Theme for research posters
The poster must explain your research to the public.
Categories and Prizes
- Best 1st year PhD or MPhil poster
- Best 2nd or 3rd year PhD poster
- Best 4th year or Postdoctoral poster
- Best overall poster
Each prize winner will be invited to be a guest at the Prize Lunch.
The best overall poster will also win a 12 month subscription to Science Magazine.
Who can enter?
Entrants must be MPhil, PhD or postdoctoral researchers in the Graduate School of Life Sciences.
How to enter a poster
- If you want to enter a poster into the competition you must register your entry on the Graduate School of Life Sciences booking system.
- This can be done straight away, before you have created the poster; we can only exhibit forty posters and this system ensures a participant's poster is accepted before they start work on it. This system does rely on those who have registered to actually submit a poster by the deadline.
- If you register and then change your mind, please cancel your entry by logginto the booking system or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to allow other entrants from the waiting list to submit work so we have a full exhibition.
Submitting Your Poster and Review of A3 Proof
- There is no need for you to print your poster.
- You must submit your poster as an electronic file by 23.30 on Sunday 1 March 2015 to email@example.com in the format below.
- You must include your name as the file name and which category you have entered.
- The GSLS will print the posters free of charge.
- An A3 proof of every poster will be available before the A0 poster is printed. These will be available to view at the Department of Biochemistry Reprographics Service from Monday 9 March 2015. You must check the proof for any errors. Any minor editing changes must be reported to the Biochemistry Photography and Graphics Service by 12 noon on Friday 13 March 2015. Posters will not be send out by post - you must visit the Department in person to review the A3 proof of your poster.
Maximum number of entrants
- The Graduate School of Life Sciences will only accept and display the first forty posters that are registered in the poster competition.
- Each graduate researcher may only enter one poster per competition.
Format of the poster
- All posters must be in portrait format. Landscape posters will be rejected.
- Posters that have already been printed and used previously will be accepted as long as they fulfill the theme and format for posters in this competition.
- Posters must be written in either:
(i) PowerPoint from either PC or Mac computers or
(ii) PDF files
- Posters produced using PowerPoint must use the 'normal' fonts found within MS Office.
- Posters should be created with A0 page size (841 x 1189 mm)
The research posters will be judged on their:
(i) aesthetic appearance
(ii) communication of scientific content to the public
(iii) adherence to competition rules
(iv) the exhibitor's 5 minute oral presentation to judges during the exhibition
Authorship of the work
- The poster must have been created by the entrant and it must be made clear who has contributed the work detailed within the poster.
- All images and text must be acknowledged appropriately. It is the responsibility of all participants to make sure that images and text used in the posters are within copyright laws.
The deadline for all submissions is 23.30 on Sunday 1 March 2015.
The GSLS will print all posters that are successfully submitted by the deadline, free of charge to the postgraduate researcher.
Venue and Schedule
- The event will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 18 March 2015 in the University Centre, Hicks Room.
- Participants must be at the exhibition from 13.00-15.00 to explain their work to the judges and visitors in order to qualify to win a prize. Prize winners will be announced at 15.30.
Transferable skills credits
Students entering the poster competition will be awarded two transferable skills credits.
Collecting your work after the exhibition
All work is free for participants to collect, either from (i) the exhibition venue on 20 March 2014 from 09.00 - 10.30 or (ii) from Meg Staff Office on the second floor at 17 Mill Lane contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Examples of previous work
Examples from previous years' competitions can be viewed.