HDR Poster Day 2014

Friday 25 July 2014 - tbc

Student information


All students who commenced after 1 January 2012 and before 31 December 2013 are strongly encouraged to present a poster.

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Can a scientific poster, which is essentially an academic activity, establish a direct relationship with the viewer regardless of their scientific background? What draws the eye and creates interest? Is it possible to do this in a poster that has to explain complex research in an understandable way? Is it even necessary?


Students may use whatever software they are most familiar with to produce their poster. Printers have much higher resolution than screen, so make sure that your images will print at 300 dpi at A0 size to ensure good quality production. Remember, however you choose to prepare your poster it must:

  • be A0 size,
  • be submitted as a PDF file.

What makes a good poster?

It's a good idea to do a Google search for ideas on what makes a good poster. Look at past CECS posters and winners for tips too. It is not a good idea to resubmit a poster that you have previously shown.

Remember, a poster is a visual aid. You will be judged on both the poster itself and your ability to use if effectively in speaking to interested people.
  1. The research is judged according to the significance and importance of the problem, the quality of the approach and the quality and potential impact of the research outcomes obtained. The presenters should be able to calibrate their work against the state-of-the-art worldwide. The poster needs to clearly state the research problem and separately, how you have made progress in solving the problem.
  2. A good presentation is simply one that communicates well to the intended audience (technically competent, but not specialist in your particular field). A poster is a visual aid that assists the presenter. Thus a good poster should have clear and high quality visual aids (typically not just lots of text). The layout should help tell the story of the research. It should look professional, not corny or cute. Graphs should be high quality (properly labelled, scaled etc, and not misleading). You need to select what to present carefully in order to tell your story. And you need to be able to verbally present your story using the poster (that is, the quality of your verbal explanations is a key factor in judging the poster presentation.

Instructions for preparing posters

  1. To prepare your poster make sure that you use A0 size.
  2. You may prepare your poster using any software of your choice.
  3. Templates are available through earlier Poster Day pages. Your name, affiliation, email address ending “@anu.edu.au” and your supervisor's name must be prominently displayed below the title. Otherwise you're free (and encouraged) to be creative.
  4. When you are happy with your poster, save it as a PDF file and upload it onto the database. Use your Uni ID to log in. Deadline for submission is 11 July 2014.
  5. You should consider putting your poster onto your own personal website.
Good luck to everyone!

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