We all do excellent research that deserves to be presented in the best possible way. This course is open for you who want to improve your skill in drawing figures, making posters and visually conveying your research more effectively to both your peers and to the general audience.
As fluent as we may be in writing or talking about our science and results, we may still lack one essential element of scientific communication in our repertoire: the translation of our work into clear, pedagogic images and figures.
The goal with the course is to teach you basic skills that will make you comfortable to do figures that are clear and crisp, posters that outshine your neighboring fellow posters and presentations that keep your audience awake.
This is the same course as the ones that are registered as official PhD-courses at
But now it is all online for your convenience!
You only need to attend each meeting once.
The course is all online where theory and drawing tutorials always are available (as video, text, quizes etc. The feedback sessions will all be "live" web meetings in groups of 4 or 6.
After you have registered for the course you will get access codes to the course online school and the communication central.
Each online module consists of 20 - 40 minute video lectures. You will also get access to all slides and source files.
You can watch the online tutorials as many times you want. You will also have access to the material as long as you would like to.
“Great course! Very relevant for PhD students! I managed to win a poster-prize with my “almost” finalized poster”
“I had high expectations from the start, but the course was even better than my expectations”
“I cannot say with certainty but I feel these skills are EXTREMELY useful for ALL presenters of any kind”
“A very nice and informative course, it should really be mandatory for all PhD-students. I enjoyed every part of it”
Linus von Fieandt
"It’s excellent course which is good base for every scientist. It’s very important to explain to people how to show difficult data in the best and easy way. Ideas and tricks which I learned helped me to make good pictures, that is really nice. My supervisor asked me to make and improve other people pictures so I can see as much I learnt during this short time.”
“I am completely satisfied with the course. I learned what I wanted to learn, its more than I have expected. Thanks a lot for this course”
The course is intended for PhD students who are interested in improving their drawing skills and producing posters that outshine all other posters; images that are simple but yet informative, result graphs that are effective and clear, and graphical abstracts that are self- explanatory. The course is based on drawing and not coding.
Q. Is this course the same as the ones taught on Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Stockholm), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU, Uppsala)?
A. Yes it is, but now as online for your convenience!
Q. How could you say that the course is equivalent to 4 ECTS
A. I have given the course since 2011. I have asked more than 200 students how much credits the course should be worth in relation to the time spent to complete the course. The average amount of credits is 4.32.
Q. Hmm, you represent a company, could you really examine and give me the credits?
A. Of course not, but if you complete the course I will give you a certificate that clearly states the amount of work you have done in time. This certificate could then be used to get ECTS credits but your supervisor/resonsible must be the examinator. So far, more than 400 students have completed the course and received their certificate. If you will run in to problems, please let me know.
Q. Why does it cost 575 €, I thought all PhD courses should be free of charge
A. I wish that all courses were free as well but since I am doing this for a living I need to charge for the course. I do everything I can to keep the cost as low as possible.
Q. Why does it only cost 575 €? These kind of courses often cost thousands of Euros. Do I get any personal feedback at all?
A. You will get lots of personal feedback both from me and fellow students. The reason why I don't charge thousands of Euros is because I think that it is better this knowledge should be accessible to as many researchers as possible.
Q. Is this some easily earned credits? I mean, I pay a registration fee, then you must be happy and just let me pass?
A. Absolutely not, In order to pass and complete the course you must do all the assignments, attend all face-to-face sessions and complete all on-line modules. It is equivalent to 3 weeks of full time work.
Q. What will happen if I cannot complete the course this time?
A. No problem, you will get another chance to complete the course next time the course is given, free of charge of course. This happens quite often among my students, don't worry.
Q. How could I pay for the course?
A. I prefer that your supervisor/institution pay the registration fee. You could pay by invoice or directly on-line when the course opens.
Q. How long time do I have access to the online material?
A. You will have access to the material for life (or as long as you would like to). I will also update the material so you always have the most recent information about science visualization.
Q. What is Visualize your Science?
A. Visualize your Science AB is a company based in Espoo Finland (FO: 2754269-4), It was founded by Andreas Dahlin in April 2016. Visualize your Science AB helps scientists to communicate their research more effectively with better images, illustrations, visualizations and animations.
Andreas Dahlin has a PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Uppsala university from 2005. He thereafter worked as a project leader and researcher in an interdisciplinary project at Uppsala university where his group developed a new microdialysis catheter for clinical use. He has always been interested in presenting science with high quality, pedagogical images.
In 2011, he started a PhD-course at Uppsala university with the name Visualize your Science where he shows tips and tricks on how students could visually communicate their research more effectively to both the general audience and peers. The course quickly became the most popular, non-mandatory graduate course at Uppsala university. So far, more than 40 students have won poster prizes in international conferences.
In the beginning of 2016, Andreas founded Visualize Your Science AB (Visualizeyourscience.com) and decided to dedicate all his time to help researchers become better science communicators using illustrations, visualizations and animations.