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.


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.


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. 

Time schedule & Venue

Course code






5 and 12 December 2023

9:30 - 12:30

Veyrac 6

Tom De Moor


5 and 12 March 2024

09:30 - 12:30

Veyrac 6

Tom De Moor


16 and 23 May 2024

13:30 - 16:30


Nils Smeunickx, UCT

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.

  • Follow this link for the registration and waiting list. 

Your registration will be confirmed by separate e-mail from the Doctoral Schools. Cancellation of your registration can only be performed by sending an email to

Registration fee

Free of charge for the members of the Doctoral Schools.



Number of participants


Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% active participation. The students are asked to send in an academic poster after the final session, which will be evaluated by the teacher.

After successful participation, the Doctoral Schools will add this course to your curriculum of the Doctoral Training Programme in Oasis. Please note that this takes up to one to two months after completion of the course.