Graphical Abstracts

Graphical Abstracts - Part 102.03.2023 09:00 - 17:00 (Thu)OnlineDr. Susanne Berger
Graphical Abstracts - Part 209.03.2023 09:00 - 17:00 (Thu)OnlineDr. Susanne Berger
Target group: 
PhD students
Elisabeth Weir

This workshop deals with the visualization of scientific ideas and projects. Just like the traditional abstract as a written summary of a journal article, the graphical abstract has made its way into scientific publications as a visual summary. Beyond that specific purpose it actually can be widely used: be it in a thesis defense, a conference talk or a poster; a graphical abstract captures the viewer's attention, explains the science and will be remembere

However, visualizing complex scientific ideas can be tricky. Where do I start? How do I organize the content? What is important, what can be left out? How can abstract terms be visualized?

This course leads you through the different steps of creating a graphical abstract and includes an introduction into vector graphics.

After the course, you will

- know a systematic approach how to generate a graphical abstract,

- be able to visually structure your project,

- know resources and approaches to visualize abstract terms,

- be able to digitally create custom vector graphics and icons in Affinity Designer

- understand the concept of vector graphics

- know graphic design basics like the intentional use of color, line thickness, typography etc.,

- know about different graphic styles and settle on your own style, and

- have created a graphical abstract for your project.

You are requested to install Affinity Designer (please wait for the information Email you will receive before the Workshop). Please plan approximately four hours of individual work between the two days of the course.

To participate in the online course, you need a PC/laptop with a current browser (recommended: Chrome or Firefox) as well as a headset (or speakers and a microphone), possibly a webcam, and a stable Internet connection.


About the tutor: 
Dr. Susanne Berger is a freelancing trainer, coach and illustrator. With her business „Visual Science Communication“ she helps scientists to effectively communicate their projects and ideas in visual media, such as graphical abstracts, data visualizations or posters. With her scientific background (PhD in biology) her main focus is always on the science behind the visuals. She loves to tackle the task on how to best design the visuals to clearly transfer the scientific message.