Poster session PhD day Guidelines and practicalities

PhD day 2016

Foto: Fredrik Hovind Juell / Colourbox

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Science Library invites all Ph.D. candidates at the faculty to participate in the Poster session on PhD day 2016 June 10th. Prize for best poster is NOK 10 000, and additionally an audience best prize NOK 2000.

Reach out with your research

Grab the opportunity to reach out with your research in the foyer of the Science Library! If your abstract is accepted, your poster will be on display for students, fellow Ph.D. candidates, professors, faculty members and possible future employers on PhD day 2016! This is a unique chance for you to disseminate your research to a wide audience and to show that Ph.D. candidates at the MN faculty, the University of Oslo, care about science communication!


The posters accepted for participation on PhD day 2016 at the University of Oslo will be assessed based on their ability to appeal to a mixed audience and by how clearly they convey their content.

Posters will NOT be assessed based on the quality of their actual content. We’re evaluating the poster, not the research.

Broadly defined, the target audience for PhD Day might be considered to include all UiO students and staff, as well as visitors from the general public and press.

Scientific posters often tend to be content-heavy, making them somewhat foreboding to those outside the specific field of research. Although it is not an explicit requirement, when planning your poster you might wish to consider whether the focus of your work can be simplified in order to communicate efficiently to a broader audience.

A good poster should typically be able to lure and capture the attention of its viewers, through the use of any combination of striking imagery, illustration or text. It ought also to have a clear and logical structure, making it easy for the reader to follow a hierarchy of information from beginning to end.

Criteria in simple terms

Immediate appeal: Is this attention-grabbing? Original? At a glance, does it visually signal the core content in an immediate, clear, meaningful and relevant manner?

Clarity of content and structure:

  • Are we going to be able to find our way through this with relative ease?
  • Has adequate consideration been given to typography, lay-out and illustration?
  • Are these elements presented in a visually harmonious way?
  • How is the quality of any illustration/imagery used?
  • The arrangement? Legibility? Colour contrasts?
  • Systematic use of colour (or similar) as a navigational device?


The poster session will take place in the foyer in the Science Library.

Size: A0 (portrait / landscape)

Format: .pdf or .pptx

To register, you need to submit an abstract limited to 250 Words. Extended deadline for abstract submission: Friday May 13th at 1:00 pm.

The abstract should preferrably consist of

  • Introduction
  • Material and methods
  • Results
  • Discussion

Keep in mind that the target group for this poster session is a broad audience, not necessarily familiar with your field.

NB! The number of posters that will be exhibited is limited, and you will get feedback on your abstract from the jury on May 18th. To be accepted for the poster session, your abstract needs to be understandable for a PhD student or higher from all different fields covered by the MN faculty, and understandability will be used as criteria for acceptance. We do not require that your results are previously unpublished.

If your abstract is accepted, you must hand in a file with your poster. Deadline: Monday May 30th at 9:00 am.

Note that you are expected to participate and present your poster on PhD day 2016 June 10th.

Prize for best poster: NOK 10 000.

Audience best poster prize: NOK 2000.

Further questions? Send them to


  • Solveig Kristensen, Professor and Vice Dean, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo
  • Jessica Lönn-Stensrud, Ph.D. and Senior Academic Librarian, The Science Library, University of Oslo
  • Sam Bannister, Assistant Professor at Faculty of Communication, Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology
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Published Mar. 11, 2016 11:35 AM - Last modified May 30, 2016 12:59 PM