Calling all Undergraduate and Postgraduate students from all disciplines out there!
Join our Research Poster Competition 2021 and stand a chance to win some great prizes!
What is a Research Poster?
A poster is one of many ways to communicate your research. Researchers use books, talks, teaching, journal articles, press releases, and the popular media to communicate their findings. While at first glance, these bear more similarities than differences to a poster, a poster communicates in a very different way.
Posters are widely used in the academic community, and most conferences include poster presentations in their program. Research posters summarize information or research concisely and attractively to help publicize it and generate discussion.
The poster is usually a mixture of a brief text mixed with tables, graphs, pictures, and other presentation formats. At a conference, the researcher stands by the poster display while other participants can come and view the presentation and interact with the author.
What makes a good poster?
- Important information should be readable from about 10 feet away.
- Title is short and draws interest.
- Word count of about 300 to 800 word.
- Text is clear and to the point.
- Use of bullets, numbering, and headlines make it easy to read.
- Effective use of graphics, colour and fonts.
- Consistent and clean layout.
- Includes acknowledgments, your name and institutional affiliation.
How should you begin?
Answer these three questions:
- What is the most important/interesting/astounding finding from my research project?
- How can I visually share my research with viewers? Should I use charts, graphs, photos, images?
- What kind of interesting information can I convey that will complement my poster?
What about the format?
The format of the poster is at the discretion of the student. However, it should be sufficient to technically explain and illustrate the research project to the judges. Students should carefully critique the content and arrangement of their posters. The flow of information in the poster layout should be done in a way that easily reveals the research process and addresses salient points. Graphs, charts,tables and references must adhere to Harvard Referencing formatting. Avoid the use of unnecessary pictures that are visually attractive,yet do not add to the content.
At minimum, it is recommended that the poster contain the following:
- Problem Statement
Relevant resources to your work should be recognized and cited.
What software can I use to make a poster?
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign
How to Submit your Research Poster?
Email your Research Poster to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 30th July 2021