Posters and Pitching (face-to-face)

Want to learn how to sell your ideas and yourself in a poster presentation? Want to know how to design an appealing poster and to enticingly pitch your poster to an audience?

This course is offered in collaboration with Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS).

Course description

In Posters and Pitching you’ll learn how to design both an informative and an attractive poster and to create an enticing pitch for your poster. You’ll learn how to persuasively communicate your ideas to make your audience care. You ‘ll also identify your strengths and weaknesses as a presenter through individual feedback and start to develop your own pitching style.

Target group

PhD candidates and Post-docs who want to learn how to create both an appealing poster and an engaging pitch for that poster. The maximum number of participants per group is 10.

Course objectives

  • Design an appealing and informative poster
  • Design an enticing pitch
  • Inspire and engage your audience instead of teach
  • Become a passionate presenter and communicate your passion to your audience
  • Learn to engage your audience in mini conversations about your research
  • Learn the powerful technique of storytelling
  • Give and receive constructive feedback on your posters and poster pitch.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses in poster design and pitching skills
  • Learn to cope with nerves and stress
  • Interact with your audience in a natural and goal-oriented way
  • Develop and practise poster and pitch language

Practical information and credits

Admission requirements

To be admitted to this course, you need to score at least 70 on the Oxford Online Placement Test (click here to read more about the OOPT) or to have an equivalent score on one of the following international test:

  • At least 6.5 in the IELTS exam
  • At least an A grade on the Cambridge First exam
  • At least an C grade on the Cambridge Advanced exam
  • At least 87 on the TOEFL exam (internet-based)
  • We will also accept a diploma from any English-taught Master’s programme.

Dates and times

The Posters and Pitching course is offered once per year in the first semester. Please click below for the course schedule.

Schedule PhD and Postdoc courses 2023

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Course materials

PowerPoint slides posted on Brightspace.


Participants must attend all sessions in its entirety to receive a certificate.

Course fee

Reduced fee* €130
University fee** €260
External fee €287

The fee includes study and training material.

Reduced fee*

  • PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK).
  • Postdocs of Wageningen University who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools.

University fee**

  • All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs and staff.

Cancellation conditions

You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the incurring course fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement. In this case you will only be charged a €50 cancellation fee.
  • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree). In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.