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Poster Presentations

Showcasing some of the STEM research carried out by school students.

The conference will be showcasing some of the excellent research projects undertaken by young scientists in the UK and beyond.  All the posters will be on display during breaks alongside exhibitors from UK universities, industry and other STEM organisations.  All delegates are encouraged to view the projects and ask the students about them.

They will be adjudicated by a panel of judges and prizes will be awarded for the best posters.  Some of the projects will be selected to present to the conference, with additional prizes on offer for the best presentations.

I’m interested in giving a poster presentation

Applications for students wishing to give poster presentations are now open, and can be submitted here.  Applications close on 15th August 2019.

If you have any questions about giving a poster presentation, need any assistance in completing the form, or wish to submit your responses in an alternative format, please email Scarlett, [email protected].
Please note that all students participating in poster presentations must have a ticket to attend the conference.  Note: While tickets are now sold out, we have a small number of tickets reserved for poster presenters.  Therefore, we would encourage you to still apply to present a poster, even if you do not yet have a ticket.


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 Young Scientists Journal 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, Institute for Research in Schools project, 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 a ticket 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 9.15 on the day of the conference to set up.
  • Their projects will be adjudicated by a panel of judges (from among the workshop presenters and speakers) over the course of the day. The criteria upon which they will be judged are shown on this website. The judges’ decision is final.
  • Winning projects will be awarded prizes, generously donated by our sponsors. Where projects are submitted by a team of students, the prizes will be shared.
  • The best projects will be selected to be presented to the conference during the day. The presentations are strictly limited to 5 minutes and may be filmed (please let us know if you can’t be filmed- we’d still like you to participate!).  Students wishing to present should indicate this when applying to bring a poster to the conference.

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 organisation of material. Clarity of graphics and legends.

Applications for poster presentations are now open, and can be submitted here.

  • The number of places available is limited and so we can only take the best posters.
  • Each student/team wishing to participate in the poster competition should complete the application form, available here.
  • If you have any questions, need any assistance in completing the form, or wish to submit your responses in an alternative format, please contact Scarlett ([email protected]).
  • Students who wish to give a 5 minute talk to the conference attendees are asked to additionally make a 90 second “elevator pitch” film.  These can be uploaded to YouTube (private listings are fine) and the link sent to us using the application form linked above.
  • Students do not need to provide their finished poster when applying, it is sufficient to 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 15th August 2019.