Doctoral School Research Poster Competition

Doctoral School Research Poster Competition
27 February & 28 February 2018

The Poster Competition is organised by the Doctoral School each year to encourage UCL graduate research students to communicate their research to others and prepare them for presenting their work at conferences.

The competition takes place over two days. You may enter on only one day, depending on your Faculty.


  • DAY 1
    TWO COMPETITIONS:

    1. Arts & Humanities
      Institute of Education
      Laws
      Social & Historical Sciences

    2. Built Environment
      Engineering Sciences
      Mathematical & Physical Sciences

    Day 1 Programme


    Tue 27 FEBRUARY

    10.00 – 11.00
    ‣ Registration: Haldane Room, North Cloisters (Wilkins Building, Main Campus) (Map)
    ‣ Posters to be mounted by students
    (Students are not required to stay by their posters during the day)
    ‣ Coffee for all entrants

    12.00 – 13.00
    Judges to make a tour of inspection of the posters

    13.00 – 14.00
    Judges to break for lunch

    14.00 – 15.30
    Judges to draw up shortlist and retire to the Doctoral School to decide on the prize-winners

    16.00
    Students to take posters down

    NB:
    Prize-giving ceremony:
    Wednesday 28 February
    16.00 – 17.30

    Students and Judges to assemble in the Main Quad Pavilion (Main Campus, Gower Street) (Map)

  • DAY 2
    TWO COMPETITIONS:

    1. Brain Sciences
      Life Sciences

    2. Medical Sciences
      Population Health Sciences



    Day 2 Programme


    Wed 28 FEBRUARY

    10.00 – 11.00
    ‣ Registration: Haldane Room, North Cloisters (Wilkins Building, Main Campus) (Map)
    ‣ Posters to be mounted by students
    (Students are not required to stay by their posters during the day)
    ‣ Coffee for all entrants

    12.00 – 13.00
    Judges to make a tour of inspection of the posters

    13.00 – 14.00
    Judges to break for lunch

    14.00 – 15.30
    Judges to draw up shortlist and retire to the Doctoral School to decide on the prize-winners

    16.00
    Students to take posters down

    16.00 – 17.30
    PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY & RECEPTION
    Poster Competition Day 1, Day 2

    Students and Judges to assemble
    in the Main Quad Pavilion (Main Campus, Gower Street) (Map)

 

HOW TO ENTER

To enter the competition you must complete the entry form (link at the bottom of this page) before the deadline:

Thursday 1 February February 2018

IMPORTANT:
Due to limited space in the North Cloisters, we can accept only 250 posters. Therefore, registration may close before the deadline of 1 February. Please register your poster early to avoid disappointment. Late registrations will not be accepted.

After registration closes, the Doctoral School will contact all prospective entrants to request that they confirm their participation in the competition.

PRIZES

£400 – First Prize in each competition
Three £100 Runner-Up Prizes in each competition (ie 4 × £400, 12 × £100)


Prize winners will be announced at the Prize-giving Ceremony and Reception on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

GUIDELINES

Your poster should be designed to convey the essence of your research in a clear and eye-catching way, to appeal to colleagues as well as non-specialists.

The following information should be cleary visible on your poster:

  • your name
  • your supervisor's name
  • your department

The ideal poster will:

  • attract passers-by to stop and take an interest
  • make a good impression
  • enable the viewer to remember key details of your research (what, why, how, who?)
  • encourage viewers to contact you for more information about your research

Materials provided:

  • The exhibition will be on display boards
  • The Doctoral School will provide Velcro for you to attach your poster to the boards
  • You will need to provide all other materials

Poster size:

You will have approximately 1 × 2 metres (if landscape and 2 × 1 metres if portrait) of space on which to display your poster. It will be necessary for you to specify whether you need a board in portrait or landscape mode. This information is requested on the on-line registration form.

Viewing distance:

You should ensure that your poster can be read clearly from a distance of 1 metre or more.

Viewing time:

It should be possible for the viewer to absorb the general information in your poster in a short time (up to 3 minutes).

Tips Tips on how to present your poster


Title
Should be meaningful but not complicated. Try not to baffle the readers (especially the non-specialists).
Clarity
Your display should be visually clear and easy to follow, with a clear description of the aims and method.
Colour
Good use of colour is helpful. Even if the majority of the material is in black and white it is important to highlight with colour. However, bear in mind that too much colour can be visually confusing.
Message
Ensure that the general overview of the poster is clear, and that the more detailed information is not too complex.
Relevance
Demonstrate how your research fits in with the world as a whole, to help viewers relate to it.
Images
Make sure the images you use are clear and of good quality.
Graphics
These must be sharp and relevant to the presentation. Charts, drawings and illustrations should be simpler and more heavily drawn than those you would use for slides. Use of colour is encouraged to add emphasis effectively.
Font-style and size
Be consistent in your choice of font, limiting yourself to one or two. Ensure that the font sizes are legible from the indicated viewing distance.
Grouping
Text and graphics should be grouped together in relevant and visually stimulating sets.
Layout / flow
Guide the viewer's eye in an orderly way. Ensure that there is a logical path of items to be followed. It may be appropriate to link sections with lines or arrows.
Borders
Adding an outer border to your poster, and bordering any sections contained within, generally helps to define your display clearly.
Contributors
Identify any contributors other than those shown at the top of your display.
Contact point
Provide your contact details to encourage people to find out more about your research. This could involve adding leaflets or cards for readers to take with them.
Summary
A concise summary may be useful. This could be done by giving a set of key points.

Tips Tips to make your poster memorable


Gimmicks are worth considering providing they are not banal. Some possible ideas are:

Use of analogies
Use an analogy which is easy for the viewer to remember. Relate your problem or its solution to the likely common experience of the viewer.
3-D
You may want to attach relevant three-dimensional models to the poster to add impact.
Interaction
Consider making the poster tactile. However, take care that viewers are not likely to cause damage.
Leaflets
You may wish to attach a leaflet dispenser to provide your contact details.

Try to Avoid

  • Window pane effect
    Straight rows and columns of information are not visually stimulating especially if the size and content of each appears similar, giving a window pane effect. Use a pattern of sections - this need not be regular.
  • Sparseness
    Make sure that enough information is included on the poster. Don't make up for lack of information by using exceptionally large fonts and figures.
  • Clutter
    Conversely, avoid having so much information that the sections presented are unable to stand apart.
  • Too much detail
    Don't be tempted to include all you know on the subject - remember that the viewer has a limited time to look at your poster.
  • Irrelevant detail
    Try to avoid inappropriate side issues which may detract from the main subject

Useful links

IMPORTANT:
Due to limited space in the North Cloisters, we can accept only 250 posters. Therefore, registration may close before the deadline of 1 February. Please register your poster early to avoid disappointment. Late registrations will not be accepted.

After registration closes, the Doctoral School will contact all prospective entrans to request that they confirm their participation in the competition.

Deadline for entries: Thursday 1 February 2018