Making an academic poster

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Many academic conferences, whether they are conducted in-person or online, often include poster sessions where researchers present their latest projects and studies through visual presentations. However, it is crucial to understand how to design an academic poster that effectively communicates the research without overwhelming the audience with a dense block of text. Creating an impactful poster requires more than simply condensing research findings onto an A1 sheet of paper. Posters rely on a distinct mode of visual communication compared to academic papers. Ideally, the combination of graphics and text should complement each other, enabling clear presentation of the key aspects of the research and fostering genuine engagement with the audience.a 

Course information

ECTS: 1.5
Number of sessions: 2
Hours per session: 4 (session 1), max 1,5 (session 2)

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What will you achieve?

  • After this workshop you will understand the fundamentals of converting your manuscript or your paper into a poster.
  • After this workshop you will have the ability to concept the design of your poster to avoid a wall of text poster.
  • After this workshop you will get to know several design tools to make your poster.

Start dates

Session 1
April 5 (Friday) 2024
Mandeville building (campus map), room T19-01

Session 2
April 19 (Friday) 2024
Mandeville building (campus map), room T19-01

Aims and working method

Throughout this two-day course, participants will gain knowledge of the basic principles involved in transforming a manuscript or paper into a poster. Additionally, they will explore topics such as visual communication and the conceptualization of poster designs suitable for conferences. The course is structured to include interactive lectures and hands-on assignments, ensuring an engaging and practical learning experience.

Target group

This course is designed for individuals with no previous experience in design or poster design, making it suitable for beginners. Therefore, prior knowledge of visual design is not a prerequisite for this course. Its primary focus is on PhD candidates who intend to present their work through a poster at a conference. 

How to prepare

In order to actively participate in this course, you are expected to prepare:

  • A paper or article you would like to turn into a poster. It could be your own paper or other papers.
  • Bring a laptop in the first session. Ensure it is installed with MS PowerPoint at least.  
  • If you do not have access to a laptop, please include this in the comment section of the enrolment form.

Session descriptions

  • Common pitfalls & quick wins
  • Converting writing into graphic design
  • Introductory to some design tools for designing a poster

  • Opportunities for interaction in a poster-demo conference
  • Evaluating poster concept design


  • Portrait of Novika Purnama Sari
    Novika Purnama Sari received her PhD at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) in which her projects were embedded into Generation R Cohort Study Erasmus Medical Centre (EMC). Starting in August 2023, she began her position as an assistant professor at the University of Groningen (RUG). In 2020-2021 she contributed as the chair of PhD Council in Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities (ESGH). She also received the Best Poster Award, in 2019 and 2022, by Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities (EGSH). Previously, she gained professional experience in a Danish design company as a project manager. In this role, her responsibility revolved around ensuring that clients received design outcomes that met their expectations. She served as the intermediary between customers and designers, receiving instructions and feedback from clients, and collaborating with the design team to achieve the desired design outcomes.


Telephone: +31 10 4082607 (Graduate School).

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  • free for PhD candidates of the Graduate School
  • € 300,- for non-members

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