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23. Nov 2020

Theory and Design of Scientific Posters (December 08, 2020| online)

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The workshop covers different aspects of scientific posters as increasingly popular form of presentation in various scientific disciplines. As an introduction, the poster as communication medium is described, with special attention to the differences among the disciplines. Several case studies and settings will be presented and discussed. The participants of the workshop are therefore explicitly invited to contribute their own work and material to this discussion. The second part focuses on how to create effective and attractive posters. Starting from the essential technical knowledge of poster ingredients such as pixel vs. vector graphics, typography, colours, etc., different software applications for creating posters are presented and optionally used for initial designs. In addition to basics in design and layout principles for text and image content, several approaches for reducing bulky content and visual complexity will be presented. Finally, the production step as well as the oral presentation itself will be addressed.

Planned topics

Part I: The scientific poster as a medium

  • characteristics and goals of scientific posters
  • differences to other publications and among disciplines
  • review and discussion of several examples

Part II: The (technical) nuts and bolts of posters

  • basics in layout and design
  • technical issues for images, text, colours, etc.
  • reducing text and visual complexity

Part III: Creation and delivery

  • planning using paper drafts and sketches
  • designing layouts and arranging elements using software
  • preparing text and image content
  • details for production and presentation


The attendees of the workshop will learn about the basic principles of creating effective and attractive posters for scientific presentations. During interactive and practical sessions, typical issues and pitfalls are addressed to improve the overall poster quality and to lower the threshold for designing posters as a scientist.

Target group

PhD students and post-docs who are going to present their scientific work in poster format: due to conference presentation schemes, presentations for funded projects, etc.. No special knowledge is required, but proficient use of computers is recommended.


The theoretical parts of the course will be presented using slide-based content, with special attention to interactive discussions with the participants and their individual experiences. Especially for the practical part, the attendees are invited to bring their own material (digital and/or printed or hand-drawn) to develop sketches and coarse layouts on paper. Typical elements of these drafts are then designed in software, using a combination of freely available, platform independent software (OpenOffice, Inkscape, GIMP, etc.).


Dr. Matthias Raspe (PhD) studied Computational Visualistics at University of Koblenz where he also received his doctorate in the field of medical visualization. After co-founding and leading a company for the development of medical software, he was a deputy lecturer at the University of Koblenz-Landau and University of Applied Sciences Koblenz. In addition to his current position as Software Project Manager in the Automotive field, he works as freelance consultant and trainer in the scientific context.

Terms and Applications

  • December 08, 2020: 9:00am – 17:00pm
  • Group-Size maximum 12
  • Workshop language: English
  • Format: online workshop
  • Applications are considered in chronological order of receipt. You get info.


All places are taken.


This workshop has been realised with financial support from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.


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