Conference Date: April 13, 2019

Poster Requirements

Poster Guidelines 

Once your proposal has been approved, please follow the below for details to prepare for your poster presentation.  The poster is a tool to present your research and its findings; it builds upon the proposal and goes into further details.  Poster size, fonts, titles and subheading formats are fixed to give the poster presentation a uniform appearance.  For submission of posters, all the specified guidelines must be followed carefully.

Template of your Research Competition Submission File

Poster submission deadline: March 16,  2019

Poster Content and structure

The poster should include:

  1. Title
    The title of the poster is a very important part that attracts the audience to read through your poster.  Keep the title short, interesting and relevant to your topic.
  2. Introduction
    The introduction should give a clear and concise description of the selected topic, mention the significance of the topic to sustainable development and give some background of the topic.
  3. Methods/literature review
    Discuss the approach used and the reasoning behind it. For some of the topics, a literature review is the only feasible option; you can also title this section literature review. 
  4. Results and Discussion
    This is the area where you present your findings and discuss them.  Results or findings can be collected through interviews, experimental or field work, and from reading through others work.  In the discussion, you can talk about your findings and your opinion.  It’s good practice to use charts and graphs in this section.   
  5. Conclusion
    Briefly review your findings here, with concluding remarks.  Mention why your findings are interesting, and prospects for future research.
  6. Acknowledgements
    Mention names of teachers, mentors, advisors, and counselors who have helped you gather and present material for your research. 
  7. References
    It is crucial for any professional work to be referenced properly. Please use the APA style referencing to reference papers, websites etc. for the information that you collect to present your work.

    For APA style referencing guide, visit the link : 

Poster Specifications

Please pay special attention to details below:

  • Poster Dimensions: A0 Vertical (portrait)
  • File Naming – Researchers last names – HSMC - First word of title
  • File Type – Please submit original PowerPoint file.
  • Page set up in PowerPoint – A0 = 84.1cm W x 118.9 cm H or 33.11” inch W x 46.81”inch H
  • Fonts – recommended to use san serif, can also choose from Arial, Calibri, Tahoma, Verdana
  • Title of poster – font size 60 to 80
  • Section headings – font size 40 to 50
  • Sub section headings – font size 4 to 8 less than section headings
  • Content of poster – font size 24 to 39
  • Pictures/graphs/illustrations description – font size 24 to 28
  • Acknowledgements and references – font size 24 to 28
  • Line spacing – 1.5 or double


  • Starting with the right size is important, as changing the size once you have worked on the poster will create problems when printing.
  • All horizontal submissions will be returned for reformatting (they will not fit presentation boards).
  • All posters should be produced using PowerPoint.
  • In PowerPoint before starting, go to page setup under file menu and choose dimensions given above.
  • When using photos, graphs, logos, make sure they are high resolution, if not they will look out of focus.
  • Try not to use too many different fonts, best to use only one type, if required you can use up to two different types.
  • Use simple and plain language for the content of the poster.
  • If you have lots of information to share with the audience, use a handout.
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