Position: Local Representative: Brazil.
Ezgi Ildırım is a PhD candidate in Istanbul University, Institute of Forensic Science. She received her B.A from Bogaziçi University and MA from Istanbul University. She is research assistant in Istanbul Arel University, Psychology Department. She is part of Istanbul Arel University Psychology Research and Application Centre and Social Work Research Centre. She was awarded second place in EAPL 2015 students conference paper awards. Her main interest areas are eyewitness testimony, cyber victimisation and drug abuse.
Position: Local Representative
Words of Wisdom: Today's society requires professionals to be innovative and enterprising. We need to think beyond to the established research lines, beyond the structured protocols, beyond the theories and the validated methodology. The student should always engage in critical thinking, develop questions that no one has explored, build hypothesis not yet investigated, and identify new methodological approaches. The evolution of professionals stems from failures and small changes that seek to address those failures.
Favorite Quote: "My students today will be my teachers tomorrow." (J. Jimenez)
Professor Emeritus, University of Leicester.
His thoughts on what makes a good poster:
A good poster is rarely a conventional written paper printed onto a big sheet of cardboard: it needs its own special approach. Remember most of your readers will not be specialists and are not going to spend a long time reading your poster. They will have lots of other posters to look at and only a limited time to do it in. So, get your message across in the title: make it short and crisp-think newspaper headlines. The reader needs to know quickly what the poster is about- and if you can squeeze in the take-home message as well, better still.
Avoid formal Introductory sections with literature reviews-no one has time to read them: stick to the key study or theory which motivated your own research. Avoid tables in favor of bar charts and other visual aids-remember you have your average reader's attention for only 2-3 minutes at best. Abandon conventional discussion sections in favor of bullet points highlighting the main findings and the conclusions you have drawn from them.
Think about using relevant illustrations to catch the reader's eye-they don't have to be just of your experiment in progress but could illustrate themes or applications-Google Images is, as always, a mine of useful material! Its always good to have a fuller, more formal version of the paper available for the specialists to take home (perhaps containing that literature review and the details of those fourth-order interactions).I appreciate you can't always bring pre-prints on long haul (with airline luggage restrictions, it can sometimes come down to either the pre-prints or a second pair of trainers). If not, a sign-up sheet for electronic copies will do the trick-but make sure it's clearly designed, rather than a ragged piece of paper torn from an exercise book that you then loose.
Remember poster sessions are a drinks party with illustrations. Most people-readers and players enjoy them and they are a great opportunity to meet and chat informally with the great and the good in your area of research as well as your fellow students-have fun!
Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University; Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway. Former EAPL president.
His thoughts on what makes a good poster:
Graham Davies has provided wise words on how to prepare an effective and enjoyable poster. What if you want to go the next step and give your first presentation at an international conference? There’s lots to think about, good data, good design and a good story – many people have these, but they let themselves by poor PowerPoint. Death by PowerPoint is often the norm at conferences ─ and psychologists, of all people, should know better. Here are my three top tips for improving your PowerPoint presentations.
Tip One, you should be audience-focused not presenter-focused. PowerPoint slides should not be your script or cue-cards ─ dump the bulleted list and present images ─ diagrams and images. The combination of images with what you say enhances what people understand and what they retain. Interesting images, or even images that are ambiguous until you explain them, grab the attention of the audience, they intrigue the audience, and keeps them focused on what you have to tell them.
Tip Two, remember to KISS ─ Keep It Simple Stupid. You have had months or years to mull over your results; you cannot expect your audience to absorb tables of correlations, t-tests or whatever statistic you prefer: you have to share your conclusions by highlighting the key findings ─ these should be few. Too much information, too fast, impresses no one ─ if you try that you will bore, infuriate and quickly lose your audience.
Tip Three, guide your audience by building slides over time. PowerPoint allows you to use animations to place different elements on your slide. For example, if you are presenting line graphs, you might start with a title explaining what bi-variate relationship you are about to consider, then bring in the axes and their labels, only then do you bring in the first line graph and, in turn, subsequent lines. What does this achieve? It means that you take your audience with you, like the PowerPoint magician you hope to be, you guide their attention to where you want it. This promotes communication of your ideas, which after all, is the whole point of a presentation.
Finally, be creative ─ and have some fun ─ a bit of humor showing you don’t take yourself too seriously helps to engage your audience and makes the experience less stressful than it might be.