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Designing effective academic posters

Six basic steps to creating an appealing scientific poster

Course 2019-31

Date: 28.06.2019

Time: 09:00-16:00

Venue: SFG 1060

Trainer: Birgit Lukowski

Target group: Doctoral researchers


In this workshop, participants learn how to conceive and develop a clearly structured poster in order to attract the attention of their target audience. They will also learn the importance of moving away from densely-packed, high word count formats still so common today.


As a major aspect of academic publishing, posters are an integral part of almost every scientific conference. Their purpose is to highlight and visualize research results as effectively as possible and invite discussion. Basic knowledge about design will help participants to present their research work visually well organized, attractive, eye-catching.


Specially tailored to the requirements of scientific presentations, the workshop conveys a basic knowledge of design and layout techniques, e.g. text formatting for better readability, optimizing images and graphs, handling of proportion/composition and using layout grids and templates.
The practical part provides ample time to apply the gained knowledge and the opportunity to design or redesign your individual scientific poster.

Important: 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 a laptop equipped with PowerPoint (optionally OpenOffice).


This workshop is fully booked and we already have a long waiting list. Registration is no longer possible.

Trainer: Birgit Lukowski

Birgit Lukowski is communication designer and lecturer for presentation technique in Berlin. 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. Since 2008 the seminar is being offered at numerous graduate academies across Germany and enjoys increasing popularity.

Website: www.designspace.suedstern-grafik.de