Academic posters are a highly effective way of communicating information to a wide variety of different audiences. Poster competitions are held within particular Universities, mainly at postgraduate researcher level, at conferences, and at national or international competitions. Whilst they have traditionally been seen to be important for postgraduate research students, many experienced researchers also present their work in this way. Posters are frequently used in scientific areas but are increasingly spreading to other disciplines.

Think about whether you have gained data or knowledge from peers who have used posters. How do you feel about using this method for gaining as well as presenting knowledge? 

  • Opportunity to meet, advertise and discuss research within the academic community.
  • Opportunity to raise the profile of your research.
  • Develops personal and professional skills, especially those of communicating findings.
  • Critically evaluate your own work and that of others.
  • Provides the opportunity to build interdisciplinary relationships.
  • Opportunity to develop and practice presentation skills.
  • If a paper isn't accepted at a conference, you can be offered opportunity to present a poster instead. This has the potential to reach the same audience but in a slightly more informal way.
  • When presenting a poster at a conference you usually have a set time to stand next to your poster and answer questions, you can network and build useful contacts within your research field.
  • Can also be used as an advertising tool after the conference or presentation.

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PILOT - Communication by Marion Kelt, GCU, Imperial College, London and East Midlands Research Group is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.