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Online Course – 6th Edition

Naturalistic and Scientific Illustration 1: Traditional Techniques

January 25th-29th, 2021

Scientific communication

Scientific Communication

This course will be delivered ONLINE: 12 hours of online live lessons,  plus 7 hours of recorded lessons, and 16 hours of  participants working on their own, with tutored drawing exercises. A good internet connection is required to follow the course.

Course Naturalistic and Scientific Illustration

Course overview

This course offers a broad introduction to scientific illustration applied to Biological Sciences, and to a lesser degree, Palaeontology.

Practical examples will be selected based on the applicants’ interests and suggestions. This course is of intermediate level, some basic experience with illustration is recommended.


This course is of intermediate level, some basic experience with illustration is recommended.

All participants must have a computer (Windows, Macintosh)  Webcam and headphones are strongly recommended, as well as a good internet connection.




This course will be delivered LIVE ONLINE.


Monday 25th, Wednesday 27th and Friday 29th of January: 15:00 to 19:00 online live lessons (GMT+1).

The rest of the time will be taught with recorded classes and assignments, to be done between the live sessions the week of the course.


January 25th-29th, 2021




35 hours online.

This course is equivalent to 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.


Places are limited to 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Oscar Sanisidro instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Oscar Sanisidro
Kansas University / Universidad de Alcalá de Henares
United States of America / Spain


  • Drawing basics: Halftone rendering, textures, transparency object shadows, reflected light and cast shadows.
  • Drawing tools and media:
    • Line and ink: Basic techniques, rendering styles.
    • Pencil: Basic techniques, examples.
    • Carbon dust.
    • Scratchboard.
    • Color.
  • Examples and subjects of scientific illustration.
    • Illustrating plants, animals and geological features.
    • Illustrating animals in their habitats.
  • References in scientific illustration.
    • Use of 3D scanned specimens as a reference for scientific illustration.
    • Other sources of information: photography, microscopy, camera lucida.


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until November 30th, 2020):
  • 366 € *
    (292.80 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after November 30th, 2020):
  • 476 € *
    (380.80 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Price is VAT included.
    * Participants from companies/industry will have an extra charge of 100 €.

You can check the list of Ambassador Institutions. If you want your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com


Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the Course Fee. We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact courses@transmittingscience.com).

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Ambassador Institutions). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Unemployed scientists living in the country were the course will be held, as well as PhD students based in that country without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.


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