Advanced Academic English: Academic Posters


Communication Skills

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


Participants should have an advanced knowledge of English so the language will not form a hurdle within this workshop. They should already have some experience with designing an academic poster as they will have to bring own material to the second class.


The participants learn how adapt and edit academic material to create a well-structured and appealing poster. Technical tips will be provided in a reference section but not discussed in class. 


This module starts by analyzing the poster medium and simulating how to properly construct it by pinpointing a main message and storyboarding a structure.
A host of authentic examples from various fields are used to focus on important aspects such as clear structure & order of information, appealing layout & title, adapted text & visuals. These examples are extensively discussed to draw up practical guidelines and to find out how participants can implement these within their research topic. 
During the second session, the participants will bring one of their own posters to present its content to and discuss its design with their colleagues. Tips will be shared on how to improve the poster and properly present it at conferences.

Time schedule & Venue

Course code

Dates (1 course = 2 x 3 hrs)




9 + 16 December 2021 (Thu) 

Tom De Moor

 from 9:30 - 12:30



Registration procedure

You can not register for this course if you have already registered for the course 'Advanced Academic English: Conference Skills'. There is no need to register at the University Language Centre.

Register by following this link:

Your subscription will be confirmed by separate e-mail from the Doctoral Schools.

If the course is fully booked, you can request by e-mail to to be added to the waiting list. Please mention your ID student nr.

Registration fee

Free of charge for the members of the Doctoral Schools.



Number of participants


Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

The students are asked to send in an academic poster after the final session, which will be evaluated by the teacher. This course counts as 1 transferable skills training in the cluster Communication skills.