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How to design scientific figures in the natural and life sciences

What is the first thing we scientists look at in scientific articles or on posters? It‘s the figures.
But they are not only eye-catchers: they also convey information in a density words could never reach. Because figures are so powerful in communicating scientific data, extra care should be taken when designing them. Good design helps to create intuitively understandable figures, while bad design obscures their meaning. In this workshop you will learn basic design rules and how to apply those to your figures. This knowledge will enable you to communicate your research more efficiently.
With the help of many examples you will learn what works and what does not in figure design. Explaining the ways of how our brains perceive visual information common pitfalls will be discussed and useful guidelines will be introduced. Topics covered include for example the optimal use of color, visual layering, the use of labels and arrows as well as the appropriate choice of data representation.
These universal concepts can be transferred to all kinds of scientific figures – from maps, diagrams or plots to schematic visualizations. You can bring your own figures or, alternatively, a figure from your field. We will work with those, giving you the opportunity to directly apply your new theoretical knowledge to improve your figure.
You will have the opportunity to specify your needs in a questionnaire beforehand and requests will be incorporated in the workshop if possible. During the workshop short and interactive lectures provide the theoretical background. They alternate with exercises and group discussions. You will receive extensive feedback for your own figure from the group and the trainer.


Seminarzentrum D2, Raum 3, Bergheimer Straße 58, Eingang Fehrenzstraße


Wednesday, 21.06.2017, 09:00 - 17:00 Uhr
Thursday, 22.06.2017, 09:00 - 13:00 Uhr


Dr. Susanne Mükusch

Target Group

Number of participants

Max. 12 Personen


15 €

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