Poster Presentation

Geographical Poster Presentations

Each team (students only) is to prepare a poster and give a poster presentation related to the theme of the 2014 International Geographical Union Conference which will be held in Kraków.

Theme of the poster presentation: Challenges of Contemporary Urban Areas

The spatial, social and economic structures of urban areas are constantly changing – whether they are global cities or small towns. Changes cause challenges and problems for citizens, local authorities, and urban and regional planners to solve. Students should select an urban area within their home country, and prepare a poster presenting a specific issue which that urban area faces. For example, this could be changes and challenges related to mass transit, population diversity, pollution, urban sprawl, or any other relevant issue. Students’ posters should also suggest ways to solve the related problems affecting that urban area.

Teams are NOT ALLOWED to use a poster or presentation that is developed by someone else.

The Poster Presentations will take place on the evening of Saturday 16 August.

The Poster

The poster is not an advertising-type poster but is similar to the type of posters that geographers would produce for a poster presentation session at a conference. The elements of an effective poster are:

  1. Focused, limited topic.
  2. Clearly-written title and authors.
  3. Self-explanatory graphics. These should dominate the poster. Types of graphics that could be used include maps, photos, graphs, flowcharts, diagrams, and tables (they should contain a reference to the sources of data).
  4. A minimal amount of text to describe and analyse the issue and draw some conclusions. Use short sentences and bullet point. The text should be large enough to read from 1.5 to 2 m away.

Some poster ‘experts’ suggest that the right proportion is about 20-25% text, 40-45% graphics and 30-40% empty space.

The size of the poster should be between A1 (594 x 841 mm) and A0 (841 x 1189 mm) If you prepare a full A0-sized poster, then you will need to orient it vertically. The maximum width of your poster must be 1000 mm.

There is no need to go to the expense of printing your poster out on a single sheet of paper. You can use old-fashioned cut-and-paste (with glue!) to put the elements together on a single large sheet of card/paper, and bring it in a protective roll. We will not be providing facilities for you to finish them off.

If you are not familiar with conference posters, there is a lot of information on the web on poster design. This is one example:

Not everything on this website will be relevant to you because you are (probably) not presenting your own research, but it will give your ideas of layout, size of the text, etc. Your leaders may be able to recommend other websites in your own language.

Poster presentation

At conferences authors present their posters by standing beside them and talking to a couple of people at a time. At the iGeo we will organize it in the following way: the poster presentation will last approximately 1½ hours. During this time there will always be at least one team member beside their poster, and this function is rotated among the team members. This would usually mean that one student would spend about 20 minutes explaining the issue in their poster to other students and leaders and answering their questions, and about 1 hour listening to presentations from other students and asking them questions. Alternatively students can do this in pairs, spending half the time explaining their poster, and half the time looking at other posters.

Posters will be judged by members of the other teams and their leaders. Each person will have the ability to vote for 3 posters, by attaching a sticker “I like”. One vote is equal to one point.

Each poster and presentation will be also assessed by a Jury which will consist of 2 members of the Organizing Committee. The Jury will take into account the topic and information presented, and also the aesthetic aspects of the poster. The final count will consist of 50% of the participants’ vote and 50% of the jury’s vote. The three teams that obtain the highest points will be the winners. The winning posters will be displayed as part of the poster exhibition of the IGU 2014 Conference. These posters will not be taken down until the end of the IGU Conference. If a team want its winning poster back, they will need to leave an addressed mailing tube with the iGeo organisers.