Exhibition: Guidelines for Poster Proposals

Exhibition: Guidelines for Poster Proposals

The poster presentation format has been set up with a view to providing more opportunities for researchers to share their work with a wider academic community, gain conference experience and network. Posters may address any area relevant to the conference (cf. Call for Abstracts) and may be any size up to A1 (60cm x 80cm) or equivalent made up of separate sheets. Posters are normally viewed from a distance of 1-2 metres, so size/choice of the text and/or illustrations (pictures, graphs, charts, etc.) should be well thought-out.

Poster presentations are designed as storyboards, using graphics, charts and other eye-catching information posted on a bulletin board to provide conference participants with a more visual and informal engagement with research projects. These are usually graphic presentations of project findings displayed through graphs, charts, figures, photos, tables, and a small amount of text on a poster board. During poster sessions, participants are invited to prepare and post a visual summary of key arguments, facts, experiences, findings and conclusions for viewing by conference attendees. The posters will be grouped together in exhibition-style rows. The poster format allows presenters an alternative platform to speak in a more informal space while standing next to their posters, as they speak to smaller groups of people. The interaction is more personalized to the questions of the attendee/reviewer.

The poster should contain the following content:

  • Title
  • Author(s) and Affiliation
  • Motivation for the study, research question(s)/main argument(s)
  • Methodology
  • Key findings
  • Conclusion(s)

The purpose of the poster is to communicate the key points of a study in a way that is accessible, interesting and appealing to a range of attendees. The use of visual design elements can generate interest and communicate information effectively. Other approaches to presenting research (e.g. digital, audio, etc.) are welcome provided they are logistically feasible. Contributors are advised to choose/organise their content carefully and avoid swamping the audience with too much information.

Contributors can work individually or in pairs to produce a poster. A special area at the conference venue will be set aside for posters. Poster presenters will be timetabled to interact with the audience at a specific time during the conference. Students with successful poster presentation proposals will not be required to pay a conference fee. Poster presenters may submit a paper based on their poster presentation for consideration for publication in the conference proceedings.


Poster presentation proposals should be sent to the CODESRIA Scientific Committee by 10th April 2018. Successful applicants will be expected to submit full posters for a second round of review by 1st July 2018. The selected participants in the GA will be informed in August 2018. Applications should indicate the sub-theme in which the paper or panel is located.

For further information on the 15th CODESRIA General Assembly contact:

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