SCL Biennial Conference
SCL Biennial Conference
SCL Biennial Conference
SCL Biennial Conference
SCL Biennial Conference
SCL Biennial Conference
SCL Biennial Conference
SCL Biennial Conference




Tips & Guidelines for Poster Presentations


Posters should be a maximum of 36" w X 42" h (3' w x 31/2' h).


Presenters should supply their own hanging materials. Depending on the hanging surface, these could include thumbtacks, double-sided tape, masking tape; velcro tape, etc.





An effective poster operates on multiple levels ...

  • source of information
  • conversation starter
  • advertisement of your work
  • summary of your work

Many ineffective posters suffer from easy-to-fix problems, including ...

  • objective(s) and main point(s) hard to find
  • text too small
  • poor graphics
  • poor organization

Layout Your poster should:
  • use a visual grammar to guide readers to the important parts of your poster.
  • use a column format to make your poster easier to read in a crowd.
  • use organization cues to guide readers through your poster.
  • use "reader gravity" which pulls the eye from top to bottom and left to right (Wheildon 1995).
  • use headings intelligently to help readers find your main points and key information.
  • balance the placement of text and graphics to create visual appeal.
  • use white space creatively to help define the flow of information.
  • Lets graphs and images tell the story;
  • Good graphics - graphs, illustrations, photos - are the centerpiece of your poster.
  • Write explanations directly on figures, instead of referencing from elsewhere.
  • Use text sparingly.
  • Text should be simple, direct and of a large font size.
  • Text should be readable from a distance.
  • Use phrases rather than full sentences.
  • Microsoft Powerpoint is an easy to use tool for creating posters (template available for download below).
  • Graphics may be created in Microsoft Excel and exported to Powerpoint.
  • Adobe Illustrator and In Design, Adobe Photoshop are good for creating high quality graphics.
Source NCSU


Download a fully customisable Research Poster Template in powerpoint (.pptx) format for a 36"x42" poster.  Add graphics, change the fonts, colour scheme, layout etc. Instructions included on the template.  (Source:




Venue: UWI, Mona Campus

The UWI Mona campus, located in Northern Kingston, encompasses 653 acres of land formerly part of two large sugar estates, Papine and Mona. Scattered throughout the campus are the famous historic ruins of a Roman-style aqueduct, water wheel, and other remnants of the sugar works which once stood on the site ....Read More »

Practical Information

Some practical information for Conference attendees, including:

- Arriving in Jamaica
- Currency
- Mobile Devices
- Getting around
- Eating Out
- Shopping

About SCL

The SCL is a scholarly linguistics Society dedicated to the study of language in the Caribbean and to the dissemination of both the theoretical and applied research of its members. Read more


  • Population: 3,000,000 est;.2014
  • Capital: Kingston; 970,000 est. 2014
  • Area: 10,991 sq kms (4,244 sq miles)
  • Languages: English and Jamaican (English Creole)
  • International Airports: Norman Manley International (Kingston) and Sangster International (Montego Bay)
  • Telephone Code: 876
  • Time Zone: GMT - 5 hours

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  • SCL Secretariat:

    SCL Secretary:
    Dr. Clive Forrester

    SCL Treasurer:
    Dr. Jo-Anne Ferreira