Effective Visual Communication of Science

Take Your Publications, Posters, and Slides To The Next Level
With a Proven System to Visualize Your Ideas and Findings
and Make Your Messages Easier to Understand

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    Proven & Globally Trusted

    Most loved training at many of 130+ excellent research institutions.
    Already in 22 countries since 2013.

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    Workshops & Online Course

    Training available as workshops (live online and on-site). A free webinar and an online course coming in 2022!

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    Comprehensive

    Learn to apply effective visual communication to your scientific images, slides, posters, and beyond.

    94% 5-star Reviews by Participants on Trustpilot

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    Take Your Publications, Posters, and Slides To The Next Level!

    My goal is to help you become a more effective communicator. I am able to facilitate an immersive online experience so you can learn while interacting with fellow scientists from the comfort of your home or office.

    • Benefits for researchers: You will understand and learn to apply effective visual strategies to structure and design your images so your audiences will more easily understand your complex messages. This knowledge will be applied also to your slides and posters, so you learn how to apply it to all of your visual science communication and presentations. It is a training that fundamentally changes how participants think about communication, not only in science, but also in life.
    • Personalized feedback & interactivity: you will be able to submit your materials (figures/slides) before the event. I will make a selection and give you personalized feedback. You will also discuss your materials with other participants and learn to receive and give informed and constructive feedback. It is an immersive webinar, structured, easy to follow, memorable, useful and fun.

    Trusted by Researchers at Renowned Institutions

    Facilitated by a Former Scientist, Photographer and Fulbright Scholar

    Dr. Jernej Zupanc

    My goal is to help scientists effectively communicate.
    Drawing on various fields, I am always on the lookout for new approaches that can be readily applied by researchers.

    Besides workshops and webinars, I consult innovative companies in acquiring grants and private funding.
    Before Seyens, I worked as Head of computer vision at a startup and as an evaluator of Horizon 2020 EU projects.

    I hold a PhD and was a PostDoc in computer science at University of Ljubljana and a Fulbright Scholar at Northeastern University, Boston.

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    Workshop Content

    You will learn to effectively communicate your own scientific ideas and results by applying best visual communication practices to your research communication. We will apply this knowledge to improve your scientific images, slides, and posters. You will design a graphical abstract and get actionable advice and feedback on your own pre-submitted materials. It is an immersive online workshop, structured, easy to follow, memorable, useful and fun.

    Day 1 Visual Communication Fundamentals

    🎤 Communicating with scientific and non scientific audiences 5 hours: lessons and feedback on participants’ figures and discussions. Interactive theory with dozens of examples.
    🎤 Visual perception and what humans find intuitive
    🎤 Layout: a global structure that simplifies 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
    🤝 Graphical abstract group work: give and receive feedback

    Day 2: Visual Communication Applied

    🎤 Slides that amplify your messages when presenting 2.5 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)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is this training for my stage of career?

    The only prerequisite is experience with “reading scientific publications, creating a slide presentation, and some scientific research”

    • MSc students: more advanced ones for sure. Please read the prerequisite above.
    • PhD students: absolutely.
    • PostDocs: yes, especially if you are applying for grants and are writing project proposals.
    • Group leaders: yes, if you can invest at least 1 day, it is highly valuable. Many professors who attend say that they didn’t reply to any emails during the (online) training, which speaks for itself.
    • Scientists with advance design skills: you might know a lot of what I cover, but the way the knowledge is connected into a system will be valuable.

    Is this training for my research topic?

    Science, technology, engineering, medicine:

    • medical and health sciences
    • biological/life sciences
    • chemical sciences
    • material sciences
    • physics
    • technology and engineering
    • other fields where visual communication matters
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    Is there a specific software used during the workshop (like Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, …) that I have to be familiar with?

    No. The knowledge is software-agnostic. During the drawing exercise, most sketch on paper. If you want, you can use PowerPoint, Illustrator, Biorender, Gimp… no problem.

    How interactive is the workshop?

    Both on-site and online workshops are highly interactive. Many participants say that the online is the most interactive training they have ever experienced remotely. Discussion, quizzes, exercises, feedback, break out group work etc. Workshop is optimized for an engaging learning experience.

    Do you award ECTS points for this training?

    Many institutions award ECTS points for this training. Sometimes homework is required after the workshop and this is something useful, like creating a slide presentation, poster, graphical abstract etc.

    How long are the live workshops?

    Most institutions are booking the 1.5-day online workshop at the moment which takes approx. 7h30 on the first day and 4h30 on the second day.

    Do I have to do any work before the workshop?

    Everyone is invited to submit their scientific images and slides before the training.

    What is the price of the training?

    Live workshops are booked by organizers at institutions. At most institutions the workshop is free for participants.

    Is this a data visualization workshop?

    This is not a data visualization workshop like many out there, it is more an “information visualization”. I consider standard data visualization approaches (bar charts, box plots, scatter plots, line charts…) to be a subset of information visualization and explain how they fit into the framework discussed and how many of the same principles apply (visual hierarchy, color, typography etc.). Although my training used to include a long chapter on data visualization I don’t include it at the moment due to time constraints.

    Does the training cover journal covers, 3D modelling or animation?

    No. The fundamentals and approaches discussed in the training can to a certain extent be applied to any kind of visualization including the above mentioned. However, journal covers are usually a more creative/artistic endeavor and not a strategic communication, 3D modelling is very software specific, and animation (although valuable) has limited use in most of science communication.

    What is your academic background?

    BSc & PhD in Computer Science from University of Ljubljana (2011), Fulbright Scholar at Northeastern University (2009). Interdisciplinary research in bioimage informatics, large scale microscopy.