Poster presentation

A poster presentation is a way to communicate your research or your understanding of a topic in a short and concise format. It usually includes two elements - a poster and a brief (usually no more than 2 minutes) explanation.

You will need to analyse and evaluate information, synthesise ideas and creatively demonstrate your understanding of a topic or the findings of your research. Although many students view poster presentations as 'easy', they actually require a lot of thought and preparation.

Poster presentations develop your ability to communicate perceptively (matching your explanation to your audience) and concisely - an important workplace skill.


The purpose of your poster presentation will be shaped by how they are used in your discipline and by the assessment task itself.

Make sure you read the instructions carefully. Do they indicate the purpose of the poster? What is the poster expected to achieve? This is your purpose.

Now that you have an idea about why you are creating a poster, start to think about the content you want to include.

This tutorial will take you through the basic elements of poster presentations. It includes: