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RESULTS IN! Research Poster Competition 2022

The Research Poster Competition showcases the richness and variety of PhD research undertaken at Sussex. It's 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. 

We're excited that this year, as well as an online gallery of shortlisted entries, we will be holding an in-person exhibition as part of the Festival of Doctoral Research. Shortlisted posters, and research images, will be on display in the Student Centre on Thursday 9th June.

The competition will be judged by a panel drawn from the University’s research community, with the People's Choice voted for online or at the exhibition. Winners will be announced following the 3MT final on Thursday 9th.


First place: Kieran O'Malley (Life Sciences)

Second place: Alice Torjussen (Engineering & Informatics)

People's Choice: Clemence Compain (Engineering & Informatics) and Belinda Zakrzewska (Sussex Business School)


Research Poster Competition 2022



 If you are unable to view the entries above, you can also view them using this pdf file.


 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, to be printed at A1 size.
  • Any pictures must be a minimum of 150dpi at the size as if they are being printed (e.g. if the A1 poster includes an A4 picture that needs to be approximately 1250 x 1750 pixels).
  • It is the responsibility of competition entrants to ensure that any images used in their poster are not copyrighted.
  • Your poster must not have been submitted to a previous Festival of Doctoral Research competition.
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?
Key competition dates 
Deadline for submitting your entry Monday 23rd May
Entries reviewed by judging panel Monday 23rd May - Wednesday 1st June
Shortlisted posters announced Wednesday 1st June
Shortlist displayed in Festival online exhibition Monday 6th - Friday 10th June

Voting for People's Choice award - online

Monday 6th - Wednesday 8th June (noon)
Poster exhibition in Student Centre, and in-person voting for People's Choice award Thursday 9th June
Winners announced at Festival prize-giving ceremony Thursday 9th June

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