Show, don't tell: Creating visuals about your research


Communication skills

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


The learning objectives for this course are as follows:

1. The ability to recognise and select appropriate images (icons, illustrations and photographs) for use in scientific communication.
2. Knowledge about the four main types of images (icons, illustrations, photos and graphics, and being able to decide which type to use in which situation.
3. Knowing the difference between vector and bitmap illustrations, and being able to decide which type and which file format to use in which situation.
4. Being able to take photographs to communicate about one's own research.
5. Basic knowledge of the most important types of graphs (bar chart, line chart, pie chart and scatter diagram), and when to use them.
6. Being able to use photo editing software to scale, crop and rotate images.
7. Using photo editing software to adjust the brightness, contrast and white balance of images, and to remove errors and backgrounds.
8. Ability to use graphics software to combine images and text.
9. The ability to formulate an appropriate title and caption which support the message of the image.
10. Knowledge of the legal and ethical aspects of photo use and editing, and be able to apply them correctly.
11. The ability to use images in the creation of graphic abstracts and scientific posters.


By the end of this workshop you will have covered 4 themes:

1. Elements of a strong image

2. Types of images

3. Editing images

4. Visualization of scientific research

  • Day 1: The use of images in scientific communication

•    Part I: Elements of a great visual (theme 1)
•    Part II: Types of visuals (theme 2)

  • Day 2: Creating, editing and using images

•    Part III: Editing visuals (theme 3)
•    Part IV: Visualizing your research (theme 4)

    Time schedule & Venue

    Course code

    Dates  2022-2023

    (1 course = 2 x 1 day)

    Time Format
    CV-2223-01 18 + 25 October 2022 09:00-17:00 On campus (Pand, Priorzaal, Onderbergen 1, Gent)
    CV-2223-02 6 + 13 December 2022 09:00-17:00 On campus (Pand, Priorzaal, Onderbergen 1, Gent)

    Registration fee

    Free of charge for members of the Doctoral Schools. The no show policy applies.

    Registration procedure

    Use the following registration link.

    If the course is fully booked, please send an email to and ask to be added to the waiting list by mentioning your student number and the course code of your choice. Cancellation of your registration can only performed by sending an e-mail to


    All PhD students; no previous knowledge required


    Koen Van den Eeckhout (Baryon design)

    Teaching and learning material


    Teaching methods

    Interactive workshop

    Number of participants




    Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

    100% active participation & home assignment (2 to 4 hours)