Secrets of Impactful Poster Design & Presentation - online

Secrets of Impactful Poster Design & Presentation - online16.10.2023 09:00 - 12:00 (Mon)onlineEdwards, Mark
Secrets of Impactful Poster Design & Presentation - online17.10.2023 09:00 - 12:00 (Tue)onlineEdwards, Mark
Secrets of Impactful Poster Design & Presentation - online25.10.2023 09:00 - 12:00 (Wed)onlineEdwards, Mark

 Before booking a workshop, please make sure that you can attend for the entire duration and save the dates. When participants do not show up or cancel on a very short notice, other interested parties are denied a chance to participate. 


For doctoral researchers of all disciplines.


A guide to the essential steps to designing a powerful poster. What has visual impact – and what to avoid. Practical, easy-to-apply tips to create a professional standard of output. Integrating the principles of visual communication to poster design, and the course leader’s recommendation for easiest software to learn.

  • Starting right: writing and editing the text to provide a powerful focus
  • Essentials of visual logic
  • Finding the optimum layout
  • Principles of ‘Grid Design’
  • Software tools: Powerpoint, Adobe illustrator, Corel Draw
  • Powerpoint techniques and brief top tips tutorial
  • Use of Imagery: What works, and what doesn’t – with examples
  • Graphic Design or hand-drawn illustration?
  • Photoshop and other photo-manipulation software
  • How to test the poster and obtain feedback
  • Creating Interactive (e.g. PICO) academic posters



Using a lively mix of practical exercises, software tutorial, discussion, and group work this course examines the essentials of creating an impactful and memorable poster design. On the third day of this course, which follows one week after the first two, the participants each have the opportunity to present a poster in an online environment for the feedback of the group.

If there are free spots, we also allow postdocs to participate.


For workshops held online, participation is allowed under the following conditions: a working camera that is turned on and a microphone to allow active participation in discussions and group work. Headphones must also be used to protect other participants from office eavesdroppers. In this context, we would also like to refer to the rules for digital courses at Freie Universität Berlin (Code of Conduct).




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Mark Edwards