Updated November 2020

Wednesday 25th November 2020

An update on the two online workshop sessions that are being held for research staff and students of the Health faculties at King’s. These Zoom workshops will feature the Adobe Illustrator exercises and other material that was covered in the original Workshop 2 (Practical) sessions in February 2020. They will be taking place on Tuesday 8th and Friday 11th December 2020, with 11 places made available on each session. Unfortunately, both sessions are already fully booked with a waiting list of a further 34 people. Hopefully, further sessions can be scheduled for the New Year, if there is demand for them.

However – the material from all of the original 2020 workshops, both theory and practical (presentations, pdf guides and video demonstrations of the Illustrator exercises), will very shortly be available to all KCL Health Faculty members via the KEATS online training website. More details and a link to the website will be posted as soon as they are available, hopefully at the beginning of next week.

Tuesday 24th November 2020

Gill attended an online meeting with Giovanna and Mattia to discuss the text and images required for PIS Modules 4 and 5, prior to their submission to FAST-R. The outcome of this meeting is documented in this blog post.

Monday 16th November 2020

Gill attended an online meeting with Giovanna and Mattia to discuss the next steps for the Patient Information Sheet (PIS) project. The outcome of this meeting is documented in this blog post.

October 2020

Gill is intending to run an online workshop in early December, covering the same material presented in the Workshop 2 sessions she ran in February 2020. There will be two online sessions initially, delivered via Zoom, and aimed primarily at those people who were on the waiting list for the original workshops but did not get a chance to attend. The material presented in both of the original Workshops 1 and 2 should be available to view online via the King’s Moodle website by mid-November 2020. See the Workshops (2020) page for more details.

Wednesday 16th September 2020

Gill attended an online meeting with Giovanna and Mattia to discuss the start-up of the Patient Information Sheet (PIS) project. The outcome of this meeting is documented on the website blog.

July 2020

Dr Giovanna Nordio, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, will be working in collaboration with Mattia and Gill to create an illustrated Patient Information Sheet (PIS). The project is being funded by a grant from the Wellcome EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering (CME) Public Engagement Grant Scheme, the aim being to create a visual and modular information sheet, that can easily be adapted for different PET / MRI studies. Gill’s specific job will involve creating adaptable figures and images that go along with the sheet, as well as ensuring that the design of the PIS makes it as accessible as possible to all readers.

The collaborative work between Gill and the CNS has so far concentrated mainly on peer-to-peer scientific visual communication. This project provides an opportunity to expand the work into communication between scientists and non-scientists. Progress on the project will be documented on the website blog and more details can be found on this webpage.

May 2020

The Graphic Design for Scientific Figures workshops have now been completed, with 30 participants attending Workshop 1 on January 31st and a total of 35 participants attending the four sessions of Workshop 2 during February. Given the situation with the coronavirus pandemic, there are currently no plans to repeat the workshops, although we are aware that there were people on waiting lists for both workshops who did not get a chance to attend.

The presentations from Workshop 1 were recorded remotely during April and will be made available to the doctoral research students and research staff of the King’s College London Health Faculties. A demonstration of the two Adobe Illustrator exercises used in Workshop 2 was remotely recorded during May and will also be made available, as will all of the training materials that were provided to the workshop participants as handouts. More details will be released once all of the material is online.

More information about the workshop content can be found on the Workshops 2020 webpage.


Monday 28th October 2019

Meeting between Gill and Mattia to discuss the new workshops. These will be held in early 2020, with more information on a dedicated webpage.

Wednesday 1st May 2019

The Health Sciences Doctoral Training Centre at King’s College London has awarded Mattia and Gill funding to create and run two workshops on the production of conceptual figures. The workshops will be designed for KCL PhD students, and will take place in either late 2019 or early 2020.

Workshop 1 will provide guidance in effective visual communication and graphic design, tailored specifically to the creation and use of scientific conceptual figures.

Workshop 2 will provide hands-on instruction in the creation and editing of scientific images and figures, making use of visual elements in the online library. This workshop will be run two or three times, to cater for smaller groups of attendees.

Both workshops will be recorded, and all training materials will be made available online for use within KCL. More details will be posted on a dedicated webpage in due course and progress posts on the preparations for the workshops will be made on the website blog.

February / March 2019

Gill worked with King’s College London / Maudsley BRC to create visual material to inform patients, clinical trial participants and the general public about executive function, the effect of ageing on the brain, the role of white matter pathways in the human brain and how DTI (diffusion tensor imaging) visualises these pathways.

The work included creating illustrations and designing documents to be used by clinicians. More details regarding this work are posted on Gill’s own website. 

For older news items, from the first phase of the collaboration, see the News archive.