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Graphical Abstracts – Visualizing Science!


17. March 2023 09:00 – 17. March 2023 17:00
31. March 2023 09:00 – 31. March 2023 17:00


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 conference talk, or on 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. Where do you start? How do you organize the content? What is important, and what can be left out? 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.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After the course, you will

  • be familiar with a systematic approach to generating a graphical abstract,
  • be able to visually structure your project,
  • be aware of resources and approaches to visualizing abstract concepts,
  • be able to digitally create custom vector graphics and icons in Affinity Designer,
  • understand the concept of vector graphics,
  • know the basics of graphic design such as the intentional use of color, line thickness, typography, etc.,
  • have learned about different graphic styles and have settled 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 Affinity Designer (free trial version available, you will receive instructions ahead of time) 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), a webcam, and a stable Internet connection.

Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required


March 17, 2023, 9 am–5 pm, and
March 31, 2023, 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


Please register until March 2, 2023 using the online registration form.


Dr. Susanne Berger

Event Organizer

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