Conclusions and reflection
A research conference allows researchers to come together, to present their work or the research focus of their research group and to meet with other researchers to discuss, debate and collaborate. During any one academic year, most research areas will have a variety of conferences to attend. Some of the conferences may be departmental or arranged by a particular group or body on behalf of its members. Conferences can be national or international and can vary in size considerably. The thing that most conferences have in common is the opportunity for postgraduate students and new postdoctoral researchers to present their research, usually in the form of a conference poster and less commonly in the form of an oral presentation.
Presenting a conference poster is a great opportunity to:
- Introduce yourself and your research to your peers and the wider research community
- Meet other researchers and research students and exchange ideas
- Learn new techniques that have been developed in other research groups
- Develop links with other researchers and research groups that have shared research interests (academically and technically)
When presenting a poster at a conference, you are not only representing yourself but also your research group and your department or institution. Your poster should therefore be of the highest standard.
Additionally, your poster and any accompanying abstract are a form of publication that can be added to your academic CV.
The learning materials here aim to give some guidance on the practical aspects of presenting a poster at a conference and on producing an accompanying abstract, where necessary.
Constellation author: John Albarran, with contributions from Dr Olivia Billingham, University of the West of England, Bristol.