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19 April 2024
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Visualizing Science: Graphical Abstracts

QPD module 3: Science communication and co-creation


This workshop deals with the visualization of scientific ideas and projects. Much 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 in a variety of contexts, be it in a thesis defense, a science communication talk or a poster. No matter what the context, a graphical abstract captures the viewer’s attention, explains the science, and will be remembered. However, visualizing complex scientific ideas can be tricky. How do you organize the content? How can abstract concepts be visualized? This course leads you through the different steps of creating a graphical abstract and includes an introduction to vector graphics.

This 2-day-workshop takes place on 19 & 26 April, 9am-17pm.


You are requested to install the latest stable version of Affinity Designer (free trial version available, you will receive detailed instructions in advance) for use in the workshop. Please plan approximately four to eight hours for individual work between the two days of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • You will be familiar with a systematic approach to generating a graphical abstract,
  • You are able to visually structure your project and to digitally create custom vector graphics and icons in Affinity Designer.
  • You know the basics of graphic design such as the intentional use of color, line thickness, typography, etc.
  • You have settled on your own style and have created a graphical abstract for your project.

Participation: The workshop is an offer for members of the Graduate Center for Doctoral Students.

Susanne Berger works as a freelancer in Visual Science Communication. Before, she obtained her PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Frankfurt.