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Online Course – 1st Edition

Visual Skills for Communicating your Science

October 24th-27th, 2022

This course will be delivered live online

This course will be taught using a combination of live (synchronous) sessions on Zoom and tasks to be completed in between live sessions on the Slack platform.

Live sessions will be recorded. Recordings will be made available to participants for a limited period of time. However, attendance to the live sessions is required.

Course Visual Skills for Communicating your Science

Course overview

Visuals have a key role in scientific communication. Visuals can make scientific knowledge accessible, attractive, and clear for the audience. This course will provide you with the necessary skills to create effective visual materials to communicate science, a toolkit to improve your designs at the service of scientific dissemination and outreach.

This course is designed to enhance the attendees’ ability to use the power of images for scicomm. We will address basic graphic design principles applied to the communication of scientific concepts, we will explore a variety of visual formats with practical examples on how to design social media posts, posters, slides, figures that stand out. You will walk-through design resources and tools that will be a game-changer for your future work!

Learning outcomes:

  • Illustration and Science: Building Bridges
  • Sketching and Planning
  • How to make it look better. Tips for scientists: do’s and don’ts
  • Boosting your presentations, figures, posts…
  • Visually Communicate your work to different audiences
  • Get new visual/design skills

See the full program here


The participants will not need any skills/experience in art or graphic design.

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




October 24th-27th, 2022

Schedule and Course length

Online live sessions from Monday 24th to Thursday 27th of October; from 15:00 to 19:00 (Madrid time zone).

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

25 hours

16 hours of online live lessons, plus 9 hours of  participants working on their own, with tutored exercises.

Live sessions will be recorded. However, attendance to the live sessions is required.

This course is equivalent to 1 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 15 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

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

Cirenia Arias Baldrich instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Cirenia Arias Baldrich


Haris Saslis coordinator for Transmitting Science

Dr. Haris Saslis

Transmitting Science

Maria Ariza course coordinator at Transmitting Science

María Ariza

Transmitting Science


  • Introduction
  • Visual communication of science, applications and examples.
  • Planning:
    • Reading a story, delivering the message.
    • Who’s your audience, what is the media
  • Graphic design principles. Application in scientific communication.
  • Alignment, grids, etc.
  • Fonts. Tips and where to get them.
  • Stock images.
  • Color Palettes. A bit of the theory, and tools online.
  • Practical exercise on color palettes.
  • Licensing your work? CC.
  • Diagrams design Tips.
  • Posters design Tips.
  • Presentations Design Tips.
  • Tools for creating your own graphics:
    • PPT with tricks? Vector software? Canva?
  • Exporting files.
  • Final personal project, reviewing them and commenting them.


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until September 30th, 2022):
  • 446 €
    (356.8 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after September 30th, 2022):
  • 496 €
    (396.8 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • The price is VAT included.
    After registration you will receive confirmation of your acceptance in the course. Payment is not required during registration.

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


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