There are multiple courses about slide deck design and, more recently, a myriad of templates that you can adapt to your presentations. Nonetheless, bad slide decks are still around. You know how they look: overcrowded, poor contrast, and/or minuscule font, creating an immense urge to look anywhere but the slides! Why is that?

There are also presentations in which the slides are quite pleasant to look at, the speaker is fairly proficient, but you get out of the presentation not quite knowing what was the main point—or worse, having a wrong idea on what the presentation was about!

As biomedical communication experts, we want to create good slides, either for ourselves or when designing them for someone else. But it’s not enough to have good-looking slides, they have to serve the purpose they were created for, i.e., to inform, engage, encourage action, or all three.

This workshop is about designing professional-looking, easily read and effective slides and slide decks. But it’s also about how to plan and create a slide deck that helps you achieve your goals, leveraging storytelling to craft a memorable, meaningful presentation.

  • Why so much fuss about slide decks anyway?
  • Blank slide versus template: both can go wrong
  • Welcoming diversity: form follows the purpose
  • Presenting live vs. viewing at leisure
  • Plan your presentation: audience and message
  • Creating the storyline: structure and flow
  • Words, graphs and images
  • The little things: fonts, bullets, spacing, alignment, and how to prevent ‘jumping’
  • Backgrounds, colours, contrasts, margins, resolution
  • Avoid distraction: appropriate delivery of text, images and speech
  • Useful tools and software (Canva, Powerpoint)
  • Principles of designing self-guided learning slides, with examples
  • Proofing: achieving a professional finish


  • Discussion: use of pre-made slide deck templates: yay or nay?
  • Discussion: diversity of presentations
  • Discussion: challenges when designing slides
  • Experience/discussion about using PowerPoint tools and other software (e.g., Canva)
  • Exercise: create a message for your presentation, taking into account the audience
  • Exercise: prepare a storyline for your message

This workshop is for anyone using slide decks to communicate biomedical information: medical writers, employees of pharmaceutical and medical device companies, medical practitioners, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

Participant experience

Basic familiarity with Microsoft PowerPoint or other tools to prepare slide decks.

  • The workshop is intended to be a ‘two-way’ learning and discussion experience (not a webinar); questions and subsequent discussion are welcome at any time during the workshop
  • Lecturer will deliver short presentations and use slide examples
  • Breakout rooms for smaller groups to consider/discuss an issue
  • Polling questions
Diana Ribeiro

Diana Ribeiro

Freelance medical writer

Diana started her career as a pharmacy technician, then completed her training as a pharmacist in the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Lisbon. She also obtained a post-graduate degree in Phytotherapy and a professional certification as a Clinical Research Associate.

After working in healthcare for more than 15 years, Diana became a freelance medical writer in 2019, working on both medical communications and regulatory documents.

Online Training – 1 module

22 May 2024 from 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm CEST

Some days before the online training you will receive all details about the connection.

The course will proceed with a minimum number of participants. Should this number not be reached the registered participants will be notified one week prior to the commencement of the course.

Early Bird: € 480,00(until 01 May 2024)

Ordinary: € 610,00*

Freelance – Individual – Academy – Public Administration**: € 380,00*

*for Italian companies: +22% VAT

**Early Bird discount not applicable to Freelance – Individual – Academy – Public Administration fee

The fee includes: tuition, organizational office assistance, teaching materials and attendance certificate that will be sent after the training via e-mail.


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Barbara Rossi
Barbara Rossi
Training & Quality Manager
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At the end of the training, you will be able to
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Appreciate the diversity of presentations and therefore the diversity of slide deck designs
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Recognise the factors that differentiate an unclear/horrible slide from a clear, professional-looking slide
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Know how to incorporate storytelling elements into your presentation
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Make your life easier by using some important slide design tools, or software other than PowerPoint

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Online interactive training on Zoom platform. 

LS Academy will provide the access link to the virtual platform a few days before the training.

<p><span>Online interactive training on Zoom platform. </span></p>
<p><em>LS Academy will provide the access link to the virtual platform a few days before the training.</em></p>

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