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Poster Guidelines

Poster Content and Structure

The poster should include:

Title: The title of the poster is a very important part that attracts the audience to read through your poster. Keep the title short, interesting and relevant to your topic.

Introduction: The introduction should give a clear and concise description of the selected topic, mention the significance of the topic to sustainable development and give some background of the topic.

Methods / Literature Review: Discuss the approach used and the reasoning behind it. For some of the topics, a literature review is the only feasible option; you can also title this section literature review.

Results and Discussion: This is the area where you present your findings and discuss them. Results or findings can be collected through interviews, experimental or field work, and from reading through others work. In the discussion, you can talk about your findings and your opinion. It’s good practice to use charts and graphs in this section.

Conclusion: Briefly review your findings here, with concluding remarks. Mention why your findings are interesting, and prospects for future research.

Acknowledgements: It is crucial for any professional work to be referenced properly. Please use the APA style referencing to reference papers, websites etc. for the information that you collect to present your work.

Poster Specifications

Please pay special attention to the details below:

  • Poster Dimensions: 85cm x 140xm (portrait)

  • File Type – Please submit original Pdf file.

  • Page set up in PowerPoint = 85cm W x 140 cm H

  • Fonts – recommended to use San Serif font like Arial, Calibri, Tahoma, Verdana

  • Title of poster – font size minimum 66pt to 96pt

  • Section headings – font size 40pt to 50pt

  • Sub section headings – font size 4pt to 8pt less than section headings.

  • Content of poster – font size 24pt to 36pt

  • Pictures/graphs/illustrations description – font size 24pt to 28pt

  • Acknowledgements and references – font size 24pt to 28pt

  • Line spacing – 1.5 or double. Do not single space.

  • The size of your font will depend on word count and other factors.

  • Do not extend text boxes to edge of poster.

  • Make sure to include adequate margins in the textbox.


Starting with the right size is important as changing the size once you have worked on the poster will create problems. All posters should be produced using PowerPoint and converted into pdf.

When using photos, graphs, logos, make sure they are high resolution, if not they will look out of focus.

The use of solid color full backgrounds is not recommended. Especially black or any other dark color. But do use colors for box outlines, title font or where it compliments poster.

Try not to use too many different fonts, best to use only one type, if required you can use up to two different types.

Use simple and plain language for the content of the poster. The design should look good, using attractive colors, graphics and typography

Use of Art

Please use PHOTOS, ILLUSTRATIONS, CHARTS, GRAPHS, ETC. to compliment your work. This will make your poster more interesting and more easily read. If using photographs or illustrations, please find the highest resolution possible.


Please use your company/ institutions logo in this attached space.