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Graphical Abstracts – Visualize Your Science! – Online Course


20. April 2021 09:00 – 20. April 2021 17:00
30. April 2021 09:00 – 30. April 2021 17:00


This workshop deals with the visualization of scientific ideas and projects. Just 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: be it in a thesis defense, a conference talk or a poster; a graphical abstract captures the viewer's attention, explains the science and will be remembered.
However, visualizing complex scientific ideas can be tricky. Where do I start? How do I organize the content? What is important, what can be left out? How can abstract terms be visualized?
This course leads you through the different steps of creating a graphical abstract and includes an introduction into vector graphics.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After the course, you will

  • know a systematic approach how to generate a graphical abstract,
  • be able to visually structure your project,
  • know resources and approaches to visualize abstract terms,
  • be able to digitally create custom vector graphics and icons in LibreOffice Draw,
  • understand the concept of vector graphics (which is transferable to more professional software like Adobe Illustrator),
  • know graphic design basics like the intentional use of color, line thickness, typography etc.,
  • know about different graphic styles and settle on your own style, and
  • have created a graphical abstract for your project.

Didactic Methods

Presentation, practical exercises, trainer input, group work


You are requested to install the latest stable version of LibreOffice (at least Impress and Draw) for use in the workshop. Please plan approximately four hours for individual work between the two days of the course.

To participate in the online course, you need a PC/laptop with a current browser (recommended: Chrome or Firefox) as well as a headset (or speakers and a microphone), possibly a webcam, and a stable Internet connection.

Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.


April 20, 2021, 9 am–5 pm, and
April 30, 2021, 9 am–5 pm

Target group

Doctoral candidates and postdocs from the life and natural sciences


Maximum number of 12 participants
Internal 50 EUR
External 150 EUR


At , deadline April 6, 2021
We kindly ask you to confirm your registration to make it binding. You may cancel your registration up to twelve days before the beginning of the course without providing specific reasons. Thereafter, you will be required to pay the attendance fee even if you do not attend the course.


Dr. Susanne Berger,

Event Organizer

MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Doctoral Program for Life and Natural Sciences