Posters as a form of academic communication
There are a wide variety of academic means of communicating ideas and information. You will use most, if not all, forms of communication relevant to your discipline while reading for your degree. One such method of communication is the poster. It is often used in the context of conferences and exhibitions. In this context it is distinctly different from the poster that provides advertisement or commercial headlines. A scientific poster, for example, contains many of the basic sub-sections that form the basis of most other forms of professional communication. There should be identifiable sections that provide:
Your poster may contain "attractive" pictures or diagrams, but these should not be there merely for decoration, they should all serve a purpose in communicating information to the reader. Remember that images you find online are not necessarily copyright free,we recommend you use some of the excellent sources of copyright free images described in our Images Guide.
As with any other piece of academic work, all the material you use in your poster must be correctly acknowledged and referenced. We recommend you include the references within the poster, perhaps in a numbered style to avoid interfering with the text
Have a look at other research posters around your School buildings and other buildings you go into and perhaps consider talking to a member of staff with a draft copy of your poster before final submission. You'll find lots of examples in the links on this page too.
Photo c. M Bent: Students from Singapore presenting their posters in the Library
Here are a few useful links which give advice on poster design. You may it helpful to read through these when planning your poster.
Designing an Academic Poster online tutorial from University of Leicester
Poster Design Tips LSE, UK
General Guidelines on Poster Production UCL Graduate School
Academic Posters Edinburgh Napier University. Posters are often used as part of student assessments. How might you plan and design an academic poster? How do you produce it effectively?
Creating Effective Poster Presentations NCSU in the USA
Advice on Designing Conference Posters Colin Purrington Department of Biology, Swarthmore College Pennsylvania
Creating Academic Posters Bryn Mawr College Pennsylvania
Academic Poster Design Inspiration Pinterest
The Scientist Poster Perfect
Here are a few useful links which give advice on poster design. You may find it helpful to read through these when planning your poster.
University Library Print Services includes practical advice and guidelines as well as templates to make sure your poster is suitable for printing
Poster Galleries From Celebrating Student Research Scholarships and Expeditions Newcastle University
Note: Agriculture students should use Publisher for creating posters.