Research Showcase

Are you enrolled in postgraduate research? Enter the Faculty of Science Postgraduate Poster Competition.

Students enjoy each others company at Relax whilst discussing the postgraduate poster competition

This event features postgraduate posters displayed across the ground floors of the Science buildings, opportunities to hear about research from students, people’s choice voting, and a chance to classify to SGS Research Showcase 2020.

The showcase provides an excellent opportunity for research students to present their research to their peers and the University of Auckland staff and student community.

2020 poster competition winners

Take a look at the winning posters and find out who is moving on to the next stage of the competition on the Research Showcase results page.

2020 poster competition details

Important dates

  • 10 November 2020, 4pm: Registration and poster submission deadline
  • 16 – 20 November 2020 – Poster Exhibition, Science Foyer
  • 17 November 2020, 11:30am – Show & Tell, chat with researchers, Science Foyer
  • 19 November 2020 | Prize giving function

Registration and submission

Register yourself into the competition by filling out the Faculty of Science competition Registration form.

After your registration is complete and your poster is printed, please submit your poster into the Science Student Centre located on the ground floor of 301 before the deadline of 4pm on 10 November 2020. 


Judges Choice
1st $500
2nd $300
3rd $100

People’s Choice
1st $300
2nd $200
3rd $100

$50 to every qualifying entry into the SGS Research Showcase  

All staff and students will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite poster in the People’s Choice award. The top prizes will be awarded by a judging panel made up of academics and professional staff across the faculty.


The SGS Research Showcase is open to University of Auckland research postgraduates, who remain enrolled throughout the duration of the competition.


  • The design of the poster must be the student’s own work.
  • Posters must be printed by the participant up to A1 size. Posters larger than A1 size will not be displayed physically in the research exhibition.
  • Posters must be flat, static, with no attachments. No moving images with the help of a smartphone or tablet will be allowed.
  • Title, student name and department must be included on the poster. The poster will not be included in the competition if missing any of these details. 

Terms and Conditions

  • Posters submitted must be digital and printed. 
  • Only one entry per person is allowed. 
  • All entrants must ensure that they are the original first author of the poster. 
  • Judges’ decision is final. 
  • By submitting an entry, entrants consent to UoA using posters for promotional purposes to publicise your, and/or the university’s research. Ownership of the poster will remain with the entrant. 
  • If required, electronic posters will be displayed online on Figshare. A selection of shortlisted entries will be displayed on campus at the showcase event. 
  • The School of Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Science reserve the right to review the item and ask entrants to modify the poster to ensure it meets University of Auckland health and safety policy, research ethics guidelines and equity policy, or to preserve the entrant’s intellectual property rights.

Research description

All entries for the Faculty of Science Poster Competition require a description, maximum 50 words, which must be signed by a supervisor. This can be an electronic signature if available. Your name, the title of your poster, and department should be listed on the document.

Judging criteria 

The key with this poster presentation is to strike a balance between academic content and presentation of the work to a broad audience.  

Posters will be scored based on three criteria: 

  • academic content
  • design 
  • appeal to a broad audience. 

Download the full judging criteria below (this is the same criteria as for the SGS Research Showcase).

Training and resources

Presenting research with academic posters: 12 October 2020, 1-3pm

Online resources
Designing academic posters


  • Posters can be printed through the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries (CAI) Digital Print Centre at  Please mention the Science Poster competition and your UPI in the file name.
  • Posters will be printed on A1 Jet Pro Satin that does not require laminating. 
  • Please read file specifications and all other information carefully.
  • The Faculty of Science will cover the cost of printing of one poster per student for the faculty display. Unfortunately, there is no reimbursement for printing at any other location.
  • Once your poster is printed, please submit your poster into the Science Student Centre.

SGS Research Showcase 

The Faculty of Science Postgraduate Poster Competition is the pre-cursor to the Research Showcase.

The top ranked posters (20) from Science competition will be automatically entered into the School of Graduate Studies Research Show Case, and will be eligible to win further prizes. 

In addition to the poster presentation, the categories for the SGS Research Showcase include research image and creative item. Science students are welcome to enter any of these.

For information about workshops and resources, judging criteria and tips, please visit the Research Showcase page.

School and department contacts

Contact your departmental coordinator for more information:

Biological Sciences
Suzanne Reid

Chemical Sciences
Sarah-Maru Berghan

Computer Science
Bruce Sham

Environmental Science
Evan Weller

Exercise Sciences
Kharmin Sukhia

Marine Science
Maria Mugica

Anna Barry

Jeanette Anderson

Odette Groom

Azam Asanjarani