Create scientific posters with impact


When you go about a poster presentation the wrong way, your poster will drown amid the hundreds of others. You, yourself will be utterly bored standing next to your poster twiddling your thumbs. But things can be different.

In this workshop, given by Toon Verlinden (The Floor is Yours), we will walk you through the steps on how to build a scientific poster through exercises, examples and short presentations. We will strive for a poster that is clear and engaging and will bring you and your audience the greatest value.

Among others, the workshop will discuss:

  • How to grab the attention? (Why should the audience listen to you?)
  • Telling your story in 1 minute.
  • How to structure your poster?
  • Getting a lengthy paper on a compact poster.
  • Examples of awesome research posters.
  • Where do you find professional images?
  • How to design a scientific poster.

During the workshop you will get to work on your own poster. So take the draft / semi-final result you already have with you to the workshop! After the workshop you will have to send a new version of your poster to the trainer after which you will receive individual feedback.

Learning outcomes

After attending this training, participants should be able to...

  • pitch their research in a short and clear way,
  • know their key message and be able to use it to their advantage,
  • make a scientific poster that is clear and well designed, but still has the right content,
  • get more interaction and contacts out of scientific poster presentations.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • academic research competences:
    • information management
    • publication skills
    • valorisation
  • interpersonal competences:
    • oral communication
    • presentation skills
    • written communication


For whom?

  • PhD students
  • 15 places available

When and where?

  • May 26, 2021 - 10:00-12:00: workshop
  • This workshop will be organized digitally. You will receive the necessary details timely.
  • June 2, 2021: deadline sending in a new final version of your poster.
  • By the end of June, 2021: receive personal video feedback on your poster.


  • Don't forget to take your laptop with you.


  • Registration is closed since April 27, 2021.
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email in due time.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'research management & communication skills' - workshop aimed at developing general research skills
  • DS HLS: category 'transferable skills' - half of a compulsory elective course
  • DS ST: category 'scientific and generic communication' - course about scientific and generic communication