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Conference poster competition shines the spotlight on a Net-Zero Future

Conference poster competition shines the spotlight on a Net-Zero Future

At our Net Zero Futures Conference 2021 (NZFC21) we ran a poster competition. Participants created a poster showcasing their research related to the conference theme “Net Zero Futures”. The competition was a great way to discover more about the huge range of postgraduate research projects being carried out at UKRIC and ERA universities and build on the spectrum of net-zero research taking place across our partnership.


While the competition was open, participants were encouraged to look at the online gallery on the conference webpage where the posters were showcased and vote for their favourite poster.

This was a great opportunity for researchers that took part in the competition to promote their research and network with the conference participants while developing their communication and presentation skills. The competition also allowed all participants to get familiar with the incredible researchers conducted by postdoctoral and PhD researchers across the UK.


The winning posters were announced during the closing section of the conference.

The entries we received were diverse and highly impressive and allowed the research community to become aware of the innovative, wide-ranging (interdisciplinary) and impactful research of our participants.

The winners of the poster competition were:

1st prize of a £100: Natalia Hartono, F. Javier Ramirez, Duc T. Pham, University of Birmingham, for “Sustaina-bee-lity in Remanufacturing”.

2nd prize of a £75: George Dawes and Professor Kevin Lomas, Loughborough University for “Energy Flexibility in a Planning Context”.

3rd prize of a £50: Una O’Hara, University of Birmingham, for “The borohydrides are back in town (Raman characterisation edition)”.

To view these posters, you can check the virtual poster gallery on the Net Zero Futures Conference website.

Top tips for creating an academic poster

  1. Be clear- ensure you clearly present the rationale of your research. Use either a piece of your research or propose a future project
  2. Have visual impact- Graphics can show key results and grab the reader’s attention. Do not forget that the images must be relevant to your presentation
  3. Know your audience – Ensure that your presentation is accessible also to a non-specialist academic audience
  4. Keep it simple – make a few points clearly and avoid long paragraphs
  5. Highlight the inter-disciplinary character of the project
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