Using posters to communicate research

Title:Using posters to communicate research

Duration:0.5 days
Training Units1.0
The Graduate School

This course is delivered by the Graduate School 

The Graduate School courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target Audience

Mid stage postgraduate research students
Early career researchers

Posters are widely used in academic conferences and other settings and provide an excellent means to present your research in a concise, accessible and interesting manner. This course is for you if you wish to learn about the principles of designing poster presentations and how best to use posters to communicate research outputs.



This is a half-day participative small group workshop



The course covers the steps and considerations involved in creating an effective poster presentation. You will study the theoretical aspects of design (placement of text and images, colour, fonts, etc.) as well as how to communicate with your audience.


During the course you will:

·         discuss the needs and wants of your audience

·         appraise possible formats and structures for posters

·         consider how to present research effectively on posters

·         consider the effective use of colour, size, fonts etc

·         consider “performing” at your poster session

 course does not cover IT skills for creating a poster. If you would like to learn more about this please see the related courses section.

Related courses

To further develop your poster design skills you may want to attend Creating a poster in PowerPoint.


To help you to prepare and deliver an effective poster.



By the end of the course you will:

·        Be able to plan the design of an effective poster presentation

·        Appreciate the need to consider your audience in order to tailor your poster to meet their needs

·        Be aware of, and able to evaluate various possible poster structures and formats

Latecomer policy
Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Graduate School or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment
When booking on to a Graduate School short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. The Graduate School maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Graduate School courses and will affect considerations for Graduate School funded opportunities.

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University Park
23 June 2020
23/06/2020 00:00:00
23 June 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Victoria Sedman
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