Graduate School Research Poster Conference
The annual Research Poster Conference provides a unique opportunity for doctoral researchers at all stages of their studies to present their research to a diverse mixed-disciplined audience. The Conference is an excellent practical forum for the development of a range of essential communication and networking skills. It is also a chance for University students and staff to foster productive interdisciplinary links and find out more about the range of exciting research that takes place at the University of Birmingham. The usual resources are required to deliver the event: a venue; catering & catering staff; additional helpers to assist on the day; and a means of producing and displaying the posters. We also provided 3 doctoral researchers with the opportunity to become part of the project team that organised the Research Poster Conference.
- University of Birmingham
- Date first submitted:
- 30 Jun 2009
- Date last modified:
- 3 May 2013
- Relationship to RDF:
- Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities
- Knowledge base
- Cognitive abilities
- Domain B: Personal effectiveness
- Personal Qualities
- Professional and career development
- Domain C: Research governance and organisation
- Professional conduct
- Research management
- Finance, funding and resources
- Domain D: Engagement, influence and impact
- Working with others
- Communication and dissemination
- Engagement and impact
- Personal effectiveness
- Research project skills
- Academic practice
- Knowledge exchange
- Career development
- Postgraduate researchers
- Stakeholders of postgraduate researchers
Rationale, aims and outcomes
What is the rationale for doing this?
How does it fit with institutional strategy?
What are the main features of the provision?
What are the aims and expected outcomes?
The Research Poster Conference is an opportunity for postgraduate researchers to communicate their research in poster form to the University and public and in doing so develop transferable skills in communication, networking, presentation and poster design. It is the flagship event for postgraduate researchers at the University of Birmingham and offers unique interdisciplinary and inter-institution networking and critique.
The applicants will at the first stage of application submit an abstract and then later submit a poster; both of these are done electronically. The University Graduate School organises and pays for the printing. We also offer optional face to face workshops in poster design and presentation skills as well as displaying a repertoire of online support on the website which is accessible to the postgraduate researcher in their own time.
Postgraduate researchers form a very important part of the University community and it is our privilege to nurture their development. Their hard work contributes a significant proportion of the research out-put of the University and their ability to communicate their ideas and research findings is an important part of our knowledge transfer activity. The Research Poster Conference plays an essential role in the University’s development and celebration of postgraduate researchers.
The aim is to provide postgraduate researchers with essential conference experience in a familiar setting, develop skills, to provide networking opportunities and to raise the raise the profile of themselves or their research.
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
There are no specific pre-requisites for submitting an abstract to the Research Poster Conference however we do expect a certain level of communication skills to be demonstrated within the abstract and poster.
Over one hundred postgraduate researchers present at the conference each year. The day also comprises of around forty five judges, three project support assistants, twelve prize givers, eight student helpers, workshop facilitators and over three hundred and fifty guests.
We encourage discussion before, during and after the event using Twitter.
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?
Immediately after the event we send online feedback forms to guests, judges and presenters covering a variety of topics including how they heard about the event to if they would consider attending again next year.
Challenges tend to be around increasing participation from the College of Arts and Law who do not traditionally produce and present posters into their disciplines. We have tried using the influence of a Project Support Assistant in the College of Arts and Law, however, this has only had minimal impact. Future ideas include filming people presenting and displaying this on the website to quell any fears regarding poster presentation.