Visual Communication Workshops for Scientists

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Students and researchers

On-site workshops (1 or 2 days),
interactive and hands-on, already at
80+ institutions in 19 countries.

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Participants send their publications in advance and we comment and work on their materials during the event.

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Lectures, drawing exercises, group work and discussions

Hands-on and interactive

Unique learning experience

  • Comprehensive
    We discuss the principles underlying every kind of visual communication and then apply them to scientific papers, slides, posters, and project proposals. This gives the participants the fundamentals which work in all types of science communication.
    We also discuss communicating with non scientists.
  • Hands-on
  • Personalized
  • Transferable skills for academia, industry and government

What the workshop looks like

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Workshop Content • Effective Visual Communication of Science

Through understanding how human visual perception works, you will learn how to visually communicate your complex research ideas and results so your messages are effortlessly understood by any specific audience (scientists or non scientists). We will apply the principles in an exercise where you will draw a graphical abstract of your research and get feedback from peer researchers.

On the 2nd day, we will discuss how to apply these principles to various means of scientific communication. We will start from purpose and goal and then conceive a strategy on how to visually develop our messages for specific means of communication.

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Day 1 Essential visual communication

🎤 How to effectively communicate with specific scientific and non scientific audiences
🎤 Visual perception and what humans find intuitive
🎤 Visual organization: how to structure to simplify comprehension
🎤 Eye-flow: effortlessly guide the audience through the design
🎤 Colors: how to amplify, not ‘fancify’
🎤 Typography: how to choose and combine fonts for legibility and aesthetics
🎤 Visual consistency: how to make consistent style for multiple figures
🎤 General design advice: approaches used by professional science illustrators
🗨 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
🤝 Graphical abstract group work: give and receive feedback

Day 2 Applying visual communication

🎤 Conference posters: purpose, strategy and process for creating posters that attract and explain
🤝 Group work – posters feedback: give feedback and receive feedback from peers
🎤 Slides that don’t distract and amplify your messages when presenting
🗨 Feedback on slides: facilitator’s feedback on a selection of slides from participants
🎤 Grants/project proposals: how to structure and visually enhance a document to help the evaluator
🎤 Digital image file-types: compression, resolution and the best use of vector and raster images

Facilitated by a former scientist, engineer, photographer and Fulbright Scholar

Dr. Jernej Zupanc

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

Besides workshops, I consult on EU grants and am a member of the Slovenian Council for Science and Technology.
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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