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Poster Presentations at Conferences - a primer

This guide is for you if you are thinking of presenting a poster or writing a poster proposal.

What is a Poster?

What is a poster? 

Literally, a poster is a large A0, A1, or A2 sheet that presents a research project or work-based project.  See the illustration here for comparative sizes. 

Poster Sizes







  • Proposals for posters are submitted to prior to a conference and are peer reviewed before acceptance or rejection.  You need to look out for calls for proposals.
  • Presenters are allocated an area of a conference or exhibition to hang posters.  At different times in the conference, delegates are encouraged to visit the area and meet presenters to discuss their content.
  • Posters have to be presented in person.  However, they can be presented by one author on behalf of co-authors or a research team.
  • Presenting a poster might entitle you to a reduced conference fee, but does not usually mean the fee will be waived.
  • Posters can be home-made but are generally printed professionally.  You will need to meet the cost or secure funding for printing, c50 GBP.