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How to Design an

Award-Winning Scientific Poster

The Online Course

with Dr Tullio Rossi

Poster Design Online Course

Learn at your own pace and arm yourself with the tools, templates, skills and knowledge to create your own award-winning scientific posters.

Why a Poster Design Course?

It’s clear: every scientific poster you’ve seen has been a confusing and yawn-inducing wall-of-text.


You know you need something different: a poster that is as innovative, intelligent and interesting as your work.


But where do you start?


Join Dr Tullio Rossi, Director of Animate Your Science and award-winning science communicator, on a thorough and engaging journey of clear and effective poster design.

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From choosing the appropriate software to mastering negative space, take control of your reader’s experience and be remembered.


Learn at your own pace and arm yourself with the tools, templates, skills and knowledge to create your own award-winning scientific posters.

After all, great posters start great conversations.

So, shine a light on your work and stand out from the crowd of boring wall-of-text posters with an eye-catching, engaging and effective scientific poster.

Your Transformation


Being unfamiliar with design principles


Designing clear, beautiful and eye-catching posters


Ignored at poster sessions


Noticed and remembered


Looking like a beginner


Looking like a pro


Designing ineffective posters


Making valuable connections thanks to your great poster

Course Outline

33 video lessons | 3 hours of learning | templates & downloads

Module 1: Course Introduction

1.1 About the Instructor

1.2 Course Overview

Module 2: What are Scientific Posters?

2.1 Why are Most Scientific Posters so Bad?

2.2 What is the Purpose of a Scientific Poster?

2.3 How to Make it Easy for People to Contact You?

Module 3: How to Write Scientific Posters

3.1 Define Your Target Audience

3.2 Should a Poster Include an Abstract?

3.3 Should a Poster Include References?

3.4 How to Make Sure Your Poster Tells a Story

3.5 Writing Your Poster

3.6 How to Title Your Poster

Module 4: How to Design Scientific Posters

4.1 How to Make Your Poster Eye-Catching

4.2 Layout: How to Structure Your Poster

4.3 How to Use Negative Space

4.4 How to Visualise Data

4.5 Which Colours to Use and Avoid in Your Poster

4.6 Which Font Should I Use?

4.7 Bitmap vs. Vector Graphics

4.8 Which Software is Best?

4.9 Where to Find Free Images and Graphics?

4.10 How to Use Photos on Posters

4.11 Is the “Better Poster” Really Better?

4.12 FREE Poster Templates & Summary Infographic

Module 5: ePosters, Interactivity and Graphical Abstracts

5.1 QR codes: How to Make Printed Posters Interactive

5.2 How to Make Your ePoster Interactive in PowerPoint

5.3 How to Create an Awesome Interactive ePoster in Canva

5.4 Is the Graphical Abstract the Evolution of the Scientific Poster?

5.5 How a Poster Can Make you a Star

Module 6: How to Print Your Scientific Poster

6.1 How to Prepare for Print

6.2 Which Paper is Best?

Module 7: Bonus Content

7.1 Poster Critique: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

7.2 Old vs. New - the Debate

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About Your Instructor

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Hi! I'm Dr Tullio Rossi, award-winning science communicator, marine biologist and graphic designer. As Founder of the science communication agency “Animate Your Science”, I help researchers tell their story to the world. 


Our engaging video animations and eye-catching graphics make science understandable for everyone, reaching millions of people around the world, thereby creating a real-life impact. 


I have been giving poster design workshops for 4 years, and I'm excited to share my best knowledge and tips with you in this online course!


"This course has given me the courage to go out and design the poster I want to present.

I'm sick of walls of text too, so I'm very excited to take the knowledge I've gained and apply it to my next poster production! Thank you, Animate Your Science."

Caz Whitehead

The University of Adelaide

Natália Bordin Andriguetti

The University of Adelaide

"I found this course extremely valuable. Tullio covers the basics of design, provides helpful hints and tips, practical advice and resources and all delivered in a super accessible way, with a touch of humour and a great accent.

Anyone wanting to design great scientific posters should take this course!"

Sophie Russell

The University of Adelaide

I wanted staff and students to learn from the best how to make compelling research posters, so I bulk purchased access to Animate Your Science's online course.


The feedback from the students has been excellent and so have been their new posters. 

Every graduate student should do this training!

Jack Hetherington

The University of Adelaide

Livia Padilha

The University of Adelaide

"I have never had an eye for design or a creative bone in my body.


However, this course has really helped me on the science of creating an eye-catching poster that anyone would be happy to see."

Mariana Couto Moniz

The University of Adelaide

The content of this poster design course is pitched perfectly. Tullio discusses and demonstrates software skills and techniques that will inspire your creativity if you have the interest in applying or learning them. 

A valuable course and I am looking forward to unleashing the lessons learned in my content creation.

Fiona Stopp

Practice Management Plus

Natalie Brown

The University of Adelaide

Very useful course. Not only for scientific poster design but to learn about how to effectively communicate my research.

Adriana Errico

University of Southern Queensland

🥈 Essential

 1 Year Online Course Access 
+ Basic PPT Poster templates


$99 USD 

one time purchase

  • One year access to the online course "How to Design an Award-Winning Scientific Poster"

  • Basic Power Point Poster templates ($25 value)

  • Summary Handout PDF

  • Poster Storytelling Template

🥇 Premium

Lifetime Online Course Access
+ Premium Poster Template Kit
+ Individualised feedback
+ Community Access

$199 USD

one time purchase

You’ll get everything in Essential plus

  • Lifetime access to the online course "How to Design an Award-Winning Scientific Poster"($199 value)

  • Lifetime access to the AYS Visual Science Community where you'll be able to ask questions, share your wins and get inspired from other students ($79 Value)

  • Individualised Feedback on your poster draft from the AYS team via the AYS Visual Science Community  ($79 value)

  • 4 x Premium Poster Templates (PowerPoint, AI, SVG, EPS format) ($49 value)

  • 20 Curated Colour Schemes

  • 50 Scientific Icons

  • Curated list of 15 poster-friendly fonts

🎓 Institution

Fully customisable to the needs
of your students and staff


Bulk discounts available

  • Everything in Essential or Premium 

  • Optional:

    • Group poster feedback sessions 

    • Bundles with our other courses and workshops

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Money Back Guarantee


We are so confident in our content that if, for any reason, you are not satisfied with the course, we offer a 100% money back guarantee.

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