UC Santa Barbara

July 9th-12th, 2018

2016 Poster Show

Throughout the conference, we will highlight posters that describe research, creative activities, and best practices related to sustainability. This is an opportunity for students, faculty, campus staff, and administrators to present and communicate their work from the past academic year to a diverse audience who are working on sustainability efforts at institutions throughout California.

Posters do not need to be completed until after the poster submittal is accepted. Poster presenters must be present Monday night, June 27th, 2016 from 5:00pm-8:00pm to stand next to their poster. Posters must be picked up by poster presenters on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 between 2:00pm-5:00pm or delegate this task to another person from your campus. We cannot ship posters back to presenters who leave their poster behind.

Poster Show Hours

Times where poster presenters will be asked to stand by their poster

  • Monday, June 27th, 2016 5:00pm-8:00pm (Titan Exercise Sports Field)

Full hours where posters will be hanging and publically viewed

  • Monday, June 27th, 2016 5:00pm-8:00pm (Titan Exercise Sports Field)
  • Tuesday, July 28th (Titan Exercise Sports Field)
  • Wednesday, July 29th (Titan Exercise Sports Field)

Poster Design Guidelines

The goal for your poster exhibit is to have an organized and attractively displayed presentation of your research findings or creative work. Posters/exhibits should be self-explanatory, informative, and readable within about five minutes. We recommend that your poster contain the following elements (see below). It is possible that we will accept alternate formats if you have developed your poster for a dual-purpose and the poster format you have chosen still meets our standards for academic rigor:

Title: At the top of your poster/exhibit you should have a title that is both short and very descriptive of your project. As a rule, the title should be easily readable at a distance of about 4-5 feet.

Name and Affiliation: Directly under the title, you should include your name, your faculty mentor’s name, name(s) of any co-investigator(s), your department, and your campus name. The name and affiliation section is usually about 20-30% smaller than the title section.

Body of the Poster/Exhibit: We recommend that the information about your work be presented in the following categories:

Introduction: The purpose of the introduction is to present the question being explored by your research and to place it in the context of current knowledge about the topic. The introduction should convince the reader of the significance of your study. To do this well in a poster is a challenge. Be brief, but include the important points to be sure the reader sees the relevance of your work.

Project Goals: Describe what you hoped to accomplish with your project.

Materials and Methods: In this section you should describe your procedures. Describe your methods in sufficient detail to allow a reader who works in your field to understand how you collected your data. Illustrations are appropriate for complex experimental design, etc. If your presentation is based on a best practice (rather than research), please also consider what information would be required for others to implement a similar best practice on their campuses.

Results and Outcomes: This section is intended to summarize the data. Present all of your results, whether positive or negative. A table or figure may substitute for a written summary as long as each table or figure has a legend that explains the graphic clearly.

Conclusion: In this section you should interpret the meaning of your results with respect to the original questions. The discussion should include your conclusions about the answers to the questions that motivated your research that you described in the introduction. If appropriate, mention any alternative explanation for your results and mention possible explanations for unexpected results.

Future Goals: If you were to continue this project (or someone else was to take the project the next step), what new directions might the project take?

Literature Cited: This section is optional in the poster unless citations are used in the text. Include only those papers cited in the text, and do not cite a paper unless you have read it yourself. Cite all of your references in text and list them in the Literature Cited section, using a format from a major journal within your discipline.

Acknowledgements: It is important to recognize everyone who helped out or contributed to your project.  Please honor their contribution here.

Graphics: Graphics, Tables, Photos, and Other: Illustrations, tables, figures, photographs, and diagrams need to have unique identification numbers and legends. In the text, use the numbers to refer to specific graphics or pictures. In your legends, include a full explanation and, where appropriate, include color keys, scale, etc.

Dimensions: Posters/exhibits should take up a space no larger than 3 ft. x 4 ft. (36inches wide by 48unches tall) with a portrait orientation. Please contact CHESC Poster Coordinator ( if your display is not in this format. From a sustainability perspective we don’t want to require you to reprint a poster that has already been printed and can be somewhat flexible in our requirements for pre-printed work.


Here is an example poster layout. 

The Governor’s Global Climate Summit hosted by UC Davis showcased several very high quality posters. Please consider looking at these examples as well:

Governor’s Global Climate Summit Posters