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Principles of scientific data visualization and creating great visual aids


The aim of the course is to provide attendants with practical knowledge to improve their skills in creating effective scientific visual aids/slide presentations and data visualizations.






Visual presentations can be a very valuable tool in helping to communicate science. Nevertheless, data from scientific studies needs to be processed and properly visualized to be time effective as well as visually attractive.

In this course you will learn to:

  • To identify the key aspects of a good scientific slide presentation.
  • To know which is the best data visualization for each specific data type.
  • To be able to identify and to correct the most common pitfalls and mistakes in creating visual aids for scientific presentations.

Please note the course consists of several sessions, and you should be able to attend all of them.

Study commitment

Before the course: Participants should send samples of slides from their work that they would like to improve or they are facing difficulties with.

Between sessions: Attendees will be asked to select some slides or visual representations from their own, apply the tips discussed in the first session, and send the initial and final version of the material, that will be reviewed during the second session.

For any issue regarding attendance before or during the course, please note that you should contact the Intervals team directly by sending an email to

Related courses

Behind the scenes – small tutorial group for anyone giving oral research presentations

How to design a visually stunning scientific poster


Comments from participants

Finished editions
  • 2024 Edition 1, Trimester 1: February, IN-PERSON : 08/02/2024
  • 2023 Edition 1, Trimester 1: March, IN-PERSON : 06/03/2023


Marina Álvarez & Jaume Fatjó
Marina Álvarez & Jaume Fatjó

Marina Álvarez, PhD on conservation genomics, is working as a data analyst and data visualization expert at Hospital San Joan de Déu. Over the last years she has created graphic abstracts, summary figures and presentations which have been used in high-impact research papers and scientific presentations.

Jaume Fatjó, doctor in veterinary medicine and assistant professor of Psychiatry (UAB). Over the past 15 years he has delivered scientific and continuing education lectures, courses and seminars on animal behaviour in 12 countries.