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How to Design an
Award-Winning Scientific Poster

The Online Course

with Dr Tullio Rossi

How to design an award-winning poster online course with Dr Tullio Rossi - Animate Your Science

Transform Your Research Into a Visual Masterpiece: Experience our paradigm-shifting and top-rated course that's proven to make a difference in your scientific journey.

Transform Your Scientific Poster

Are you tired of seeing the same dense, text-heavy posters at every conference? Your research deserves better - a poster that's as innovative and impactful as your work itself.

But how do you achieve that standout quality?

Embark on a transformative journey with Dr. Tullio Rossi, Director of Animate Your Science and award-winning science communicator.
Dive into a course that's not just about design - it's about revolutionising how you present your research.

Dr Tullio Rossi of Animate Your Science

Uncover the art of creating impactful posters, delving into everything from the power of negative space to the intricacies of the ideal software. Progress at a pace that suits you, in a course designed to be both enjoyable and empowering. You'll learn to distill complex scientific data into crisp, engaging, and visually appealing information.

Then, watch your poster evolve from a standard wall of text to a visually striking display that captures the essence of your research.
This course is crafted to bolster your confidence, enabling you to craft posters that not only capture attention but also foster meaningful discussions. Take action today: enrol in our course and craft a poster that will not only put you in the academic spotlight but also be a source of pride in your professional journey.

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

Dr Tullio Rossi of Animate Your Science

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 6 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!"

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

Livia Padilha

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

Natalie Brown

The University of Adelaide

"This course was very comprehensive, enjoyable, and easy to navigate.
I learnt a great deal from Dr Rossi during this course.
Knowing what I know now, I am excited to see what my next poster looks like, and I cant wait to present it at my next conference in a few months."

Katrina Kaposi

James Cook University

Katy Dolman

Manager Career and Research Skills Training @ The University of Adelaide

I enjoyed the course and learnt a lot. You have a very direct, modern and unique way of communicating your knowledge that kept me wanting to go further and further with the course. Well done for the great work and keep going. I will surely recommend your course to my colleagues and friends.

Maria Chrysopoulou

Danish Diabetes Academy

For the third year in a row, we’ve partnered with Animate Your Science to offer their How to design an award-winning scientific poster online course for our HDR students.

We see a lot of demand for this course, and students rate the content as being incredibly valuable and enjoyable. 

Sitting in on poster feedback sessions, I’ve seen the quality of student posters after completing the course.

Katy Dolman

Manager Career and Research Skills Training
The University of Adelaide

It certainly warms my heart to see such wonderful feedback.  I am really glad that we have made this training available to our HDRs. 

I have no doubt their visual communication skills are going to skyrocket! 

A. Prof. Liz Tynan

Higher Degree by Research Professional Development Coordinator
James Cook University

Your posters will undergo a complete metamorphosis

Just like this student's poster did.

Before and after image of a scientific poster being designed while taking Animate Your Science's course
Pricing Table

🥈 Essential

 1 Year Online Course Access 
+ Classic poster template kit


$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 ($29 value)

  • Summary handout PDF

  • Poster storytelling template

  • Certificate of completion

🥇 Premium

Lifetime Online Course Access

+ Classic, premium poster template kits
+ 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 Classic (PowerPoint, AI), and 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

  • ​Experience the value first-hand with our 'try before you buy' offer, allowing one member of your team to take the course at no cost to assess its quality and relevance for your institution.

Our satisfied clients

Money Back Guarantee

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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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