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Communicating science comprehensibly through visualizations
Oct. 09, 2019, 09:00 - 17:00
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Bldg. 20.30, room 4.048

Scientific research is often difficult to comprehend for individuals both outside the respective discipline and academia in general, particularly if it is communicated solely in technical terms. However, in times in which it becomes ever more important for scientists to exchange information across disciplinary boundaries and with the public, it is vital that they know communication tools that help non-specialist audiences to gain a better understanding of their research. Given that humans generally process and store visual information (e.g. images, sketches) more effectively than text-based information, we focus on techniques that allow you to graphically present your research topics.


This two-day seminar introduces participants to basic design principles and methods. It will focus on their ability to generate clear and engaging visualizations of data and scientific information. Moreover, participants will practice specific visualization techniques and tools that allow them to translate their own research projects into comprehensible, visual stories. One topic will be applied in a simple infographic.


In particular, the following topics are covered: 

• The nomenclature of styles for scientific figures

• Basic design principles for visualisations

• Paper, presentation, poster: Different aims and visual requirements

• Defining the essential aspects of your research: Finding your own core message

• Achieving more: Planning the design of infographics 


The seminar will be held in English and run for two days, on October 9 and 10, 2019.


This seminar is open to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers at KIT who are KHYS members.

Costs/ Payment 50 Euro for members of KHYS (Please note: the participation fee will be collected by the National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik). You will thus receive a request for payment from NaWik before the event.)
Chris Spatschek (NaWik)
Dr. Stefan Götze
Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Straße am Forum 3
76131 Karlsruhe
Tel: +49 721 608-46186
Fax: +49 721 608-46222
Mail:weiterbildungZjp6∂khys kit edu
Scientific Staff, Young Scientists
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