Call for Posters: EHS Annual Conference 2020

5 November 2019

The annual conference of the Economic History Society will take place 17 – 19 April 2020 at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. The Society welcomes sole-authored posters from graduate students at an early stage of pursuing their PhD, i.e. having completed at least one full year of study; collaborative work is not eligible. Graduate students who have presented a poster will be eligible to apply to present a paper in the New Researcher session in a subsequent year, but may present in a poster session only once during their graduate career.The poster session will be held on Saturday 18 April. It offers students an excellent opportunity to showcase and gain feedback on early-stage work in a supportive environment. Those wishing to be considered for inclusion in the programme must submit an application, via the online system (, by 18 November 2019.

This should provide:

  • A firm title
  • A short abstract (maximum 250 words)
  • A current CVA supporting statement from the student’s supervisor must be emailed separately (to Maureen Galbraith:

Detailed guidance notes can be found below.Any queries should please be directed to Maureen Galbraith.

Guidance Notes for New Researcher Poster Presenters

  • A prize of £100 will be awarded for the best poster
  • Poster presenters will be responsible for providing an electronic copy of their poster in advance of the conference, together with a copy of the abstract submitted in response to the call for posters. This is to allow the panel that will judge the posters to review them in advance of the conference.
  • If selected for the poster session, presenters will be responsible for bringing a printed version of their poster (A0 size, vertically-oriented, and in colour) with them to the conference. Materials for displaying the posters (i.e. poster stands) will be provided by the EHS.
  • Limit the text to roughly one-fourth of the poster space, and use ‘visuals’ (graphs, photographs, schematics, maps, etc.) to tell your ‘story’.
  • Text should be under 800 words. Be prepared to give a brief oral introduction to the project and answer questions.
  • A banner displaying your poster title, name, and department should be positioned at top-centre of the board.
  • Leave some open space in the design. An open layout is less tiring to the eye and mind.
  • Make it clear to the audience how to view/read the poster. The poster generally should read from left to right, and top to bottom. Numbering the individual panels, or connecting them with arrows, is a standard ‘guidance system’.
  • Simplicity is essential. Keep to the point, and don’t try to cover too many things.
  • Tell the audience what question you are asking, why it is interesting, and what answer you propose.
  • Think of your poster as an advertisement of your paper, not as the paper itself. Your goal is to engage people in conversation.
  • Use a minimum font size of 26 pt. for the body of the text, and 46 pt. for the main title.
  • Cite and reference any sources of information other than your own, just as you would do with a research paper. The ‘References Cited’ is placed at the end of the poster.
  • The posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference. There will be designated times when poster presenters are asked to be with their posters; namely: tea/coffee breaks.
  • Do not forget to bring along handouts that summarize your presentation; these should include your name, affiliation and email address.