Call For Posters

The Call for Posters for the 2017 Learning and Teaching Fourm has now closed.

Staff were invited to submit a poster idea that will provoke discussion on a theme aligned to the UNSW 2025 strategy.  The posters will be showcased at the forum and a prize will be awarded for the best poster, as voted by forum attendees. Posters will also be published online on the Teaching Gateway of the UNSW website. 

Poster Templates


Guides for printed posters

When submitting your poster, submit your file as a PDF in the format yourname.pdf (If using Adobe Illustrator, please select "Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities"). Please submit in A1 size to be used for the poster, and A4 size to be used for the poster eBooklet.

Adobe Illustrator and InDesign templates can be downloaded from Office 365 here.  You will need to sign in with your UNSW credentials.


Poster Submision

Posters must be submitted to [email protected] by Monday 9th October. Please ensure the accuracy of the information you provide as it will be published in forum materials and the forum Posters e-Booklet. You can refer to the 2016 Forum Posters Booklet for guidance.

Criteria for Poster Presentations

  • The poster should be designed to provoke discussion but only needs to focus on one aspect of your teaching practice

  • The printed poster should use and follow the guidelines in the templates provided below (Note: PVC (E) will organise the printing of your posters)

  • A poster is a visual communication tool and serve as: a source of information; a conversation starter; a summary of your work; an advertisement of your work

  • The poster should be visually appealing

  • The poster should ideally include the voices of students (e.g. student feedback)

  • The poster should be of appropriate publication quality for inclusion in the booklet.

  • The text should be easily read from a distance of 1.5–2 meters

When developing your poster you might like to draw on the following tips which have been adapted from Hess, George R: Effective Scientific Posters: Quick Reference

Get your message across with visual displays and small blocks of supporting text. Think of your poster as an illustrated abstract.

Tell readers why your work matters, what you did, what you found, and what you recommend. Avoid excessive focus on methods - it's the results and implications that count!

Overall appearance. Use a pleasing arrangement of graphics, text, colours. Your poster should be neat and uncluttered - use white space to help organise sections. Balance the placement of text and figures.

Organisation. Use the headings to help readers find what they're looking for: Context, objective, impact, conclusions, etc. A columnar format helps traffic flow in a crowded poster session.

Minimize text - use graphics. Keep text in blocks of no more than 50-75 words - don't create large, monolithic paragraphs of prose.

Use colour cautiously. Dark letters on light background are easiest to read. Stick to a theme of 2-3 colours. Avoid overly bright colours.

Don't fight reader gravity, which pulls the eyes from top to bottom (first), and left to right.

Prepare a verbal explanation. Colleagues may ask you to "walk them through" your poster. In making such a presentation, avoid reading the poster. Instead, give the big picture, explain why the problem is important, and use the graphics on your poster to illustrate and support your findings and recommendations.