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Live Online Course – 2nd Edition

Visual Skills for Communicating your Science

March 20th-28th, 2023

Live sessions will be recorded

Course Visual Skills for Communicating your Science


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Course overview & Programme

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
  • 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.
  • Licensing your work? CC.
  • Diagrams, Posters, and Presentation design Tips.
  • Tools for creating your own graphics.
  • Exporting files.
  • Final personal project, reviewing them and commenting them.

Participants do not need any skills/experience in art or graphic design. Please download and preinstall inkscape (open source). You will also need some paper and something to draw with (any kind of pencil, ball pen, or marker).

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


Cirenia Arias Baldrich instructor for Transmitting Science

Dates & Schedule

March 20th-28th, 2023

15:00-19:00 (Madrid time zone)

Online live sessions on March 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th; 15:00 to 19:00 (Madrid time zone).

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

Total course hours: 25

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

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.



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.


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.

Maria Ariza course coordinator at Transmitting Science

María Ariza

Transmitting Science

Haris Saslis coordinator for Transmitting Science

Dr. Haris Saslis

Transmitting Science

Fees & Discounts

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until February 28th, 2023):
  • 465 €
    (372 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after February 28th, 2023):
  • 640 €
    (512 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Prices include VAT.
    After registration you will receive confirmation of your acceptance on the course.
    Payment is not required during registration.

We offer discounts on the Course Fee.

Discounts are not cumulative. Participants receive the highest appropriate discount.

We also offer the possibility of paying in two instalments. Please contact us to request this.

Former participants of Transmitting Science courses receive a 5% discount on the Course Fee.

20% discount on the Course Fee is offered to members of certain organisations (Ambassador Institutions). If you wish to apply for this discount, please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later). If you would like your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador Institution, please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com

Unemployed scientists, as well as PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, can benefit from a 40% discount on the Course Fee. This applies only to participants based in Spain. If you wish to ask for this discount, please contact us. The discount may apply for a maximum of 2 places, which will be covered by strict registration order.