Call for Posters (Closed)

At this year's conference, we are encouraging participants to present a poster of their research. Posters are an established feature of conferences in other disciplines and are becoming increasingly common at legal events, particularly in the US.

Posters allow you to present the core aspects of your research in a central location within a conference and are suitable for doctrinal, theoretical and empirical projects.

Here is an example of a poster from a recent conference held at Queen Mary University; please click for a larger version:

We would welcome posters on any topic, including those which engage with this year's conference theme: 'Pressing Problems in the Law and Legal Education'. The call is open to all colleagues at any stage of their career.

It is envisaged that posters will be displayed for two days - some during section A of the conference (11th-12th September) and some during section B (13th-14th September). There may be some flexibility, however, for those only able to attend the conference for one day. As different subject sections meet during sections A and B, we will seek to allocate your poster to the most appropriate section.

WHY PRESENT A POSTER?

Papers provide you with an opportunity to convey the details of your research to those attending a particular subject section. In contrast, posters provide you with an opportunity to present a summary of your research but to a much wider audience. Posters will be displayed in the Great Hall - the central location of the conference. This venue will feature the publishers' displays and be used for lunches and coffee breaks. As such, your poster will be on view to all conference participants, including publishers. The idea is that you will stand with your poster during the breaks so that you can discuss your research in more detail with interested participants. Your poster is a means for you to attract the interest of participants and to provoke in-depth discussion with them on a one-to-one basis. As such, posters not only provide you with an effective means of disseminating your research widely amongst the academic community but they also provide an excellent means of networking with your colleagues and of meeting new people.

The title of your poster will be advertised in the conference programme, which is published on the SLS website in advance of the conference and in hard copy at the conference. A prize will be awarded for the best poster.

RESPONDING TO THE CALL

If you would like to present a poster, please submit a title and a brief written abstract of your research, as you would for a paper, to Annette Morris at MorrisA7@cardiff.ac.uk by 31st March 2012. You do not need to submit a provisional image of your poster at this stage. Please let Annette know if you have also responded to the call for papers issued by the subject section convenors.

Please note that those presenting a poster will need to book and pay the relevant rate for attending the conference in the same way as those presenting papers. You do not need to be an SLS member to present a poster though membership attracts a preferential conference rate.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Annette by e-mail or on 02920 874580.

DESIGNING AN EFFECTIVE POSTER

Your poster should be printed on A1 paper and laminated. As your poster is your means of attracting participants' interest and attention, it is crucial for you to adopt an effective design. It should be readable from a distance of around 2 metres. It should also feature a strong title and be clear and uncluttered. Avoid the temptation to cram your poster with all of the details you would normally convey in a paper. Remember, the idea is to draw people in and to encourage one-to-one discussion of the detail. As such, posters should contain:

  • Your name and contact details;
  • Your title;
  • A summary of your main thesis or research objective;
  • A summary of your supporting arguments or key findings
  • A summary of any wider issues or questions raised by your research.

Here are a few more examples of posters presented at legal conferences in the UK and the US:

Example 2

Example 3

http://www.aals.org/am2007/posters.html
http://www.aals.org/am2008/posters.html

As you can see, presenters adopt a variety of different approaches. They key is to finding the approach best suited to your individual research project. There are a large number of websites offering guidance on poster design, some containing templates which you may wish to use. Here are some of the most useful websites we have found:

http://www.ncsu.edu/project/posters/NewSite/#Note0
http://writingcenter.gmu.edu/resources-template.php?id=52
http://www.uwex.edu/ces/tobaccoeval/pdf/postertips.pdf
http://colinpurrington.com/tips/academic/posterdesign
http://lorien.ncl.ac.uk/ming/Dept/Tips/present/posters.htm
http://www2.napier.ac.uk/gus/writing_presenting/academic_posters.html
http://www.tltc.ttu.edu/teach/PresentingConferencePapersAndPostersInTheHumanities.asp

Some are directed at other disciplines, whilst others are directed at students. Together, however they should provide sufficient guidance.

Please do not hesitate to contact Annette if you require any further assistance.

Please note that you will be expected to attend the conference with your laminated poster ready to display. Neither the SLS nor Bristol University can provide printing facilities.

Annette Morris
Cardiff Law School
MorrisA7@cardiff.ac.uk
02920 874580


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