Poster Preparation


Pick a topic that is related in some way to your experience at Plymouth. 


In general, the idea of a poster is to interest scientific "passers-by" in the work you are presenting. In this sense it is somewhat akin to an advertisement - it has to capture your attention and interest (but without sacrificing its focus on science) in a short space of time. 


Posters are usually A0 sized (not laminated).


The top of the poster should indicate the title, the author(s) and the address of the author(s) as well as having the UCL logo. For further details about UCL's preferred presentation style see the UCL Media Services document at:http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mediares/downloads/poster_printing.pdf


Figures should be designed to be viewed from a distance and should use clear, visible graphics and large type (where appropriate). Colour can be effective if used sparingly; use saturated dark colours on white or pale backgrounds and light colours on dark backgrounds. Try to avoid red-green combinations that might be a problem for people who are colour-blind. Each figure should illustrate no more than one or two major points. These main points should be clear without extended viewing.


  • Each figure or table should have just a few lines of text giving the "take-home" message and any additional, essential information. 
  • Minimize narrative. Posters are visual and their message should be conveyed with a minimal of text. 
  • Use large type in short, separated paragraphs. Do not set entire paragraphs in uppercase (all capitals) or boldface type.
  • An introduction should be placed at the upper left and a conclusion at the lower right. 
  • References may be placed at the end of a poster but should be used sparingly.
  • An acknowledgement of your funding bodies (the EPSRC, BBSRC and BHF) should be provided in the lower right-hand corner.

Finally, students should note that all posters will be subjected to plagiarism checks. Plagiarism and all other forms of research misconduct will not be tolerated in any form and all students must abide by the UCL Graduate School code of conduct available at: http://www.grad.ucl.ac.uk/codes/CoP_Research_11.pdf