Poster Sessions

Time: 13:10-14:30, 27th June 2016 and 11:30-13:00, 28th June 2016.

Location: Foyer & Mezzanine, Level 03

Co-ordinators: Luca Gasparini, Nadia Taou and Charalampos Kyfonidis

At this session, all delegates are invited to present their research to colleagues from other Scottish Universities. Each submitted poster will be reviewed by academics who are currently working within your research area. All posters will have a chance to compete for the Best Poster Award in three different categories: First year, Second year and Third year. This year, we are giving those who submit a poster the opportunity to have a technology demonstration alongside their poster.  Delegates can therefore submit a poster or a demonstration, or both.  Only the posters will be considered as part of the poster competition.

Submission criteria
Poster and demonstration will consist of at most 250 words, which will be submitted with the poster. No template will be provided for posters –  you have full freedom to design your poster. However, we do require the poster to be printed on A0 size paper (portrait only). Each poster will be assigned a specific space in the exhibition hall that will be announced prior to the event.  Also, please note that participants bringing a technology demonstration should bring their own laptop and equipment (including cables). Please note that references (maximum 6) should be included in the poster abstract. The submission may or may not include an appendix of a maximum 3 pages. However, this appendix may not be considered for reviews but can serve the purpose of clarifying something discussed in the poster abstracts.

Submissions should include:

  • 1 Abstract (max 250 words).
  • 1 page A0 poster PDF format.
  • Appendix (maximum 3 pages if applicable).

Our poster review panel will be comprised of experts from the four SICSA research themes, who will evaluate each poster submission against the defined criteria and give them a score. Each poster will be evaluated by two or three panellists who will be experts in that theme.

Poster Themes

First Year
Objective: Students will write an extended abstract presenting background study of his/her research area followed by a research question. Research problem may or may not be very solid but it should be clear enough to judge its merits.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Extensiveness of the background study (5)
  • Clarity in the research problem (5
  • Quality of writing (5)

Second Year
Objective: Students will write an extended abstract establishing a research statement and describing one or more feasible methods to reach his or her goal. Research statement needs to be clear and solvable.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Clarity of the research statement (5)
  • Feasibility of the methodology (5)
  • Quality of writing (5)

Third Year
Student will write an extended abstract to describe their PhD research work. It should have a thesis statement followed by a section describing design and methodology. Presentation of results and discussions are highly recommended.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Quality of the thesis statement (5)
  • Novelty of the design and methodology (5)
  • Effectiveness of the conclusion that may or may not have results (5)

We will shortlist 9 candidates (three from each year) from each SICSA research theme based on the earned scores given by reviewers. Then during the conference panelists will decide the winner for each year (irrespective of the research theme). Three prizes will be awarded, one for the winner of each year, and one prize will be awarded for the winner of the demo presentation. Please note that the 9 candidates will be presenting their posters at the final session on day two.

Key Dates

Abstract Submission: 11:59 pm, 25th May 2016.

Poster Submission: 11:59 pm, 25th May 2016.

Reviewers Feedback: 20th June 2016.


Submission Instructions
During the registration process you will be asked if you intend to present a poster and/or demonstration at the conference. Choose the option that is relevant to you. Please submit your poster abstract and poster PDF here.

If you have any queries contact the Poster Co-ordinators:  Luca Gasparini (email:, Nadia Taou (email: and Charalampos Kyfonidis (email:


  • Research work that have been previously submitted or presented at other conferences will be accepted. As the abstracts are not going to be formally published, they can be submitted to other conferences.
  • Please see the following links for more information and guidelines about how to make a poster