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Chemistry: Creating Academic Posters

Key Library resources for Chemists

Creating Posters

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:Students from Singapore presenting their posters

  •  Title
  •  Authors
  •  Introduction and background
  •  Main content, which should include substantiated discussion (i.e. referenced evidence), not speculation.
  •  Summary
  •  Conclusions
  •  References

Images

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.

References
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

Examples

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

Useful Websites for Creating Posters

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

Presenting Conference Papers and Posters in the Humanities

Creating Academic Posters  Bryn Mawr College Pennsylvania

Flickr: The Poster Sessions

Academic Poster Design Inspiration Pinterest

The Scientist Poster Perfect

Useful Advice from some Newcastle University Schools

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  Stage 3 Individual projects poster advice Newcastle University School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering

Examples Poster Presentations  PHD Poster presentations  from Newcastle University School of Computing Science

Poster Galleries From Celebrating Student Research Scholarships and Expeditions Newcastle University

Making an Academic Research poster using Power Point

Note: Agriculture students should use Publisher for creating posters.

Finding Images

For general advice on finding and using images, please see our separate Images Library Guide.