top of page

BAFTSS 8th Annual Conference 2020

Postgraduate Research Poster Showcase

Update: This competition has now closed. You can view the shortlisted posters and vote for your favourite entry here.

The BAFTSS Executive Committee would like to invite postgraduate members to showcase their doctoral research during the BAFTSS 2020 conference on Rethinking Screen Cultures at the University of St Andrews (16-18 April 2020).  We will host a display of research posters in a central space at the conference, and offer a prize of £100 to the research poster that is considered to be most successful by the conference delegates. Our aim is to provide a structured yet comfortable forum for scholarly exchange, while promoting the visibility of the research being conducted within our postgraduate community.



The key to a successful poster is to distill your research into brief text and a clear design that will spark the interest of conference delegates and facilitate conversation with them.  We are looking for a snapshot of your research that engages an audience with the broad lines rather than the forensic detail of your arguments. We are looking for a good balance between text and visuals, and want your poster to be the platform for further discussion with delegates inspired to find out more about your work. 


Here are some examples of successful research posters:

BAFTSS 2019 PG Research Poster Showcase Winner: Hasmik Gasparyan

BAFTSS 2018 PG Research Poster Showcase Winner: Abigail Whittall

Examples of successful posters

Closing Date: Monday 10th February 2020

Please submit a draft of your poster as an attachment (in PDF format) in the first instance to the BAFTSS Acting Secretary Liz Watkins ( Please include the following details on your poster: your name, University affiliation and email address.

Accepted Poster Presentations: Monday 24th February 2020

Presenters whose posters are selected for display at the BAFTSS 2019 conference will be notified by 24th February 2020.


Submission of final poster designs: Monday 30th March 2020

Those presenters whose poster is selected for display at the conference will need to submit their final design as a PowerPoint Slide or Tiff File to Liz Watkins ( no later than Monday 30th March 2020.


The poster will be printed and displayed at A2 size; it can be formatted as either portrait or landscape. The poster will be printed in colour, unless you specify otherwise.


The main BAFTSS conference deadline for research paper abstracts and panel proposals is 16th December 2019. Research Poster Proposals can be submitted after this date and up until 10th February 2020.


Notes on Poster Presentations

There are some notes and suggestions on poster presentations on the BAFTSS available here:


Notes on poster presentations


There is a lot of information on the internet about poster design, and these sites give specific ideas and guidance for Humanities researchers:


Western University: Design Tips for Creating an Arts and Humanities Poster

American Historical Association: Poster Session General Information

bottom of page