Do you want to have a bigger impact with science?

Workshops & lectures on science communication

Invite us to your university (of applied science), institute, 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: creating more impact, defining your message and audience, engaging the media and making (poster) presentations, infographics and websites.

  • English or Dutch

  • Online or in-house

  • 100% free of bullet-points!
  • For all levels: from PhD students to full professors and from support staff to full-on communicators.

Choose from our science communication workshops

Basics of Science Communication

By understanding your audience and aligning your message 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

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

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

Are you ready to captivate your audience even more? Try storytelling! In this workshop you will learn what you need to turn words into a story.

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IMPACT with science communication

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

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

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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Create a personal website

Learn everything you need to know about how to create your own personal website. Including advice on how to choose hosting, domain name, how to structure structure the website. And tips to write good content.

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Social media

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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Are you an online scientist?

How can you improve your online presence? We'll work on creative ways to get you and your expertise into the spotlight.

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Write a slogan for your research

In this workshop we’ll quickly cover the first bases of science communication. It’s a fast paced, highly interactive session that will get you on track by generating a slogan for your research.

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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 the IMPACT 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

These are some of the organizations we’ve worked with over the years

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Other workshop configurations

Some of our workshops work best when the workload is spread out over multiple sessions. And perhaps sometimes it suits your schedule better too! For example, we can split up a 4-hour workshop into an introductory lecture, homework for the participants, and then a second session for feedback and in-depth learning. This works well for students too.

Multiple-day design sessions

It’s also a good option for design workshops, when you want more time to work on your design:

  • Start with Crash Course Design for the theory, best practices and tools.
  • Further session(s) for work on your poster, presentation and/or visual abstract with guidance and personal feedback from the workshop leader.

Combine workshops to your needs

If you have a whole day, it’s also possible to combine workshops into a full-day one. Especially our Basics-Media combination (2 x 3 hours) is popular.

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

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 have 10+ years in science communication, writing, and design and love to share our expertise with your audience.

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

Stephan built a diverse portfolio in science communication over the years. Besides co-authoring the book on presentations, he wrote three other books, created TV-shows and museum exhibitions and brought science to festivals and the media. The beauty is that all of these things start the same way, and he loves to share this process and necessary skills in our workshops. It’s hard to find a better sparring partner for science communication than Stephan.

How can we help?

We believe good science communication is the key to a better relationship between science and society. If you are curious about this and want to know what science communication can do for you, get in touch! Fill out the form below so 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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