Maternity & Midwifery Forum

Tuesday 28th November 2017

The Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ

Free to all midwives, student midwives, maternity and childcare staff
Includes 10 hours of participatory learning towards your revalidation completely free.

Posters

Posters can be an excellent way of showcasing a project, innovation or study. We have allocated a section in the event specifically for posters, and you are invited to submit an abstract for the Poster exhibition, using the same abstract format. You may submit for both an oral and poster presentation.

Here are some ‘tip-top tips’ on poster presentation …

A poster is a great way of displaying your project/work or research in an attractive, visual and concise way, providing a way of discussing your work with other people. So it is worth spending some time and energy in developing your poster.

You need to plan the poster to a traditional A1 or A0 size

  • Draft what you want to include as content. Make sure you have your material correct, in terms of the research or project; grammar and spelling.
  • Aim for 3-500 words..too many words will reduce the impact, and might put off other delegates from starting to read your poster. You need to choose a clear type like ‘trebuchet’ or ‘arial’ and use a sufficiently large type so that it is easy to read.
  • Avoid too many sorts of fonts and sizes - It can look cluttered and not so ATTRACTIVE for people to read
  • Avoid italics, underlining and CAPITAL…sentence style with lower case is much easier on the eyes and is easier to read..
  • Remember you cannot include EVERY bit of your work..it just will not fit!!
  • Divide your poster into:
    • Abstract of the research, innovation or project will need to include a brief overview of the project as a whole, the methods used, and findings/results. Delegates will often read this before deciding to read the whole poster – so make this crisp, clear and interesting.
    • Introduction will need 3 or 4 ‘headline’ sentences highlighting the essential information necessary to understand the study/project/innovation and why it was done.
    • Objectives or perhaps the questions that were asked or the hypothesis which was tested should be concisely and clearly stated.
    • Methods can be included – either what new or old methods were used
    • Results can be illustrated by graphs, figures or tables. You will need to ensure that these are clear, and show what you really want to demonstrate. It might also be helpful to explain some of the results in a few words.
    • Discussion and conclusions (if appropriate) – state clear and concisely. Many delegates will read this first, so it should be easy to read and understand.
  • Gather up the images that you are going to use:
    • Photos – make sure these are sufficiently high quality originals – avoid downloading images from the web as these are often not sufficiently clear to be copied in
    • Tables and figures – make sure that these are drawn clearly, with clear lines and good size font
    • Think about images that really capture your work
    • Think about colour..it is better to use one or two colours for maximum impact

Remember to put your name and contact details at the bottom of the poster. This will be useful for conference participants to be able to contact you..and also useful if your poster was to get lost!

You can organise this on a template, using one the many sources available on line.

Alternatively, you can put your material into word, and stick on a piece of ‘flipchart paper’ to see what it will look like.

When you are drafting the poster, get a few colleagues to look at it and give you feedback…. And don’t get offended if they are honest about sections of it!

Once you are happy with the layout, you can download the poster onto a data stick and take it either to a university print unit, or a print shop, for printing out. It will cost around £15-30 depending on quality of paper used, size and speed required.

The poster can obviously only contain an edited version of the enormous work that you will have done, and so this is a really good opportunity to meet with midwives interested in your work, and share your experiences with them.

It is also useful to have a single A4 sheet handout with the same sort of information and in a similar lay-out to the poster, or even and exact representation of it. This provides a useful ‘take-away’ resource and is very popular with conference audiences.

For further information contact: Karen Stewart on 020 7324 4330 or email karen.stewart@neilstewartassociates.co.uk