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How to sketch your science using sketchnotes – ICYMARE workshop summary

As in previous years, the Polar Week, announced by APECS International, and the International Conference for Young MArine REsearchers (ICYMARE) happened in the same week in September. To simultaneously contribute to both events, we organized the three-hour workshop “From Research Abstract to Comic: I can not draw, but sketch my science!”, which took place on September 23, 2021, with Prof. Katharina Theis-Bröhl (University of Applied Science Bremerhaven) as our speaker.


Screenshot of workshop participants

The main part of the workshop consisted of an introduction into sketchnotes conducted by Prof. Katharina Theis-Bröhl. Sketchnotes are a tool for structuring your own notes and can be used for science communication. During the workshop,  the 18 participants were encouraged to draw different things from small symbols used as visual vocabulary to different ways to write and highlight texts.

Some examples of this can be seen here:

To conclude the workshop, the participants were invited to try out making sketch notes. Therefore, we used two different videos: The first video by Climate Adam is about the current IPCC report and the effects on climate change and the second video is a TED talk by Kristin Poinar about what is hidden under the Greenland ice sheet. 


We will share more resources about sketchnotes and science visualization soon. 


We thank ICYMARE for hosting us and APECS International for financial support and Prof. Theis-Bröhl for the interesting workshop.

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