“Great atmosphere, great opportunity, very helpful!”

IZKF, UniKlinikum Erlangen, March 2023

“From the very first steps on day 1, this workshop helped a lot.”

IZKF, UniKlinikum Erlangen, March 2023

“It was very well organized having the Zoom day for preparing and the face-to-face day to learn how to present in a very nice and helpful atmosphere.”

IZKF, UniKlinikum Erlangen, March 2023

“The booklet is full of resources and useful tips.”

IZKF, UniKlinikum Erlangen, March 2023

“The feedback for your workshop has been excellent… The students made a lot of progress during the sessions and your friendly and supportive attitude gave them the confidence they needed to perform well during the evaluation.”

RTG Vice-Spokesperson, RTG2339, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen; University of Regensburg, December 2021

“I really liked the course. I feel way more confident in preparing a poster now. The atmosphere was also great – couldn’t be better.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, November 2021

“I highly appreciated the workshop. The interactive format of the course is really helpful.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, November 2021

“Surpassed my expectations!”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, November 2021

“The workshop was super great, it genuinely helped a lot. I loved it.”

GRK2504 ‘Novel antiviral approaches’, University Hospital Erlangen, October 2020

“Having the handout with all the tips and resources will be very useful when preparing posters in the future.”

GRK2504 ‘Novel antiviral approaches’, University Hospital Erlangen, October 2020

Making an
impact with
your poster

An engaging conference poster is not only an effective means of communicating research, it can also be a powerful networking tool. However, many researchers have little training in this medium, leading to posters that can be visually unattractive, wordy and over-complicated. BETA training helps participants create a poster that will make an impact, maximising opportunities to arouse interest and make new contacts.

All courses are available online
All courses are available online
This workshop takes participants through the process of creating a research poster. It begins with guidance on developing an initial concept based on individual research stories and the target audience. Participants are then introduced to key techniques in scripting, layout and design. Finally, they learn how to develop a 60-90 second elevator pitch and deliver this to their peers.
Target group
Post-graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty members. Training can be provided for both individuals and small groups (max. 10) from a post-graduate programme, research group or university department.
Course content

The workshop consists of two key strands, one focusing on the scripting and design of the poster, and the other on delivery.

Scripting and design:

  • Knowing your audience
  • Identifying your key message
  • Selecting text content
  • Creating a layout
  • Designing the poster


  • Preparing to present
  • Making first contact
  • Establishing and maintaining contact
Participants are guided through the process of identifying their key message, creating a layout and preparing a first design. At each stage, they apply the ideas to their own project, generating a short script and sketching possible layouts. Numerous practical exercises in small groups create opportunities for discussion with peers and individual feedback. The focus then turns to delivery, with all participants having the opportunity to deliver a short elevator pitch. The small group size fosters a relaxed atmosphere in which participants can feel comfortable trying out new techniques.
Course Format/Duration

This workshop typically consists of eight 90-minute units, although this can be modified according to individual requirements. Whilst the format is flexible, two options are particularly popular:


The standard format consists of two 90-minute units per day over four days (e.g. Monday to Thursday, 09:00-12:15). This provides opportunity for practice and consolidation of ideas during the afternoon

This format comprises two full days (e.g. 09:00-16:30). This option is appropriate for those with limited time available.