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Research Poster Competition 2020 - RESULTS IN


The Doctoral Research Poster Competition showcases the richness and variety of PhD research undertaken at Sussex. Doctoral researchers from across all years and disciplines are invited to submit a poster on an aspect of their doctoral research. 

The Research Poster Competition 2020 entries are in! The posters are showcased below with their accompanying titles. Open the Sway presentation in full screen for the best viewing experience and click to enlarge the posters.

The shortlisted posters will be exhibited here throughout the Festival of Doctoral Research (15th - 19th June 2020). The competition was judged by a panel drawn from the University’s research community, and the winners were announced at the Prizegiving ceremony on Wednesday 17th June along with the 3MT and Adam Weiler Impact Award.

Research Poster Competition 2020 Results 

Huge congratulations to all the participants in this year's competition. The standard was really high this year, making it very difficult to judge! The results are in and this year's winners are: 

  • Winner: Norah Alzahrani - Why Does It Matter Knowing How Journalists Perceive Their Role?
  • 2nd Place: Meirin Oan Evans - ATLAS Experiment at CERN 
  • 2nd Place: Ferheen Ayaz - Blockchain-Enabled Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communications
  • People's Choice Award: Yasser Kosbar - Challenges Facing Egyptian Women Postgraduates in UK


Research Poster Competition 2020 Entries




Posters should offer a clear taster of your research, have visual impact, and be accessible to a non-specialist academic audience, and will be judged by a panel drawn from the University's research community. The competition is a great way to build on our interdisciplinary research community and to discover more about the huge range of postgraduate research projects being carried out at Sussex. 

If you are in need of some inspiration, check out the 2019 shortlisted entries below. 

Visitors to the online exhibition will have an opportunity to vote for their favourite poster on the Monday and Tuesday of the Festival (one vote per person, duplicates will be voided). The People's Choice winner will be announced at the prize-giving ceremony on Wednesday 17th June.


 First prize: £300 towards your research 

 Second prize: £150 towards your research

 People’s choice: £150 towards your research 

Competition guidance

Competition entrants should note the following:

  • Posters must relate to an aspect of the entrant's doctoral research.
  • Each doctoral researcher can submit only one poster.
  • Posters can be landscape or portrait orientation.
  • Posters must be submitted in PDF format.
  • It is the responsibility of competition entrants to ensure that any images used in their poster are not copyrighted.
Judging criteria

Judges will assess the posters according to the following criteria:

First impression

  • Is the poster easy to read?
  • Is space used effectively within the poster?
  • Does the poster present a logical flow of information?
  • Is the poster overall visually attractive and engaging?

Title and content

  • Is the title engaging?
  • Are the aims/objectives of the research clearly stated?
  • Are the methods clearly explained and with sufficient detail?
  • How well are the results communicated on the poster? 
  • Are any images, graphs or figures clear and easy to understand?


  • Does the poster communicate a clear 'take-home' message?
  • Is the poster accessible to a non-specialist academic audience?
Advice and Tips

We recommend entrants sign up for our Researcher Development Programme workshop, Posters: designing, presenting and networking, which is taking place on 21st May 09.30 - 12.30. Find out more and book a place.

You can also find lots of useful advice on designing an academic poster online. For example: 


Date                Monday 15th - Friday 19th June

Location          Online

Key competition dates 
Deadline for submitting your entry Friday 5th June
Entries reviewed by judging panel Monday 8th - Friday 11th June
Shortlisted posters announced Monday 15th June
Shortlisted entries displayed at Festival of Doctoral Research exhibition Monday 15th - Friday 19th June

Voting for People's Choice award

Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th June
Winners and People's Choice announced at Festival prize-giving ceremony Wednesday 17th June


Research Poster Competition 2019


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