Poster Presentations

Students may bring poster presentations on projects or other work they have done.

Students are able to bring a poster presentation on an existing project or research they have done, or simply share something they are interested in. Students will have a stall for their work, and will have the privileged opportunity talk with our speakers and other attendees. The presentations will be filmed and a panel of judges will award a variety of prizes, kindly provided by our sponsors. We have a limited number of places available so students will have to apply below.

A selection of presentations from our previous conferences

Get a flavour of what a poster presentation is about.

What people say about poster presentations


For me, explaining scientific concepts, in particular from my area of physics, to the wider public who can share my excitement gives me a huge buzz and is just as important as doing the research itself.”

Jim Al Khalili

Theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster

The poster presentations were interesting and educational, a real triumph

2014 Conference Attendee

Giving a poster presentation is a great way to meet new people, and demonstrate your skills as a science communicator to those at the conference and beyond as all the presentations will be filmed and put online.

Christina Astin

Journal Mentor and Head of Partnerships, The King's School Canterbury

Essential info

All the information you need about poster presentations

  • Students attending the YSJournal conference are invited to submit poster presentations on science research they have carried out.  The research may be experimental or review-based, and may be ongoing or complete.
  • Research can be on any STEM topic and may have been carried out for a CREST award, Nuffield project, summer work placement, through a Royal Society Partnership Grant, for coursework, curricular or extra-curricular.
  • Projects may be submitted by more than one student (as long as all those involved have registered individually for the conference).  Such projects are expected to show greater scope, in relation to the number of students involved.
  • Posters will be displayed on a noticeboard which is about 1m high and 50cm wide, secured with drawing pins.
  • Here is a link to a helpful guide for creating your poster.
  • ALL students wishing to present posters must arrive at 9.30 on the day of the conference to set up; lunch will be provided for them.
  • Their projects will be adjudicated by a panel of judges (from among the workshop presenters) over the course of the day.  The criteria upon which they will be judged are shown on this website.  The judges’ decision is final.
  • Students of the 2 winning projects will be awarded prizes of each, generously donated by our sponsors. Where projects are submitted by a team of students, the prizes will be shared.
  • All presenters will present their project to the conference in a lecture theatre at 13:00. The presentations will be filmed and are limited to 5 minutes students may bring slides on a USB memory stick to use if they wish.

A) Research Objective (10 pts)

  • Clear and focused purpose/title/aim

B) Method: Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation (20 pts)

  • If original research:  Systematic and sufficient data collection planned and analysed; reproducible results; appropriate application of mathematical and statistical methods; control mechanism; ethical standards adhered to.
  • If review project: Sensible and sufficient resources consulted, analysed and evaluated.  Full references acknowledged

C) Scientific understanding (10 pts)

Underlying science is accurate, well understood and well-explained.


D) Communication (10)

  • All members of the poster presentation are able to communicate their project effectively and answer questions to a high standard.
  • Visual design of presentation
  • Logical organization of material.  Clarity of graphics and legends.

We only have 20 places available and so can only take the best posters. We would like each student wishing to present at the conference to make a one minute “elevator pitch”  film that is uploaded to YouTube and the link and a brief description sent to us using the form on this page. This isn’t your finished poster, you just pitch/present your idea for your poster presentation. We will apply the same judging criteria as on the day. All entries must be submitted by 1st of September 2016.

I’m interested in giving a poster presentation

Drop us a line if you want to find out more about giving a presentation or if you’d like to apply to give a presentation write a brief paragraph below with a link to your YouTube elevator pitch. If you are selected to present a poster you will be guaranteed a ticket to attend.

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