Visual Universitätsmedizin Mainz

Effective Visual Communication of Science (Online)

Course Objective:

Aim: You will learn to effectively communicate your own scientific ideas and results by applying best visual communication practices to your research communication. You will understand the principles and useful design approaches used by experts. You will get actionable advice and feedback on your own pre-submitted materials. It is an immersive webinar, structured, easy to follow, memorable, useful and fun.

Takeaway: You will get feedback on a selection of your figures, slides and posters submitted ahead of the webinar. In an exercise, you will draw a sketch of your research (a graphical abstract) and discuss it with other participants.



  • Communicating with scientific vs non-scientific audiences
  • Visual perception and what humans find intuitive
  • Layout: a global structure that simplifies comprehension
  • Eye-flow: effortlessly guide the audience through the design
  • Colors: how to amplify, not ‘fancify’
  • Feedback and discussion on your pre-submitted figures
  • Graphical abstract drawing exercise & group work: draw a sketch of your research and get feedback from peer scientists and the facilitator


  • Slides that amplify your messages when presenting
  • Feedback and discussion on your pre-submitted slides
  • Posters: strategy and process for creating posters that attract and explain
  • Feedback and discussion on your posters

Target audience:
TransMed's doctoral candidates, postdocs, and clinician scientists

Maximum number of participants: 20


  • Interactive webinar: fundamentals, real examples, and practical advice
  • Q&A discussion: we try to solve the most pressing issues you have with your science communication

Preparation: ahead of the webinar, you submit your science communication materials, and the trainer prepares a selection. During the training you will get suggestions on how to improve your own materials from the presenter and peers.

Technology: Zoom
Please check that your PC meets the requirements beforehand (microphone, camera, Internet connection).  

Next workshop: To be announced
Day 1: 9:00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. with a long lunch break and many short breaks
Day 2: 9:00 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. with many short breaks

For the workshop 1.2 CP for transferable skills training can be credited.


Ivonne Dietzel
Program Coordinator
Bldg. 907, Room 01-212
University Medical Center
Langenbeckstr. 1
55131 Mainz

Tel. +49 6131 17-7631