use design to get noticed and make your message easier to understand.

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Social media

Interactive lecture (2.5 hours) and Keynote lecture (1 hour)

Learn to write engaging and effective social media posts that honors the best-practices in science communication. With examples, tips and inspiration for your next post.

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Mini-workshop addons

We also give mini-workshops that can be added to the above workshops:

  • Presenting in Zoom. How do you make sure your presentation is just as engaging online as it is offline? With our tips and tricks for presenting online, for example about lighting, backgrounds, interaction and even rogue pets, you’ll be well-prepared for anything that comes your way.
  • Writing for the web. Do you realize that on the web, 80% of the people don’t read a page, but scan it? With the Writing for the Web add-on we’ll give you the tools you need to write more effectively for an online audience. Among other things, we’ll explain how to design your text so it’s easier to scan (and read), how SEO works, and how to write good headings.
  • Formulate a convincing advice. Are you trying to get your audience to change their behavior? Then you need to go beyond just telling them your advice and step into their shoes first. How do you know your message is actually understood and followed? We help you create a better message that is understandable and convincing.
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I really liked the Poster design workshop, it was full of useful advice along with examples and work on our own posters, with a great rhythm ! Thanks for these 3 sessions.”

– PhD Student

Our research team enjoyed this workshop very much! We learned how we can create more impact with our research by thinking one step further. An interactive workshop with a lot of positive energy!”

– Ilgin Arslan, Researcher Healthcare Data

60 minutes

English / Dutch

Impact with science keynote

Inspire your students and staff to communicate better!

This is a roller coaster ride of a presentation, briefly covering all aspects of science communication and how they contribute to your impact as a scientist: message, goal, design, audience, media and websites.

We love it when scientists go out into the (online) world and engage their audience. During this presentation we showcase the value of a clear message, how to use social media, and how to design their content so it’s more appealing.

Using tips from our book, practical examples and real-life case studies we’ll stimulate you to get more out of your work too!

Liesbeth and Stephan inspired me to think better about the communication of my research. I thought it was especially cool to learn how to convey a message in such a way that you can attract attention even with the most complex topics. In the future I will package all my messages in a more creative format.”

– David Oerlemans, student at HAS

What are you looking for?

Interested? Let us know what kind of workshop or lecture you need by filling out the form below, and we will send you a quote!

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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 and can tweak the workshops to your needs.

We prefer to give the design workshops in multiple sessions. This gives participants enough time to apply the theory to their own projects – and to receive feedback. We can also give full-day workshops by combining topics.


In our workshops we train people to create something based on their own research. For example a compelling pitch, a (poster) presentation a good story (for the media) or a clear design or graphical abstract. Work individually on your project and learn the skills to become a better science communicator.

  • 4 hours

  • Max. 12 participants
  • For students working on their own research pitch, poster, design or infographic

  • Works best for a group that is similar

  • Time for personal feedback and discussion

Our workshops

Science in the media
Basics of scicomm
Talking to the media
Presentation design

Keynote lecture

In a keynote lecture we inspire large groups of people to do more with science communication. It’s great when you have a large stage and limited time. In our keynotes we use lots of examples and get the public involved.

  • 1 hour

  • Up to 100 participants

  • For PhD days, conferences and symposiums

  • Great for everyone working in academia

Our keynote lectures

Impact with science
Design crash course

Interactive lecture

Book an interactive lecture if you want people to get to know each other better and interact. In these lectures we combine a keynote lecture with one hour of interactive group work. For example to come up with create ways of science communication together. Great to get the conversation going!

  • 2-3 hours

  • Up to 50 participants

  • For entire departments

  • Works well with diverse groups with junior and senior scientists and even managers.

Our interactive lectures:

Impact with science
Science in the media

Workshop series

Combine a lecture with multiple workshops sessions to go into depth. This is a good option for design workshops, where you need more time to work on your design. In the first session, our Crash Course Design you learn about the theory, best-practices and tools. In the next sessions you will work on your poster, presentation or visual abstract under guidance of the teacher and get personal feedback on your work.

  • 2-3 sessions up to 4 hours

  • Max. 12 participants

  • For students in a similar program

  • Allows students to ask more questions and get more time and feedback on their work

Design workshops:

Design crash course
Presentation design
Poster & graphical abstract

As a former teacher, I thought I’d gotten the basics of presenting down- until Liesbeth’s workshop showed me that presenting posters is a whole new ball game. In an engaging and interactive way she managed to keep everyone’s attention (which might be the toughest part of online workshops) 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 so I would definitely recommend it!

-Malu van Schaijk

During ‘Bessensap’, an annual event where science meets press, Stephan told a fully booked room about the do’s and don’t of science presentations. With all kinds of beautiful examples, he explained how graphs, photos and other visual support can complement a story, but also can take away from it. I’m sure it has inspired many members of the audience to create their next science presentation in a clear and creative way.

-Anouk Broersma, Bessensap

Workshop content design The Online Scientist

Liesbeth gave a great motivational ‘Impact with research!’ workshop for PhD students. She helped us dare to think bigger and gave us many tips to get started ourselves. Highly recommended!

– Dorine Duijsens, PhD student (FWO-SB) at Lab of Food Technology, KULeuven

Liesbeth gave a 2-hour interactive workshop to our PhD students on how to create impact with scientific research. So much was discussed: How do you keep a poster readable? What do you put and especially NOT put on your slides during a presentation? What is the one-liner of your research? Liesbeth presented in a very spontaneous and open manner, and inspired us to get more out of science. Our participants were excited to put what we learned into practice.

– Famke Mölenberg, PhD candidate in Social Epidemiology, department of Public Health at Erasmus MC


We are also available to talk about our own respective expertise, and have done so on many occasions and in various media. Contact us if you want a talk on Nutrition & Health or Biology!

I’ve never seen a more beautiful presentation than the presentation by Liesbeth. She has a talent for design, and she knows how to make beautiful, clear and powerful slides. In addition, Liesbeth is a top performer in the field of presentation. She speaks enthusiastically about her expertise. She gives lots of examples, clear advice and knows how to present complex matters in an attractive way.

Marloes Ten Kate, presentation coach

Headshot Liesbeth Smit Wetenschapscommunicatie The Online Scientist

Liesbeth Smit

With a talk from Liesbeth, you’re guaranteed to stay awake and pay attention. She literally wrote the book on how to make great presentations. With her experience with science communication and design, she loves to inspire people to get more out of their research. Liesbeth uses design to makes even the most complicated topics easy to understand.

Whether it’s a class of schoolchildren or a room full of CEO’s, Liesbeth is an energetic speaker that will leave you with something to think about.

Stephan van Duin Wetenschapscommunicatie The Online Scientist

Stephan van Duin

If you want a good story, Stephan is your go-to guy. Besides co-authoring the book on presentations, he wrote three other books, created a collection of TV-shows and museum exhibitions and brought science to festivals and media. Knowing how to tell your story is at the basis of all these things, so he is always eager to teach you how to do that!

Because of his curiosity, he just loves to talk to and learn from scientists, so the best thing you can do is invite him over for coffee and talk shop.

How can we help?

We believe good science communication is the key to a better relationship between science and society. So if you want us to give a presentation about this or any related subject, get in touch! Fill out the form below or e-mail us at and we can develop a custom talk for your event.

Science communication is the key to a better relationship between science and society.

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