Visual Communication Webinar – Dear Organizer

Thank you for considering/organizing a Seyens webinar for your researchers. This page will help you decide on the duration and content of the webinar, and be assured about the quality of the content and experience for participants.

Webinar experience—participant’s perspective

The webinar is an adaptation of my workshops which are in demand at excellent research institutions around the world.

  • Content: I will give you actionable advice so you can improve your own visualizations right away. Everything you learn will be structured and memorable, and the experience enjoyable and fun. If I am successful, I will change the way you think about communication, not only in your science, but also in your life.
  • Personalized feedback & interactivity: you will be able to submit your materials (figures/slides/posters—depending on the webinar duration) before the event. I will make a selection and give personalized feedback. In the longer webinars, you will also give feedback to your colleagues and receive theirs. You will be able to ask any question regarding visual communication of science and get immediate answers. I also have planned quizzes and discussions.
  • Audio/video quality: I use professional grade equipment for crisp sound and image and run the webinars from a conference room in a technology park with high speed internet to ensure an optimal experience for participants.

visual communication of science webinar for researchers

Organizer’s perspective

  • Participants: the webinar is limited to 16, and I encourage diverse groups of researchers at different stages of their career (PIs welcome). All participants must be affiliated with the institution, external participants are not allowed.
  • Organization: similar to in person workshops. After you collect registrations, you will either share their emails with me or forward them my instructions. I take over all other communication with the participants from that point on. The instructions contain all necessary information for the participants (submitting their materials, webinar software, schedule, to-do).
  • Duration & content: Most organizers pick the 1,5-day webinar, but I also offer the shorter events. Your options are:
    • 4-hour: fundamental principles of visual communication + commenting on participants’ pre-submitted materials.
    • 1-day: the 4-hour + the drawing exercise and group work.
    • 1,5-day: second day contains topics on slides and posters including feedback on pre-submitted materials and group exercises. (“organizers’ favorite choice”)

Day 1 Essential visual communication

🎤 Communicating with scientific and non scientific audiences 4 hours: lessons and feedback on participants’ figures and discussions. Interactive and self-standing. From 9 am until lunch.
🎤 Visual perception and what humans find intuitive
🎤 Visual organization: structuring information to simplify comprehension
🎤 Eye-flow: effortlessly guide the audience through the design
🎤 Colors: how to amplify, not ‘fancify’
🗨 Discussion on pre-submitted figures: facilitator’s feedback on a selection of figures from participants
Graphical abstract drawing exercise: draw a sketch of your own research 2 hours: in the afternoon with facilitator’s presence or as a homework.*
🤝 Graphical abstract group work: give and receive feedback

* The drawing exercise and group work can happen in the afternoon (after lunch) and participants also get feedback from me. It can also be organized as a homework, so participants get together in groups at their own future availability.

Day 2: Applying visual communication – flexible selection of topics

🎤 Slides that amplify your messages when presenting 2 hours
🗨 Discussion on pre-submitted slides: facilitator’s feedback on a selection of slides from participants
🎤 Conference posters: purpose, strategy and process for creating posters that attract and explain 2 hours
🤝 Group work – posters feedback: give and receive feedback from peers
🎤 Grants/project proposals: how to structure and visually enhance a document to help the evaluator 1 hour each: not part of the 1,5-day webinar. Only offered if specifically requested.
🎤 Digital image file-types: compression, resolution and the best use of vector and raster images (including a discussion on software)