Poster guidelines

Each poster will be allocated one poster board. The poster must be on A0 size paper/card measuring 841mm in width by 1189mm in height. This cannot be exceeded and the poster must be presented in portrait.

The poster board is covered by nylon loop material, to accept Velcro only.  Poster presenters are required to bring their own Velcro to display their posters. Pins are not permitted.

Posters should be in position by 11am and it would be helpful if a photograph of the author/presenter could appear at the top right-hand corner of the poster.

Judging the posters

Posters will be judged using the following the criteria:

1. Poster Presentation and Layout 

  • The poster is well organised, neat and attractive
  • The information in the poster is concise and complete
  • The information in the poster is presented with correct grammar, spelling and syntax
  • The information in the poster is presented in a creative manner
  • Graphics are clear and labeled appropriately

2. Content of the Poster

  • The objectives of the poster are clearly stated and address specific issues
  • The key ideas are clearly explained
  • The poster demonstrates critical insight into the topic
  • The poster ends with a conclusion
  • The conclusions are warranted by the data
  • The knowledge of reference material is evident

3. The presenter understands and answers the questions well

Design checklist*

Your poster should be:

  • Presented in portrait layout and printed on A0 size paper
  • Be concise and well organised
  • Simple with a clear 'take-home' message
  • Attractive and aesthetically pleasing
  • Be easy to read from a distance of at least 1 – 2 metres
  • Focused on the science/topic
  • A mixture of graphics and text

The poster must include:

  • A title
  • Names of authors or contributors
  • Address of authors or contributors
  • Keywords
  • A brief introduction
  • The methods used
  • Results
  • Discussion/conclusions
  • References
  • Acknowledgements

*Dawson, Dawson and Overfield, Communication Skills for Biosciences, Wiley Blackwell (2010)