Pitch and Poster Guidelines

In this document you can find the requirements for the pitches and posters and information regarding the submission and deadlines.

Pitch guidelines

Duration and Format
  • 1 minute (you will be timed);
  • You will get one powerpoint slide, on which we will display the title of your poster, your name, and the number of your poster (so that people can find your poster in the foyer after the pitches have taken place);
  •  Shortly state the subject (possibly research question) of your project/poster;
  • Try not to go into details! A simple format can enhance clarity. (e.g., your methods might be less relevant for a pitch);
  • Why should people visit your poster? What makes your project new/interesting/ exciting/relevant?
  • It is a good idea to write your pitch on paper (no more than 100 words) and then memorize it by heart.
  • Please note that we prefer everyone to present their pitch without looking at notes, since it is only one minute.
  • Keep in mind that a pitch should be performed with enthusiasm in a conversational manner!

 For the pitch, please send us the title of your poster before 27th of May 2018! 

Poster Guidelines

The goal of the poster is to give visitors a good idea about the project that you have been working on. It should tell a concise story and be separated in sections (e.g., think of a scientific paper structure). Visitors should be able to grasp the main idea behind your work in no more than 5 minutes (without you explaining anything). Keep in mind that your poster presentation is less like a presentation and more like a continuous Q&A session.

  • A2, portrait style

  • For an exact poster format, please consult your supervisor about the exact guidelines for your department or institute.

  • Background information
  • Methods
  • (Pilot) results: Visualizations are important for poster sessions!
    • If you do not have any results yet you can elaborate on what results you are expecting and what the relevance and/or implications of these results would be.
  • Short conclusion/discussion

  • Try to be as concise as possible: use bullet points and visualize your material.

  • Make it readable! Your poster should not be crammed with tiny tekst.

  • Make the structure clear to follow.

  • Make it look nice! (for example with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, or just PowerPoint)

Do your best! We will award a prize for the best pitch and poster!


Poster Submission

Students attending the symposium are expected to print their own poster and bring it with them on the first day of the symposium. We are aware that A2 poster printing costs are expensive but most departments do have budget available for poster printing.
Please consult your internship supervisor and ask him/her about printing your poster. If there is no budget for it and you are expected to pay for the printing yourself, please let us know before May and we will try to arrange something.


Poster Workshop

This year we will again offer a poster workshop prior to the symposium in order to help you create your scientific poster. This workshop will take place on Friday, the 20th of April 2018 from 14:00 to 16:00 in the David de Wied room (Stratenum).
If you wish to attend the poster workshop,
please send us an email before April 1st 2018 as a sign-up.



Students attending the poster workshop: email us before 1st of April 2018
Send us your poster title before 27th of May 2018



ONLY for students abroad

Please send us your poster before 11th of May 2018, so that we have enough time to print the poster for you!



The committee wishes you good luck with preparing everything!
If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to contact us via: info@mindthebrain.nl