CLOSED!! NEW! Out of the Box! Visualize Your Science

Course Information

  • Thursday, May 17, 2018,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Friday, June 01, 2018,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Registration Opens
    January 31, 2018, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    April 17, 2018
    Course Fees
    This course is free of charge and for doctoral candidates and postdocs of the University of Basel only (min. 6, max. 10 participants).
    Dr. Sina Henrichs
    Evelyn Trutmann
    Marco Huber
    1 ECTS
    Organized by

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills Program
    GRACE Homepage


    Images, graphics, pictures are all around us. In science they offer an excellent tool to illustrate complex ideas in a simple way to wide range of audiences. However, researchers are not trained to visualize complex ideas for scientific communication and are often confronted to acquire these skills on their own.
    In order to develop first ideas to visual thinking of science, this comprehensive workshop offers hands-on approaches in visual communication for doctoral candidates and postdocs of all disciplines. Together with professionals in graphic visualization and web development, this training provides basics in visualization techniques and principles from the project idea to a first visual sketch. In this way the workshop will support young scientists to develop highly valued transferable competencies to enhance their professional portfolio.


    Participants who complete this comprehensive workshop will learn how to focus and describe a complex scientific project/idea in simple words, develop an outline for illustration and work on first visual sketches. During the workshop different designers and the according styles will be discussed to get an idea about different ways to illustrate.

    Day 1
    - Introduction
    - Techniques and tools for scientific visualization
    - Guided group work and illustration exercises

    Homework: develop a first visual sketch

    Day 2
    - Presentation of sketches
    - Feedback and revisions
    - Mentoring - Reflection on individual working styles

    What we DON`T DO
    - Learn graphic software in detail. Finalize the scientific visual.


    Ahead of the workshop participants are asked to return a short feedback about their expectation including a short description of the scientific project/idea of interest. This information will provide the base of the workshop set-up, the selection of exercises which helps the trainer to prepare potential visualizations. The submission will be required two weeks before the first day of the workshop.

    Participants will get a short introduction about visualization in science, followed by an introduction about techniques in illustration and visualization. With a minimum of theory participants should immediately begin to develop their own ideas to illustrate their scientific project/idea.
    Participants will prepare for the second day by working on their individual visual sketch. In advance of the second day`s activities they will send their material to the trainer in order to receive detailed feedback.

    On the second workshop day, participants will present and review their sketches together and receive personal feedback on their ideas. The output of this training is a professional concept how to further develop the scientific illustration.

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates & Postdocs

    About the Trainer

    Graphic Designers and Experts on the topic:

    Evelyn Trutmann
    Marco Huber

    Academic Chair:

    Sina Henrichs, Head of the Graduate Center, University of Basel


    1 ECTS – 25 hours (preliminary work: ~2 hours, workshop: 2 x 8 hours, follow up & home-work: ~2 x 2.5 hours)


    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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