Designing Effective Academic Posters



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iDiv Leipzig, room Metamorphosis in Interim III

29 June 2018, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

12 / 0,25 ECTS credits


Scientific posters are an essential method to visualize research results for a target audience. In this course participants will learn how to develop a clear and structured poster design to communicate their projects efficiently while avoiding a high-wordcount format and optimizing the format of a text for its best readability.

Course objectives:

The course conveys basic knowledge of design and layout techniques. Participants learn the essential steps to create a significant and conclusive scientific poster.

 Content structure:

  • Poster – the visual tool to support your presentation
  • Pre-considerations: content structure, intended impact, target group
  • Design basics: typography, image, colour, proportional balance
  • Corporate design elements
  • Working with templates
  • Scope of design with grid and columns
  • Poster layout practice session
  • Evaluation and feedback
  • Oral presentation and additional material

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


Trainer: Birgit Lukowski | Communication Designer and Lecturer

Based upon her extensive teaching experience in various academic contexts she conceptualized 
a practice-oriented workshop programme specially tailored to the needs of graduates and early career scientists. 
The workshop "Designing Effective Academic Posters" focuses on the practical and effective training of design and presentation skills for academic content. Since 2008 the seminar is being offered at numerous graduate academies across Germany and enjoys increasing popularity.


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