Making a research poster!

research posters4In your university and academic career, you will be asked to make a poster about your research. It’s a challenge to make a poster in your first language, and a bigger one in a second language! There is a lot of help online for poster makers – and while you are getting that help, you will also be practising your reading skills!research posters3

(For reading practice, start here – lots to read and plenty of advice. Less text and more fun can be found here at Cornell University. If you’d rather slightly more text and slightly less fun…. start here at the Bern Dibner Library.)

A good place to start is here – the first page explains in a paragraph what you should aim for in a good poster. Here, in a poster (of course!) is a summary of the author Colin Purrington’s advice:



Try this site for some free templates for your poster.

poster-bad Once your poster is finished – or as finished as you can make it! – you can get feedback on it. Read the Better Posters blog here, and look at other people’s posters and the feedback on them.

If you are interested in graphic design, or you’d like to know more about design and/or how aspects of design can help improve the look of your poster, have a look here at this graphic designer’s site.research posters




Is there something online you’d like people to go and look at? You could put a QR code on your poster – this site will create a QR Code for you – so that anyone with a smartphone can scan the code and go to your online content. Here’s the QR code for this site:

qrcode.22094175If your poster is in the field of biology and medicine – and you’re proud of it – deposit it here at F1000 posters.

Good luck!

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