RUB Research School

Pr_01: ONLINE Designing Effective Academic Posters: Clear at glance!

For doctoral researchers from all research fields | Level all

Online workshop

Date: 13.03.2024
Time: 09.00 - 16.00 hrs incl. breaks
Trainer: Birgit Lukowski
Language: English
Participants: max. 12 persons
Credit Point: acknowledged with 0,25 CP for the doctoral training programme of RUB RS Certificate

Course Description

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 content structure, 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 required paper or digital poster format.

Basic rules of graphic design and layout techniques will help you to present your work in a visually well-structured and compelling way. The training shows you how to present your research efficiently and provides enough time to put directly into practice what you have learned.


  • Essentials of visual communication: main message, target group, objective, intended impact, purpose 
  • Content structure – preparing text and images 
  • Basic design principles: typography, colour, proportional balance, visualization, composition, etc.
  • Corporate Design
  • Setting up and working with poster templates
  • Professional layout technique – poster design with grid and columns

Preparation for the workshop:

Participants are asked to bring the material (texts, pictures, graphics, etc.) of their current research project or recently designed posters as well as to keep PowerPoint (or a comparable software) ready on their laptops.s


Birgit Lukowski is a professional communication designer and author and trainer of workshop formats focusing on visual communication, graphic design, and presentation skills.

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