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Research Showcase Week| 10-17 September 2018

A showcase of postgraduate students’ research in Science

We invite you to join us in our 2018 Faculty of Science Research Showcase commencing 10 September.

This exciting, week-long event will feature postgraduate posters displayed across the ground floors of the Science buildings, opportunities to hear about research from students, people’s choice voting and other competitions.

This showcase provides an excellent opportunity for research students to present their research to their peers and the University of Auckland staff and student community.

Poster Competition
Online Orientation
Poster Competition at the Chemical Sciences Research Showcase

Postgraduate Poster Competition 2018

Information for entrants

The Faculty of Science would like to invite all students who are currently enrolled in postgraduate research in Science to enter the 2018 Postgraduate Poster Competition.

Please review the information provided below prior to registration.


Important dates, registration and venue

Important dates

Thursday 6 September, 12pm | CAI printing deadline

Friday 7 September, 12pm | Online registration and poster submission closes

10-14 September, 11am-1pm | Chat with the researcher poster talks

Monday 17 September 4-6pm | Prize giving function


13 August- 7 September | Registrations and submissions open

Registrations must be made online, late registrations and submissions will not be accepted.

Register here


Poster Display, ‘Chat with the researcher’ event and People’s Choice voting will be held across the ground floor foyers of buildings 301, 302 & 303.

Posters should be submitted into the Science Student Centre.


Registration and submission

Register yourself into the competition by filling out the Faculty of Science competition Registration form.

After your registration is complete and your poster is printed, please submit your poster into the Science Student Centre located on the ground floor of 301.

Registration and submissions will be open from Monday 13 August- Friday 7 September 12pm. Late registrations and submissions will not be accepted.



All entries for the Faculty of Science Poster Competition require an abstract. The abstract should be a maximum of 300 words and it must include the title and your name and department. You may wish to divide the content into sections e.g: background, objectives, methods, results and discussion. The abstract must be text only (no diagrams etc).

Your supervisor will be contacted by the organising committee to ensure all details are correct.



A number of prizes are on offer for well-presented posters:

  • First place | $1500
  • Second place | $1000
  • Third place | $500
  • Merit | Five awards of $200 each will be awarded for merit
  • People's choice | Four awards of $50 each will be awarded for people’s choice, decided by staff and students attending the week-long event

All staff and students will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite poster and poster talk in the new People’s choice award.The top prizes will be awarded by a judging panel made up of academics and professional staff across the faculty.

The top ranked posters (20) from this competition will be automatically entered into the School of Graduate Studies and the Postgraduate Students’ Association (PGSA) Exposure Competition, and will be eligible to win further prizes. 



The Faculty of Science Postgraduate Poster Competition is the precursor to the School of Graduate Studies and the Postgraduate Students’ Association (PGSA) Exposure Competition. The Exposure committee requires that all posters destined for Exposure are entered into the Faculty of Science pre-competition.  In addition to the poster presentation, the categories for Exposure include an oral presentation, multimedia presentation and live performance.  Science students are welcome to enter any of these.  For further information please refer to the Exposure webpage.


Poster creation guidelines

  • Successful posters strike a balance between academic content, visualisation of research and appeal to a broad audience. The design of the poster must be the student’s own work.
  • Posters are to be flat, static, with no attachments. No moving images with the help of a smartphone or tablet will be allowed. If your poster has moving parts or images please consider entering the Variety Showcase category.
  • Title, student name and department must be included on the poster. The poster will not be included in the competition if missing any of these details.
  • Posters should be A1 size only and can be either landscape or portrait orientation. Larger or smaller than A1 size will not be accepted into the Faculty of Science Postgraduate poster competition.

Judging criteria

The judging criteria is available on the rules and prizes page of the Exposure webpage.


Workshops and resources

One | Tips for an engaging research display

Science specific skills and assistance offered to create effective poster displays with facilitator JC Gaillard.
Wednesday 15 August, 2-3pm, B303-G15 Please register to secure your place

Two | Presenting research with academic posters: Poster design, poster display, presentations

This workshop outlines the characteristics of an effective academic poster. It also provides practical tips for designing a poster that can be entered into the annual Exposure poster competition or be displayed at an academic conference.
*This workshop is open to doctoral students only.
Monday 27 August, 2-4pm, IC 420, Level 4, KEIC Please register to secure your place




  1. Posters can be printed through the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries (CAI) Digital Print Centre.  The Faculty of Science will cover the cost of printing one poster per student for the faculty display. 
  2. Posters will be printed on Jet Pro Satin that does not require laminating. 
  3. Please use your username to name your file name ie. abc001 and enter FoS Competition in the special instructions area of the request form. If you do not - your file will not be printed.
  4. The webpage is creative.auckland.ac.nz/printcentre. Please read file specifications and all other information carefully. Find the instructions titled ‘How to request a print – for staff or doctoral candidates using PReSS account
  5. You will need to complete the request form and use the dropbox to send your file for printing. Please read the instructions carefully. Windows Explorer is not the same thing as Internet Explorer and is not a web browser!
  6. All information is available on the website. Please read the web site carefully. You must use the site to request a print. You will be notified when your print is ready to collect. Your print will most likely be printed within one working day.
  7. Adobe illustrator is an ideal software for making posters. If you do not have this software you can use the CAI computer labs (Building 421-Room 526). At peak times (12-3pm) the labs can get very busy but there are always plenty of computers available in the morning and late afternoon.  
  8. It is not recommended to use PowerPoint as there may be some inconsistencies in your files and prints. Please refer to the website for file specifications.  http://www.creative.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/facilities-and-resources/print-centre.html
  9. Important – You must flatten your file before saving. 
  10. Posters may be collected from outside the CAI Print Centre on Level 2, Building 421 between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. The opening hours of the Print Centre are 1pm-5pm. Turnaround times vary. Please have your request and file to the print centre at least one day before you plan to submit your poster.
  11. Printing will only be covered by the faculty if done at the CAI Print Centre. Unfortunately, there is no reimbursement for printing at any other location.

School and Department contacts

Contact your departmental coordinator for more information




Biological Sciences


Chemical Sciences



Computer Science

Bruce Sham


Environmental Science



Exercise Sciences

Kharmin Sukhia


Marine Science TBC  


Anna Barry



Jeanette Anderson






Kathy Ruggiero