Information to students making and presenting posters

Making the poster


The main technical requirement for submitting your poster to the symposium is that it is delivered as a PDF file and in size A1 (portrait or landscape). Size A1 - portrait is 594 x 841 mm, or 59,4 x 84,1 cm, or 23,4 x 33,1 inches and size A1 - landscape is 841 x 594 mm or 84,1 x 59,4 cm, or 33,1 x 23,4 inches.

During the semester you will get a poster number and a QR code from the course teacher. Both must appear somewhere on your poster so make sure that you leave enough space in your layout for displaying them. An area of 7 x 7 cm will be enough.


When making your poster, you are free to use any software or online tool that you find suitable. As a UiB student, Microsoft Powerpoint is free to use via the University's agreement with Microsoft (Microsoft 365, If you choose anything else than Powerpoint, make sure that you can not only create a document in size A1, but also print this document in size A1. Note that some online tools let you create any document for free, but ask you to pay a fee or to subscribe before producing a PDF file of the document.

Always start your work with setting up the size of the document before you add any picture or text. In Powerpoint, go to Design >> Slide Size >> Custom Slide Size..., choose Custom and set the correct size (see above). Then, check that you can save the document as PDF, or print as PDF, and that this pdf file has the correct dimensions.

Poster templates for Microsoft Powerpoint, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator may be downloaded from this page. Note that the templates contain grey areas at the top and the bottom. They correspond to areas of the poster that we use to attach the printed poster on the poster stand. Anything that appears in or replaces these grey areas will be invisible to the viewers.

Finally, do not forget the "necessary elements" of the poster, such as title, author names, UiB logo.

Poster templates (size A1)
UiB logo and emblem
logo of the university of bergen
Help with poster design

Presenting the poster

As a student, you will both pitch your poster in the auditorium, and present and discuss your poster during the viewing session.

Pitching your poster to the audience

A program for the event will be available beforehand, and will state which session your course will present in. Your teacher will briefly introduce your course, while all course students will be gathered on the stage. When it is your turn, your poster will be shown on the screen behind you and you will be handed in the microphone. You will then have 60 seconds to pitch your poster. Please respect this time limit. This is set to make sure everyone will have time to pitch their poster in the program.

NB: It is good advice to think carefully about what you want to highlight, and to practice and check your timing: 60 seconds go fast, but if you are prepared, your message will come through.

Presenting your poster during the viewing session
Your poster will be printed and put on display during the viewing session. We encourage you to stand by your poster and to discuss the content with other participants. We also encourage you to visit other posters both from your course and other courses.

Giving constructive feedback to your peers

example of a digital form used by students to give feedback to their peers

Feedback form (click to enlarge)

During the poster viewing session, you will find green QR codes in various places at the venue. These codes give access to the digital feedback form depicted to the right (click on the picture to enlarge it).

Use this form to give constructive feedback to your peers so that they can learn what you think of their work, what may be improved, and what worked well. The data collected in the forms will be sent to the teachers in the participating courses shortly after the end of the symposium. The teachers will then distribute the results and comments to the authors of the posters.

Link your poster to your CV and showcase your work to those interested

All student posters will be available online on bioPITCH*. Each poster will have its own unique link, and you can find your poster on bioPITCH by searching for your course/semester or for your name (providing that you have not forgotten to put it on the poster). You will also receive a QR code to place on your poster; this QR code links directly to the webpage displaying your poster.  

You are welcome to link your poster to your personal CV, and to future job applications when relevant. This can be a way to present examples of your work, skills and research interests to others who might want more information about your projects.  

* if there is any reason for the poster not to be published online (data confidentiality, etc.), please take contact with the course leader before the deadline for handing in the poster.