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One of my main goals as a medical illustrator is to raise awareness within the scientific community of the importance of visual communication and images as didactic materials.

I want to furnish researchers with very basic tools that will enormously shape the way they evaluate visual information, and enhance their ability to create simple, yet efficient figures, graphical abstracts, data visualizations, posters and presentations.


Researchers, masters and PhD students, postdocs and other professionals working in the fields of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biology, Molecular Biology and similar.


1. Visualization Tips for Scientists (Part 1)
    • Most important design tips for effective visuals;
    • Applicable to graphical abstracts, posters, scientific figures and slide decks.

2. Visualization Tips for Scientists (Part 2)
    • Understanding how to use color with purpose; 
    • Creating didactic and accessible color palettes;
    • Working in grayscale mode.

3. Designing Scientific Posters
    • General layout and design tips;
    • Considerations on typography.

4. Publication of Scientific Visuals
    • Main specs and terminology for effective visuals submission – journal figures and printed posters; 
    • Journal and printing guidelines, file types, color modes, resolution, etc.

5. Data Vizualization (Part 1)
    • How to make graphs more didactic without sacrificing accuracy?;
    • Bar Charts and Boxplots – dos, don’ts and more effective alternatives;
    • Communicating uncertainty in data.

6. Data Vizualization (Part 2)
    • How to make graphs more didactic without sacrificing accuracy?;
    • Line and Pie Charts – dos, don’ts and more effective alternatives;
    • Special considerations on Scientific Tables.

7. Introduction to Adobe Illustrator for Scientists
    • Learn the basics of this software, to create effective figures and diagrams for publications.


• Each topic session listed above is optimized for approx. 60 min (incl. 15 min questions);
• Sessions are interactive with discussion of real case studies;
• At the end of each session, attendees are furnished with an infosheet listing useful resources and relevant terminology.
• Workshops can be designed as theory or theory+practical sessions.

to know more about costs and schedules and book your workshop. 


/ 2023 / Presentation
"Beyond the Bar Chart: Ten Tips to Visually Optimize Scientific Charts", online lecture as part of a monthly seminar organized by CEBAL - Centro de Biotecnologia Agricola e Agro-Alimentar do Alentejo. More here

/ 2022 / Presentation
"Out of the Box(Plot): Tips to Visually Improve Scientific Graphs", lecture as an invited speaker at the 2022 CIISA Congress. More here 

/ 2022 / Presentation
"Off the Charts: How a Personal Project Fueled My Knowledge for Data Visualization", part of the 2022 Visual Scicomm Conference, organized by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. More here 

/ 2022 / WORKSHOP
Data Visualisation and Design for Science Seminars, part of the II Scientific Writing and Communication in Conferences Workshop, organized by the Institute of Environmental Health – University of Lisbon. More here (in PT)

/ 2021 / WORKSHOP
Illustration & Design for Science, for Biomedical Students; organized by the Portuguese Association of Biomedical Sciences. 

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