Poster Guidelines & Judging Criteria

Poster Presentations

The UC Global Health Institute invites accepted  submitters to submit their posters in a PowerPoint format for UC Global Health Day’s virtual poster presentation. 

Submissions are open only to those who were accepted through the original review process in February 2020.


  • Limit of 5 slides per PowerPoint presentation
  • Include the same content that would be presented on a physical poster presented at the conference.
  • Optional: audio file to accompany slides embedded in PowerPoint—up to three minute recording. (instructions below).
  • All submitted presentations will be automatically entered in our Poster Contest to recognize and award the top poster in each designated track.

Poster Contest Guidelines

  • Nine “Best Poster” prizes ($300 Amazon gift card) will be awarded for the top poster in each track.
  • The poster with the most engagement across all tracks (via survey votes on UC Global Health Day) will receive a “Public Engagement Award” ($300 Amazon gift card).
  • Entries submitted after Wednesday, April 22nd  2020 will not be reviewed.
  • Entries must be an original work created solely by the main poster submitter with help from mentor(s).
  • Entries will be judged on the content, clarity of communication, and the quality of the visual display of information on the slides. A panel of UCGHI Board Members will judge the posters.
  • Selected winners will be notified no later than Saturday, May 9, 2020.
  • Prizes will be awarded directly to winners.

Judging Criteria

Scientific and Public Health Significance

  • Does the submission identify prominent global health issues?
  • Are the outcomes, conclusions and implications of the research clearly communicated?
  • Does the research demonstrate broader societal impact?


  • To what extent does the submission demonstrate innovative research?
  • Does this research have the potential make a novel contribution to the overall field?

Clarity and Visual Appeal

  • Does the submission clearly communicate its intended message?
  • Are the components of the poster organized in a logical flow?
  • Is the presentation free of jargon and accessible to a cross-disciplinary audience?
  • Is there a good balance of visuals, text and white space?
  • How well does the submission engage the audience?

Important Dates

  • Friday, March 27th: Catalyst Portal Opens for PowerPoint Poster Submissions
  • Wednesday, April 22nd: Deadline for Submissions
  • Monday, April 27th: Posters will go live on the UCGHI website
  • Saturday, May 2nd: Virtual UC Global Health Day



  • Diseases
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Health Economics, Inequality, and Globalization
  • Health Policy, Advocacy, and Diplomacy
  • Program Design and Innovation
  • Mental Health / Psychology
  • One Health
  • Planetary Health
  • Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment


You can create your poster (with a Mac or a PC) using Microsoft PowerPoint. The file size may not exceed 100MB.

Poster Design

  • Focus of attention: The focus of attention must be on the subject content. If the design overshadows the subject matter, the message is likely to be lost.
  • Size and selection of visuals: Larger visuals attract more attention. Visuals not relevant to the content will distract the viewer.
  • Density of visuals and text: Too many visuals and text in a small space decreases readers’ attention, because each object is in competition with the others. Generally, a maximum length of 50-75 words per figure label results in a higher probability of people reading it.
  • Ability to read text: Letters should be large so that they can easily be read. Letters should be easily read (avoid extravagant fonts).
  • Use a consistent layout with heading and subheading font and size standardized
  • Use bulleted lists to facilitate reading
  • Relate the content of the text to the picture it describes
  • Reduce competing stimuli—Avoid placing a large number of labels and visuals next to one another

Poster Layout

For this virtual conference, presenters have the option to split their research poster presentation into 5 slides for easy viewing. 

  1. Poster title and author information
  2. Abstract
  3. Methodology
  4. Results/major findings
  5. Conclusion

UCGHI Virtual Poster Presentation PowerPoint Template

Adding Audio - OPTIONAL
Poster presenters have the option to add audio to their PowerPoint presentations on the title slide and embed audio within the same file.

1. Select “Insert” at top, select “Audio” at far right.

2. Select how you’d like to add audio:

  • Audio on My PC – Insert an audio file already on your PC.
  • Record Audio – Record audio from a microphone attached to your computer.
    • Type in a name for your audio file, select Record, and then speak.
    • Important: Your device must have a microphone enabled in order to record audio.
    • To review your recording, select Stop and then select Play.
    • Select Record to re-record your clip, or select OK if you’re satisfied.
    • To move your clip, select and drag the audio icon to where you want it on the slide.
  • Voice Memo recording upload video demonstration into PowerPoint
  • More audio upload resources available here.

Important Dates

  • Friday, March 27th: Catalyst Portal Opens for PowerPoint Poster Submissions
  • Wednesday, April 22nd: Deadline for Submissions
  • Monday, April 27th: Posters will go live on the UCGHI website
  • Saturday, May 2nd : Virtual UC Global Health Day (9:00am-11:00am PST)