CLOSED!! NEW! A Hands-on Introduction to Professional Scientific Posters

Course Information

  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018,
    9:00 AM till 12:30 PM
  • Registration Opens
    January 31, 2018, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    April 16, 2018
    Course Fees
    This course is free of charge and for doctoral candidates and postdocs of the University of Basel only (min. 6, max. 15 participants).
    Sam Hertig
    Organized by

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills Program
    GRACE Homepage


    • Participants will investigate how to apply visual design principles to guide their process of creating scientific graphics
    • Participants will learn what sets posters apart from other types of scientific communication
    • Participants will explore strategies on how to effectively communicate their research with a scientific poster
    • Participants will learn some useful tips and tricks about Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, applicable to scientific visualization
    • Participants will sharpen their awareness on which technical pitfalls to avoid (file formats, color spaces and image resolution, text, etc.)


    This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction on how to create effective posters and graphics to communicate scientific findings. We will explore some fundamental principles of graphic design and how they can be applied to scientific visualization. More specifically, we will examine how we can exploit these visual considerations when creating a scientific poster. We will actively work on crafting a poster in class, using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and learn how to integrate visual material from other software. The workshop is divided into three parts (one half-day each):
    1) Graphic design principles applied to scientific visualization and posters
    2) Hands-on poster creation walk-through
    – 2-week break (homework) –
    3) Feedback session on individual homework projects


    • Lectures
    • Group exercises
    • Software walk-through
    • Group feedback session for homework

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates & Postdocs interested in creating and presenting scientific posters

    About the Trainer

    Sam Hertig is a software engineer and specialist in scientific visualization. After a Masters degree in physics at Bern University and a PhD in computational biology at ETHZ, he moved to California to work on molecular modeling and visualization projects at UCSF and Stanford University. In 2016, he founded Hertig Visualizations and started creating graphics, videos and interactive visualizations for clients in industry and academia.


    Total 13 h - > 11 h teaching + homework (creation of a scientific poster or illustration related to participant’s research)


    Registrations will be processed according on a “first come, first served” principle. The course registration will be confirmed by email. The registration to a course makes the participation in the full training mandatory. A course can be cancelled up to five working days before its scheduled date (send an email to Participants failed to attend a course for which they registered, remaining absent form a course without an excuse or cancel less than five working days in advance will be excluded from the transferable skills programme for the following semester.
    Please find the detailed regulations on the Transferable Skills Homepage.


    Universitätsbibliothek Basel (UB) Schönbeinstrasse 18-20, 4056 Basel

    3rd Floor, GRACE Room 306

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