10th and 17th Juli 2024


09:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m.


Birgit Lukowski

Number of Participants

7 to 12



Course Language


Target Audience

doctoral candidates and postdocs

Participation Fee*

free of charge

Course Description

Poster sessions are an integral part of scientific conferences. Their purpose is to highlight research results, visua-lize them, and stimulate discussion. To draw your audience in, you need a clear content structure, a text format optimized for best readability and well-chosen graphics. Above all, you need to think well through how to compellingly organize your contents on the required poster format.

But – designing an attractive poster is only half the story – a succinct and convincing presentation is just as
important to convey your scientific topics. The workshop teaches design skills in combination with presentation expertise and offers you practical training on how to use these skills for a targeted science communication.


Contents & Topics

10th July 2024 | Part 1: Concept and Design of Effective Academic Posters
poster – the visual tool | content structure | key principles of poster design: typography, colour, composition, image and visualisation | professional layout technique | the use of grid and columns | handling poster templates | poster practice session and poster evaluation

17th July 2024 | Part 2: Effective Poster Presentations
interplay poster design & oral presentation | interacting with visual aids | defining objectives and clarifying the main message | dramaturgy, opener & close | verbal and nonverbal communication | short poster presentation with video recording | feedback




Lectures, analysis, practical exercises, group work, video recording, presentations, feedback.
Participants are requested to prepare the content material (texts and graphics) for a poster or recently designed examples.

Information about the Lecturer

Birgit Lukowski | Communication Designer, Lecturer, Trainer
Based upon her extensive teaching experience in various academic contexts, Birgit Lukowski started to create design workshops that are specifically tailored to the needs of graduates and early career scientists. Her approach lies on the practice-oriented conveyance of design and presentation skills to effectively communicate scientific content. Since 2008 her seminars are being offered at numerous graduate academies across Germany.