Posters: Advice for Participants

Designing Academic Posters: Advice for Contributors


What is an academic poster?

An academic poster is a visual, summarized presentation of your research. Posters are becoming an increasingly common feature at academic conferences.  The purpose of a poster is to enable you to communicate your research in a concise way, to promote your research, and to stimulate discussion between you and your audience. 


Poster design

A good poster should be visually attractive, focused and well-organised.  There are many websites which can guide you in designing your poster and you may find some of the following links useful:


Notes for contributors

Your poster should include:

  1. study title;
  2. author name and contact email address;
  3. aim/purpose statement;
  4. research question(s);
  5. methods description;
  6. findings or status (if completed, include findings or results; if emerging, include expected completion date);
  7. statement as to the importance of this study.



Participants may submit a poster in physical/hard copy OR in electronic format.  Physical copies will be mounted and on display for the duration of the symposium and the conference.  Electronic copies will be published online as part of our conference proceedings (unless otherwise requested).  You may submit both a physical and a hard copy if you want your poster to be published online also. 

a) Hard copies

Hard copies are accepted in the following sizes:


(118.9 cm x 84.1 cm)


(84.1 cm x 59.4 cm)  


(59.4 cm x 42.0 cm)


(42.0 cm x 29.7 cm)

You may choose Portrait or Landscape orientation.

Tip: To set the document size in PowerPoint, choose File > Page Layout >Slide Size > Custom > [ insert the size you want ] .

Hint: To print effectively, images should be high resolution (150-300 dpi).

NB: Conference organisers will not take responsibility for unattended physical posters.  These will be discarded at the conclusion of the conference and will not be returned.


b) Electronic copies

These are accepted in PowerPoint format and the presentation may be compiled on one slide only.  

You may choose Landscape orientation only in A0 (118.9 cm x 84.1 cm) or A1 (84.1 cm x 59.4 cm) size. 

Tip: To set the document size in PowerPoint, choose File > Page Layout > Slide Size > Custom > [ insert the size you want ].


Submission deadlines

Those wishing to present a poster (hard copy or electronic copy) should submit an abstract of maximum 150 words by 9th January 2015 to the Conference Committee by registering your details at  

Those submitting an electronic poster should email the Powerpoint file to by 12th January 2015, using 'Poster'+your name as the file name, e.g. PosterJaneDoe.ppt.  Please also bring a back-up copy on a USB key on the day of the event.  

Those presenting a hard copy version should bring it with them on the day of the Symposium.  

School of Applied Social Studies

Staidéar Sóisialta Feidhmeach

William Thompson House, Donovan's Road, Cork, Ireland.