Turning research data into powerful visuals


Communication skills

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools, no previous knowledge required


  • Identifying a relevant message in a (research related) dataset.
  • Adapting and optimising this message for visual communication to a specific target group.
  • Designing graphics that meet specific challenges within scientific research: representing uncertainty, conveying objectivity.
  • Designing graphics that fit the specific form of scientific communication: oral and poster presentations, scientific articles, popular scientific articles, blogs and social media posts, doctoral thesis.
  • Knowledge of the different basic types of graphs (bar chart, line chart, pie chart and scatter diagram) and when to use them or not.
  • Knowledge of some lesser known chart types, and be able to evaluate when to use or not to use them for a specific dataset.
  • Being able to format tables clearly and attractively.
  • Knowledge of the workflow and techniques for preparing a dataset for visualization, and for converting it to a graph.
  • Being able to add elements to make a graph as clear and effective as possible: use of colours, icons, data labels and legends.
  • Formulating an appropriate title and caption to support the message of the graphic.
  • Knowledge about the possibilities of making a graphic interactive, and which tools can be used for this.


By the end of this workshop you will have covered 4 themes:

  1. An introduction to data visualization
  2. Graphical representation of data
  3. Design and production of data visualization
  4. Visualization of scientific research

Day 1: Graphical representation of data

  • Part I: An introduction to data visualization (theme 1)
  • Part II: Graphical representation of data (theme 2)

Day 2: Designing and creating graphs

  • Part III: Producing and designing data visuals (theme 3)

Day 3: Group discussion and case studies

  • Part IV: Visualizing your research (theme 4)


Koen Van den Eeckhout

Time schedule & Venue

Course Code


Time Venue
PV-2324-01 24 and 31 October and 7 November 2023 09:00-16:30

24/10: Leslokaal 1.1, Campus Ledeganck

31/10 and 7/11: Leslokaal 1.3, Campus Ledeganck

PV-2324-02 16, 23 and 30 April 2024 09:00-16:30

16/04: vergaderzaal 1.2 (Campus Ledeganck)

23/04+30/04: Leslokaal 1.2 (Campus Ledeganck)

PV-2324-03 7, 14 and 21 May 2024 09:00-16:30

07/05: Leslokaal 1.2  (Campus Ledeganck)

14/05 + 21/05: Leslokaal 0.1 (Campus Ledeganck) 

Registration procedure

First semester: follow this link to subscribe to the registration or waiting list.

Second semester: follow this link to subscribe to the registration or 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 doctoralschools@ugent.be.

Registration fee

Free of charge for members of the Doctoral Schools. The no show policy applies.

Number of participants




Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% active participation & home assignment (4 to 8 hours).

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.