15-16 March 2021
Europe/Berlin timezone

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For scientists, it is becoming increasingly important to communicate research to different audiences in clear and compelling ways. The AMPro Spring School 2021 offers two workshops that are exclusively designed for young researchers: 

  • Applying design principles to schematic figures
  • Write like a pro: How to get started, organised, finished – and succeed with your texts

The workshops will take place on 15 - 16 March 2021 and will be online.

Participation is free of charge. The maximum number of participants per workshop is limited to 12. Places will be distributed on first comes, first serves basis. 

The registration deadline is extended to 31 January 2021. Please register here.

We are looking forward seeing you soon online!


Workshop A: Applying design principles to schematic figures

The workshop takes place on 15 - 16 March 9:00 - 13:00.

Visual representations of new knowledge, like schematic figures, can help both to communicate research findings and attract readers browsing busy journal sites and social media. In order to create a clear and attractive schematic figure, it is important to understand the underlying design principles that make the visual representation of information successful. In this workshop, participants will learn what design is and how to apply design principles to create their own compelling figures.

Throughout the workshop, participants will practice what they are learning in a total of 4 exercises. During the exercises participants draw their ideas with marker pens on white paper. This means that knowledge of applications like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop is not necessary and participants can instead focus on design principles that can be applied using any tool (digital or otherwise) that they choose. Laptops are only needed if participants want to look up information about their own work for the exercise in the second half of the workshop.

Sandra Krahl is an experienced graphic designer who has worked with the life science community to communicate research for the past 11 years. As both a freelancer and as the senior graphic designer at the European Biology Organization (EMBO; 2009–2019), Sandra creates scientific schematics and figures and scientific cover illustrations for the four EMBO Press journals, as well as for EMBO/EMBL conferences. Her motivation to work with and train the life science community is to advance science by helping scientists and institutes communicate research visually to different audiences. sandrakrahl.tumblr.com

Workshop B: Write like a pro: How to get started, organised, finished – and succeed with your texts

The workshop takes place on 15 - 16 March 10:00 - 13:00.

Being a scientist means being a professional writer: for it is through writing that you make an impact and pursue your career. Furthermore, writing is a useful tool in managing a thesis as well as other complex projects. So how can you be more professional about your writing then?  We will work on practical methods and techniques that will make your writing life easier, will make your texts easier on their readers, and will help you achieve more in less time.

With a total of six hours together, we won’t be able to turn you into great writers yet – but we can definitely provide a good start that will really help you with your future development.

Dr. Natalie Struve has taught at both German and British universities. Now she coaches academic writers of all fields and levels, and provides workshops for universities and research organisations. www.nataliestruve.de


Prof. Aurelio Teleman, AMPro Coordinator, Head of Div. Signal Transduction in Cancer and Metabolism, DKFZ

Dr. Sabine Schneider, Projekt Manager, Div. Signal Transduction in Cancer and Metabolism, DKFZ



via Zoom