HDR poster guidelines and presentation tips

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First step

The first step for participating in the poster presentation is to submit your abstract.

Your 100-150 word abstract should contain:

  • Why is this research important and what questions are you trying to answer?
  • How did you go about solving or making progress on this problem/topic?
  • What are your findings?
  • What are the implications of your findings?

Please note:

  • The abstract should NOT contain any references to published works or literature.
  • Avoid using abbreviations in the abstract.
  • When concluding, try using the first point in a positive light. Positive words often build audience interest.

Abstracts should be submitted via the registration form no later than Monday 29 July. Short-listed candidates will be notified by Wednesday 31 July and invited to develop their abstract into a poster. Final poster artwork is required by Wednesday 21 August.

Abstract online registration form

HDR poster preparation guidelines

  • Include your name (and contact details if you wish).
  • Design your poster to look professional and to be easily read.
  • Use a coherent sequence (top to bottom or left to right) to guide the viewer through the poster.
  • Font style should be consistent throughout the poster. There is no restriction on the type of font used, or colour, but keep in mind that legibility is paramount.
  • Do not make your poster ‘text heavy’ (keep the message simple and avoid using too much text).
  • Include a title for your poster – it should capture the major aim of your research.
  • The poster artwork you produce will be digitally displayed, it will not be printed.
Poster size and layout

Your final poster artwork will be displayed digitally:

  • online through the Business Research Showcase website, allowing staff and students to view your poster and cast their vote for the most popular poster
  • on the a presentation screen in a teaching space within SAB (Building 80)

Your poster artwork should therefore be layed out in a landscape format only. You can set up your artwork at any size you wish, but it is recommended that it should be no smaller than A3 size (29.7cm high x 42cm wide).

Shortlisted candidates will be provided the RMIT logo and guidelines for appropriate use by the College Marketing and Business Development Unit. This should be included on your poster.

Text, fonts and sizes
  • The title of your poster should appear at the top.
  • Consider using section headings to break up the text and help the reader.
  • Poster text should be legible so that when the artwork file is projected on a large screen during your presentation, the audience will be able to read it. As a guide, text should not be smaller than 12pt font size on your original artwork.
  • If you have quite a bit of content, arranging text in columns will generally make it easier to read in poster format.
  • Ideally, text should not be aligned on the right-hand edge (“justified text”) as this often makes readability more difficult.
  • There are no specific restrictions on your choice of font.
Tables and figures
  • Use figures, graphs and photographs where appropriate and to add to the information and visual appeal of your poster. Make sure they’re clear and simple.
  • Prefer graphs to tables to present numerical data as graphs allow the reader to see trends more easily.
  • Number tables and figures according to the order in which they appear in the text. Give each table a title. (For example: Figure 1).
Saving and sending your final artwork

Once you are happy with your poster design, please read Saving as a PDF - Instructions (Pdf 67Kb) for details of how to save your document, then send to businessevents@rmit.edu.au with the subject line: “HDR Poster Competition”.

Presentation tips

You will have about three – five minutes to explain your poster to the audience. You should be prepared to answer questions your presentation might generate. Please note that judges may view your poster at times other than the designated judging sessions to review information and finalise their scoring.

Further information

Business Research
Research is a core College of Business activity. Both knowledge creation (through research) and knowledge dissemination (through teaching and work integrated learning) are essential activities in which we are engaged.