Frequently asked questions




Who can apply to present a poster? What is meant by early-career researchers?

Poster presenters are in the early part of their careers- MSc, final year PhD, Post Docs, Research Assistants or Fellows, newly-appointed lecturers, part-time and "mature" students and their equivalents in national, public sector and industrial laboratories, or companies. The event is not appropriate for undergraduate students. We welcome returners, and those starting a second career - age is unimportant.

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Can non British researchers apply?

Applicants do not have to be British, but must be working in the UK. Clearly some work (especially field work) may have been carried out overseas.

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Can I apply again if I have previously been selected to attend a SET for BRITAIN event?

No

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Can I apply again, if I have previously been unsuccessful?

Yes

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Can I apply for more than one subject category?

No

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May I name my supervisor / co workers on my Abstract / Poster?

Yes, but you need to make clear your personal contribution. Only one person may present.

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What should the Abstract contain?

Describe the problem and its significance (potential impact).
Describe the experimental method(s) - briefly.
Describe the achievements so far.

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Can I submit more than one Abstract?

No

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How long should the Abstract be?

One page of A4 in Arial 11pt font is the maximum. It must contain:
A title
Name of presenter/co workers
Affiliation/Complete Address/Postcode

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Are bibliographic references required?

No, though they may be included. However, we suggest the space might be better used.

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Can Abstracts be altered?

You can upload a revised version at any time before the closing date.

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I cannot submit my Abstract without it first being approved by my employer, and it may not get clearance before the closing date - what do I do?

Please contact us before the closing date if you expect your abstract will be delayed.

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When should the Reference be provided?

At the same time as your scientific Abstract; it is an essential part of the application process. If there is a good reason making this not possible, tell us.

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What should the Reference contain?

Your referee should know you well and be in a position to give his/her opinion of you as a scientist and comment on your input (theoretical and practical) to the work being submitted. They may wish to make other points about your previous achievements and future promise. We recognize that much research is collaborative, but our judges need to be clear about your unique input.

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Who should provide the Reference?

References should be in an official format and come from a university or organisation address. Referees are usually senior colleagues, supervisors, Heads of Department, or similar.

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Will there be any feedback?

Sorry, we are not able to provide this.

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When are the Posters required?

If you are selected we ask you to submit the poster electronically two weeks before the event, to give the judges more time to consider it. On the day you must also bring a hard copy of the poster for display.

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What audience should the Posters be targeted at?

Your poster should describe your work in terms intelligible to an interested lay person. We STRONGLY advise that you do NOT use a poster which has been presented at a meeting of a Learned Society; this is not the level we are seeking. On the day the judges will visit the majority of the posters, and engage you in conversation. They will now be looking for enthusiasm, clarity and brevity as well as scientific excellence.

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What size and format should the Posters be in?

They must be portrait (not landscape) and fit onto the poster boards (2m high x 0.75m wide) and be in proportion - A1 size in portrait format would be appropriate.
The uploaded electronic versions must be no larger than 10 megabytes.

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Can I bring any other material/equipment/visual aids?

Sadly, lack of space does not permit this.

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May I bring a colleague/supervisor/relative to the event?

Please let us know if you would like to bring a relevant colleague. We cannot guarantee access since space is limited, but will do our best to help.

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What happens if I cannot attend or another colleague wishes to take my place?

No substitutes will be allowed; the individual who submits the entry must be the person who presents the poster, and the deadline for that decision is the closing date for entries. Please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot attend, we have people in reserve wishing to come along.

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Is financial support available for travel or accommodation?

Sorry, we are not able to help with this.

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