Do you have a project that was a success, a system your practice has implemented that has delivered real benefits or, perhaps, an idea to share and develop. At the 2015 conference we will be introducing the Ideas Forum for delegates to share projects and practices that have delivered positive outcomes within their practices.

The format will be electronic posters (ePosters). ePosters will be prepared in PowerPoint and displayed during the conference on monitors in the exhibition and catering area. The posters will rotate automatically and each poster can have up to three slides. Delegates will be able to pause ePosters to view them in more detail. There will also be an index to allow delegates to find an individual ePoster.

All topics will be considered, this is an opportunity to both share and receive feedback. The ePosters are not intended as commercial presentations.

Submitting ePosters

Email a description (200 words maximum) outlining the topic of your proposed ePoster and include your name, organisation and contact details. Please send your proposal to by 1 September.

Your ePoster will be required by - 1 October.

ePoster Template

Please use the template provided to prepare your ePoster. All posters will have a banner and control bar footer, so you cannot use these spaces.

ePoster PowerPoint Template

The layout is also at your discretion, however, brevity and clarity are the essence of a good ePoster. The aim of the electronic poster is to display your project or idea in a concise form, enabling delegates to grasp the essentials of the subject in a short time frame.

We are limiting each ePoster to three slides maximum. Each slide will be set to show for one minute before automatically scrolling to the next slide.

Design Tips

  • ePosters need to be prepared using MS PowerPoint.

  • Less is more - keep the design clean and uncluttered. People need to be able to grasp the information quickly and easily.

  • Keep the background simple and subtle; use a light coloured background with dark text.

  • Do not use WordArt, reflections, drop shadows, 3D, semitransparent fills or textured backgrounds; they are unpredictable when moving slides between systems and are not necessary.

  • For consistency amongst the ePosters, please only use Verdana font for your text. Verdana is universal and will transfer correctly when combine your ePoster into the scrolling presentation. Use font size and weight to creating headings.

  • All video and audio files need to be embedded in your slide, so do not have links to any external media files that you want to play in your ePoster.

  • We suggest you only embed one video or audio file and use animation sparingly. All videos, audio and animations should be set to auto play and finish within the one minute display time. Videos should be a maximum of 55 seconds and a maximum size of 20MB. Video and audio should be set to auto play for best effect.

  • If using video files use MPEG4-AVC using H.264/AAC (.mp4) or Windows Media Video (.wmv).

  • We suggest you include contact details for delegates who want to discuss your poster further. Include a photo so delegates can recognise you at the conference.

  • You can include links to further information that delegates can access independently.

  • The monitors used to display the ePosters will be a minimum of 42-inch. The screen aspect ratio will be 16:9 and the template slide is already set up as a 16:9 slide.

  • Save the template slide to your computer to design your ePoster.

  • Check your ePoster and make sure it is clear and easy to read when viewed on a 42 inch screen from 1.5 metres.

  • It is critical you check your ePoster on a computer other than the one you use to create the ePoster. This allows you to check any photos, audio or videos are embedded correctly and the layout and fonts transfer as you want.

  • We will not be editing your ePoster but will check for any obvious issues. If we spot anything that clearly doesn’t look correct we will ask you to check your ePoster.

  • Your saved PowerPoint file must have the .ppt or .pptx suffix.

  • Your ePoster should be less than 20MB.