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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät

10.09.2018 Course "Scientific information design. Data visualization for figures, posters and slides"

  • Scientific Writing and Presenting
Wann 10.09.2018 von 09:00 bis 17:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200) iCal
Wo Mitte (address to be announced)

Trainer: Dr. Helena Jambor, MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden

Date: 10th September 2018, 9:00-17:00h

Target group: Doctoral candidates from their 2nd year onwards from all disciplines at our Faculty



Visual evidences are key for the scientific discourse in the life sciences. Yet, image preparation, molecular graphs and representation of statistical data is not part of the scientific curriculum.

In this one-day workshop, participants learn to understand and create clear scientific figures. We will discuss for example:

  • What data needs a figure
  • How to choose chart types
  • How not to lie - truthful data presentation?
  • How to increase the legibility by considering graphic design principles


We will discuss explorative and explanatory data visualizations, and also discuss how to adapt figures for posters, slides and publications and extensively discuss examples. The course includes lectures, exercises in small groups and discussion of individual data visualization challenges from the members of the group.

The course is a general training in scientific visual communication and data presentation.