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Lesson Navigation IconOnline Guidelines for Academic Research and Writing

Unit Navigation IconThe academic research process

Unit Navigation IconOrganization and project management

Unit Navigation IconLiterature research and application

Unit Navigation IconWriting an academic paper

Unit Navigation IconHow do I create a good poster?

LO Navigation IconThe poster-a special form of presentation

LO Navigation IconAdvantages and disadvantages of posters

LO Navigation IconWhat should a good poster look like?

LO Navigation IconStructure and types of posters

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LO Navigation IconPresenting posters

LO Navigation IconAssessment criteria for posters

LO Navigation IconFurther reading

Unit Navigation IconPresentation skills

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The poster-a special form of presentation

Posters are a means of communicating research results or proposals in a concise fashion. There are a lot of congresses and conferences where posters can be presented in addition to presentations. Some conferences are arranged for poster events only. With a poster, it is easy to present content in a short period of time by means of a poster. Moreover, large-format printers are more and more affordable; a lot of departments therefore possess one (also referred to as plotter).

A poster can be more than just a summary of a presentation. It is not about using all the space available for as many contents of an academic paper or project as possible (posters are often printed in the A0 format, 841 x 1189 mm). you should instead aim for presenting its essence clearly and appealingly, according to the motto: "Less is more". As with any scientific writing, posters have to be prepared carefully and the content must be accurate.


Posters are meant for presentations where time is limited.

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