“Deborah is dedicated to great teaching and the course is awesome and fun.”

Göttingen Graduate Center for Neurosciences, Biophysics and Molecular Biosciences, January 2021

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

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

“It was hard for me to give the short pitch at the end, but I think this was really useful as it gave me a chance to put the course content into action.”

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

“I feel pretty comfortable about giving a poster presentation now.”

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

“I really enjoyed the two days and learned a lot! Thank you.”

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

“The workshop totally fulfilled my expectations and actually helped me more than I expected.”

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

“The course gave a clear overview of the entire process from designing the poster to delivery – it was very thorough.”

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

“Very useful workshop and very practical. Also a nice learning atmosphere. We all had fun working with you.”

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

“Very nice workshop. It helped me a lot. Now I know what to watch out for when preparing/presenting a poster.” GRK2504 ‘Novel antiviral approaches’, University Hospital Erlangen, October 2020

“The handout is super useful and a really good idea.”

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

“It was great that we had the chance to get involved in interactive exercises and it wasn’t purely theoretical.”

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

“Exceeded my expectations. Very interactive and systematic.”

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

Training:
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
Overview
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

Delivery:

  • Preparing to present
  • Making first contact
  • Establishing and maintaining contact
Method
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:

Standard:

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

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

Course fees
Course fees will vary according to the duration of the course and the number of participants involved. Fee for standard course (eight 90-minute units and 10 participants): €1400 + expenses (travel, accommodation, printing of handouts)
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