Poster Guidelines

Thank you for accepting your place in the programme at the forthcoming 2024 CONUL Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We have been working hard over the past few months to bring together the Conference programme and appreciate your contribution to it. Below you will find some useful information to ensure that presenting at the 2024 CONUL Conference is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for all.

Conference Programme

The conference programme has been published on the website . Please check the programme to make sure that you know where and when you are scheduled to present. Poster presenter(s) are expected to be available during the allocated poster session time(s) on the conference programme to speak to conference delegates about your work. Delegates will be encouraged to read the posters throughout the conference programme.

The Conference Venue

On arrival at the conference venue on Wednesday 29 May 2024 please ask at the registration desk for information on setting up your poster. All poster presenters must register before 10.00am on Wednesday 29 May and have posters displayed in their allotted space prior to the opening of the conference.

Poster Format

The poster should be of A1 portrait size (0.594m x 0.841m) and professionally printed. All expenses for design and printing are the responsibility of the presenter(s). The presenter is responsible for printing the poster and bringing it to the conference.

Posters should not be mounted on rigid backing as they will be displayed on poster boards. The poster boards are made of soft cloth material. You can attach your poster using adhesive velcro, which will be supplied at registration.

The final version of the printed poster should be submitted as a PDF file for publishing online post-conference. Please email the file to by 5pm 13th May. Please use the following convention when naming your PDF file:

2024_CONUL_Poster_FirstnameSurname e.g. 2024_CONUL_Poster_JaneBloggs.pdf

Poster presentation at the conference

Poster presenter(s) should ensure their poster is displayed in the allotted space prior to the opening of the conference on Wednesday 29 May 2023.

At the conference it would be ideal to have a leaflet/brochure of your poster to give to delegates along with your contact details.

At least one of the presenters for each poster should be available during the poster exhibition sessions during the conference to explain to delegates about their work and answer delegates’ questions.

CONUL Training & Development Best Poster Prize
A prize will be awarded for the best poster, and also for the posters placed 2nd and 3rd. Prizes are sponsored by CONUL Training & Development.

All posters will be available online after the conference. Posters from previous CONUL conferences are available here:

Notes: The following guidelines may be helpful when you are preparing your poster presentation:

Full use of colour, bold and larger typefaces is encouraged and all sections of the poster should be clearly legible from a distance of 2 metres. Text size needs to be large enough to be read easily from about 1 metre away.

Include on your poster:

  • poster title
  • presenter(s) name(s), organisation and a contact email address
  • a short summary of the project/research (1-2 sentences)
  • the main text, using sub-headings and graphics to separate it into easily digested blocks. This might include why you undertook this work, what you did, the outcome/findings, next steps, lessons learned etc.

The use of illustrative material, photographs etc. is recommended. Remember the visual impact of your poster is important.

The design should give quick impact and attract immediate interest. Simplicity is the key. It does not need to include lots of details, just the main points. Use bullets, short sentences and small blocks of text. Use graphics and images that support the text to demonstrate your findings, break up the text and make it attractive to read.

Your broad outline should include a statement of the issue or theme, a description of methods used, a presentation of results and summary of the work.

Explanatory handouts can be useful to fill in more detail.