Clear at glance! Designing Effective Academic Posters

Nov 20, 2020 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Graduate Center - ONLINE

Due to the restrictions of Covid 19, the following workshop was transformed into a Live-Online-Seminar and simulates the traditional physical event as closely as possible. The seminar is streamed via Zoom and contains online and offline parts.

Target Group:

This event is aimed for doctoral candidates of all faculties.

Information on the participation permit of postdocs can be found here.


Birgit Lukowski *), Grafikbüro Suedstern, Berlin


Friday, 20 November 2020, 09:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m.

Friday, 27 November 2020, 09:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Poster sessions are an integral part of almost every scientific conference. Their purpose is to highlight research results, visualize 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.

Part 1 - 20 November 2020

09:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. - Online -short breaks inclusive

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


01:00 p.m. - 03:00 p.m. - Offline

Practice time to design or redesign your poster at home/office

03:00 p.m. - 04:00 p.m. - Online

Timeframe for questions – first feedback – hints and tips how to work on

Part 2 - 27 November 2020

09:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Online

Follow-up - Feedback Session: Get together to present an evaluate the poster drafts

Please note:

Make sure that you have PowerPoint ready on your computer as well as text and images material of your research or recently designed posters.

A functional microphone and a laptop camera is also required to guarantee a productive and effective communication.


Registrations are welcome until 1 November 2020 via our online portal. We will then determine whether the minimum number of 7 participants has been reached. Should the minimum number of participants not have been reached, the event will not take place due to financial reasons. Once the minimum number of participants has been reached, further registrations are possible until 8 days previous to the beginning of the event.

Please note:

There are 12 places on this course. The persons that can participate in the course will receive an e-mail from the Graduate Center. Without this confirmation mail you cannot participate in the course. Only participants that have registered for the course via the Graduate Center will receive a certificate of attendance.

All further registrations will be placed on a waiting list. As soon as there is a free place on the course you will receive a message from us. If you do not receive any message you cannot participate in this course.


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


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