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In this section we have compiled all of the web links throughout this course, as well as listed some of the influential academic websites available online:

Introduction: What a poster should contain (pdf) and What a good/bad poster looks like (pdf).

Design > Layout: YouTube Videos using MS Powerpoint

Design > Colour: Adobe Kuler, Colourlovers, and

Design > Summary: View a video tutorial on how to wrap text in MS Word 2007.

Present: Hess’s Hanging Kit tips


We would suggest a free open-source desk top publishing application such as scribus, which will give you professional results at large paper sizes. For graphics work (graphs and diagrams etc), if you don't have access to Adobe Photoshop, try one of the many 'cloud' apps available online - splashup (like Adobe Photoshop, it creates images from scratch), fotoflexer or picnik (you need to upload a basic image to edit with these).

If you are using a microsoft product and require a pdf converter, a freely available add-in is available from the Microsoft Downoad Centre.


Swarthmore College, Colorado State University, PLoS Computational Biology, Eastern Kentucky University, Biophysical Journal (pdf), North Carolina State University, University of Newcastle upon Tyne


If you still feel like you need help with planning and designing your poster, there are many other sources of help and assistance:

  • The best source of assistance is often your supervisor themselves. 

  • Consult other experienced members of your group / department / institute / university who have presented posters at conferences.

  • Often, researchers will advertise their own research by putting their posters on the walls of laboratories / corridors / lecture theatres, which can be a source of ideas for your own poster.

  • More detailed descriptions of the advice offered in this online course is also available in a manual format (see pdf).