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19. May 2020

Clear at glance! Designing Effective Academic Posters (June 16 & 22, 2020 | online)

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Due to the Corona-Crisis the following workshop was transferred into an online-seminar and simulates the traditional physical event as closely as possible. The seminar is streamed via Zoom and contains online and offline parts.

Starting Point

Poster sessions are an integral part of almost every scientific conference. Their purpose is to highlight research results, visualise them, and stimulate discussion. To draw your audience in, you need a crystal-clear message, 
a text format optimized for best legibility and well-chosen graphics. And above all, you need to think well through how to organize your research content on the huge A0 poster format.

Basic rules of graphic design and layout technique will help you to present your work in a visually well-structured and appealing way. The training shows you how to present your research efficiently and provides enough time to put directly into practice what you have learned.

Line Up

June 16, 2020

10:00 – 11:00 | ONLINE

  • communication – structure, main message, target audience, objectives, intended impact
  • corporate design and poster templates
  • design basics – typography, colour, proportional balance, visualisation, composition

11:15 – 12:15 | ONLINE

  • professional layout technique – design with grid and columns
  • how to set up and work with poster templates (PowerPoint)

13:15 – 15:00 | OFFLINE

  • practice time to design or redesign your poster at home or office

15:00 – 16:00 | ONLINE

  • timeframe for questions – first feedback – hints and tips
June 22, 2020

15:00 – 16:00 | ONLINE

  • Feedback Session: Get together to present and evaluate the poster drafts

Target Group

Doctoral students and postdocs (of all disciplines)

Please note

To profit the most from this workshop, participants are required to bring material (text, images, graphs etc.) of their current research work or recently designed posters. 


Birgit Lukowski is communication designer and trainer. Her design and presentation workshops are offered at numerous research institutes across Germany.

Term and Application

  • June 16, 2020, 10am – 4pm / June 22, 2020, 15:00 – 16.00
  • Group size: maximum 10
  • Workshop language: English
  • Format: online workshop
  • Applications are considered in chronological order of receipt. You get information.

Registration complete

Please contact koordination(at) in case of questions.

Über Thomas Michael


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