Graduate School of the Humanities (GSH)

Soft Skills
GSH Soft Skills | Überfachliche Kompetenzen

Scientific Visualization for Posters and Publications

Dienstag, 05.12.2017, 09:00 Uhr

Prof. Dr. Christina Ljungberg

Diese von der Graduate School of the Humanities am Walter Benjamin Kolleg organisierten Kurse zur Aneignung überfachlicher akademischer und berufsvorbereitender Kompetenzen stehen prioritär allen Doktorierenden der GSH sowie in zweiter Priorität der GSA offen. Freie Plätze können je nach Anmeldeeingang an weitere Doktorierende, MA-Studierende, Postdocs und externe Interessierte vergeben werden.

Veranstaltende: Graduate School of the Humanities | Walter Benjamin Kolleg
Redner, Rednerin: Dr. Sam Hertig, Hertig Visualizations, Bern
Datum: 05.12.2017
Uhrzeit: 09:00 - 17:00 Uhr
Ort: 05.12. F-104, 12.12. F-114
Lerchenweg 36
3012 Bern
Merkmale: Öffentlich

Course Description

Date:  Tuesday, December 5th and 12th, 9am – 5pm
Location: Unitobler, Lerchenweg 36, 3012 Bern
Room: December 5th, F-104
Room: December 12th, F-114

This workshop will introduce participants on how to efficiently create professional scientific visualizations for their research. We will discuss the reasons why – despite a wealth of computational tools to automatically generate plots and images – scientists have to be skilled at communicating science visually. We will learn a few approaches on how to turn complex concepts into easy-to-understand visuals. Just like grammar is necessary to understand a text, we will learn how to use graphic design principles to guide us in the process of visualization. We will then dive into a hands-on walk-through of a sample scientific illustration, and thus become acquainted with Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape. We will discuss a few workflows that scientists will often encounter: integration and modification of imagery from other sources, manipulation of pixel-based images (using Photoshop or Gimp), compositing, creating slides for presentations and providing context for existing visualizations. Participants are encouraged to work on a figure for a publication relevant to their research after the first day of the workshop. Feedback on individual figures will be provided on the second day of the workshop, followed by a session on scientific posters.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will know:

  • You will learn how to transform an idea or concept into a schematic illustration
  • You will know how to apply visual design principles to guide your graphics creation process
  • You will be able to transform out-of-the-box visualizations of your data into a figure ready to be submitted to a journal
  • You will learn about the specific pros and cons of posters and the poster creation workflow
  • You will know which technical pitfalls to avoid (file formats, color space, image resolution, text, etc.)

Den Flyer zu diesem Angebot findet Ihr im Anhang. Beschränkte Platzzahl.

Dr. Sam Hertig

Sam Hertig is a freelance specialist in scientific visualization. After a Masters degree in physics at Bern University and a PhD in computational biology at ETHZ, he moved to California to work on molecular modeling and visualization projects at UCSF and Stanford University. In 2016, he founded Hertig Visualizations and started creating graphics, videos and interactive visualizations for clients in industry and academia (


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