Out of the Box! Visualize Your Science

Course Information

  • Friday, October 11, 2019,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Friday, October 25, 2019,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Registration Opens
    August 7, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    September 27, 2019
    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).
    Evelyn Huber
    1 ECTS
    Organized by

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills
    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 (please bring printed)

    Day 2
    - Presentation of sketches
    - Individual feedback and revisions
    - Work on own sketch/project
    - 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 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. Participants are additionally asked to send and bring along their own existing material (printed or digital) as they will work on these concepts during both workshop days. 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 and a short presentation (5 minutes) to the trainer in order to receive detailed feedback.

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

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates & Postdocs

    About the Trainer

    Evelyn Huber


    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. For this workshop unexcused absence and cancellation of the workshop after the registration deadline leads to a penalty fee of CHF 30.00. (send an email to grace@unibas.ch). Please find the detailed regulations on the Transferable Skills Homepage.


    Universitätsbibliothek Basel, GRACE room 306 (3rd floor) Schönbeinstrasse 18-20, 4056 Basel

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