Graphs are an excellent way to share your research data with your audience. But it's also hard: which graph type works best in which situation - and why? What color scheme should you use to strengthen your message? What are some common pitfalls to avoid? How can you add the perfect title, labels, legend and caption? How do you move beyond a boring pie or bar chart? In this workshop, we see how basic design and communication principles help you decide which graph type is best for you, which out-of-the-box graph types might grab the attention of your audience, and how you should style them so your message is loud and clear. We'll have a look at (mostly free) online and offline tools to create beautiful, clear and accurate graphs that go far beyond the default Excel visuals. Make the graphs in your next presentation, article or poster stand out!

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)

​For this course, particpants will be asked to work on an intermediate assignment (approx. 1 à 2 hrs.) after course day 1 and course day 2.

Practical information

Course dates and location:

Course HC01 : 5, 12 and 19 December 2023
9h30 - 17h00
Campus Drie Eiken - Building D - Room D.039
Course HC02: 23, 30 January and 6 February 2024
9h30 - 17h00
Campus Middelheim - Building G - Room G.005
Course HC04: 4, 11 and 18 June 2024
9h30 - 17h00
Campus Middelheim - Building G - Room G.004


Koen Van den Eeckhout (Baryon design)

Language of the course:



1,8 points


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