This event is free for SEB members.

We have now also opened free places for non-members.

About the session

This is a seminar-style workshop to share theory and tips with lots of practical, hands-on work in small groups/breakout sessions, and group feedback sessions. As far as possible (given the numbers) participants will be asked to engage, ask questions, and create poster examples in groups to embed the theory.

The course will take place in two 3.5-hour sessions on the 1st of June and the 8th of June from 09:00 am - 12:30 pm (UK Time). You must be available for both sessions to join.

Workshop structure

This will take place online via zoom and consists of two parts. The first session will run on the 1st of June from 09:00 am - 12:30 pm (UK time) and will focus on design:

  • What needs to be on your poster
  • How to choose what to include (and what to leave out)
  • The basics of graphic design
  • Different poster layouts – what works, what doesn’t
  • Software for designing your poster
  • Adding extra elements to make your poster more engaging
Activities: group work, creating a presentation in small groups, experimenting with different layouts, feedback sessions

Homework: use the tools to map out a rough layout for your conference poster


The second session will run on the 9th June 2022 from 09:00 am - 12:30 pm (UK time) and will focus on the presentation:

  • How to attract readers/interesting people
  • Presenting your poster once you have their attention
  • Presenting without notes
  • Keeping an eye on your language
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Giving people something to take-away

Activities: presenting homework in small groups (2-3 people max) for feedback, practicing non-verbal and delivery skills, small group activities, feedback sessions, final presentation session applying new skills to outline poster.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this two-session course, participants will have learned how to create posters that are visually appealing and interesting, and present them in a way that engages listeners, invites questions, and helps them expand their network and share their work.

For participants who engage in the course and invest time in the coursework, there is a good chance that you will create an initial draft of your poster to present at The SEB Annual Conference 2022 (Montpelier).


Participants will be provided with a range of resources including:

Copies of all whiteboard work

Poster design templates

Design resources – guidelines & lists, for example, where to find images, design tools, QR code generators, colour charts etc.

Guides on voice, power-language, body language, and other delivery techniques as reminders

Other handouts and resources that seem useful based on the needs of the course participants

* All resources will be made available on the SEB website exclusively for members. Please note that there will be no recordings of this workshop as there are too many interactive elements.

Who’s it for

This course is for those who are new to designing and presenting posters and need to cover both “the basics” of poster layout and design, and the more advanced skills of engaging people and telling them about their science on the day.

It is perfect for anyone wishing to present a poster at the SEB Annual Conference 2022.

Why are there two events with the same title?

There are two identical poster design and presentation courses running so that participants from multiple time zones will be able to join.

You are currently on the webpage for the sessions being held on the 1st of June and the 8th of June from 09:00 am - 12:30 pm (UK Time)

Please follow this link for the identical sessions happening on the 31st of May and the 7th of June from 17:00 pm - 20:30 pm (UK Time).

If you have any questions, please direct them to [email protected]