BES Forest Ecology Group

A British Ecological Society Special Interest Group

The Great FEG Poster Competition!

We are now just over a month away from the BES-Sfe Joint Annual Meeting, which will feature many hundreds of posters. Posters are sometimes seen as secondary to giving a talk, but the FEG wants to celebrate these condensed amalgams of science and art with a competition, that will feature real prizes!

Best poster ever?

Best poster ever?

Poster designers have given us some of the best and worst ways to advertise a message. I love the old railway posters from the 1940s, in particular. Scientific posters need to have a bit more information in them than movie posters, but the principal is similar: grab the passerby’s attention and give them the information in the most efficient way possible. My aim in making posters is to keep them clear and simple. There’s an example of my efforts below. When I’m browsing posters at a conference, I like to see a clear message and some nice graphics (especially as poster sessions are normally accompanied by wine). Tonnes of tiny text and I move swiftly on. Maybe you have a different opinion, and prefer posters dense with useful information. The FEG poster competition will reveal what forest ecologists think makes the best poster.


One of my posters. Main message is easy to read from far off, but is the colour scheme too hideous?

Competition Rules

  1. Poster entries must appear at the BES-Sfe Annual Meeting, and relate to forest ecology.
  2. To enter, email your poster as a PDF to with subject header “Poster” by Friday 5th December. Attach the BES email confirming that your poster was selected for the meeting. Posters will be put on the blog so that the FEG community can check them out before the meeting.
  3. To vote, browse the posters on the blog, and visit the dedicated blog entry that will appear on Friday 5th December to pick your 3 favourite posters.
  4. Voting will continue through to the poster sessions on Wednesday 10th December.
  5. Posters will be ranked by the number of votes they receive.
  6. The Prize Giving will take place at a venue to be announced, after the poster sessions.
  7. Any questions, please get in touch.

Good luck, and happy designing!

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