header image

Visa requirements



Posters should be a maximum of 36" w X 42" h (3' w x 31/2' h) OR 42" w x 36" h

Materials Required for Hanging

Presenters should supply their own hanging materials. Depending on the hanging surface, these could include thumbtacks, double-sided tape, masking tape; velcro tape, etc.


Tips for Creating a Poster

An effective poster operates on multiple levels:

  • source of information
  • conversation starter
  • advertisement of your work
  • summary of your work

Many ineffective posters suffer from easy-to-fix problems, including:

  • objective(s) and main point(s) hard to find
  • text too small
  • poor graphics
  • poor organization


Your poster should:

  • use a visual grammar to guide readers to the important parts of your poster.
  • use a column format to make your poster easier to read in a crowd.
  • use organization cues to guide readers through your poster.
  • use "reader gravity" which pulls the eye from top to bottom and left to right (Wheildon 1995).
  • use headings intelligently to help readers find your main points and key information.
  • balance the placement of text and graphics to create visual appeal.
  • use white space creatively to help define the flow of information.


  • Lets graphs and images tell the story;
  • Good graphics - graphs, illustrations, photos - are the centerpiece of your poster.
  • Write explanations directly on figures, instead of referencing from elsewhere.


  • Use text sparingly.
  • Text should be simple, direct and of a large font size.
  • Text should be readable from a distance.
  • Use phrases rather than full sentences.


  • Microsoft Powerpoint is an easy to use tool for creating posters (template available for download below).
  • Graphics may be created in Microsoft Excel and exported to Powerpoint.
  • Adobe Illustrator and In Design, Adobe Photoshop are good for creating high quality graphics.

Source NCSU


Download a fully customisable Research Poster Template in powerpoint (.pptx) format for a 36"x42" poster.  Add graphics, change the fonts, colour scheme, layout etc. Instructions included on the template.  (Source: posterpresentations.com).





Guest Speaker

Guest Speakers

J. Diego Quesada, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. Dr. Quesada got his BA in English in 1986 and his Master's in Linguistics in 1989 at the University of Costa Rica Read More»

Joyce Pereira (University of Aruba) has a Master's in Dutch Language and Literature. She had taught Dutch and Papiamento didactics at the Instituto Pedagogico Arubano.. Read More»



Host University
The Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (UNA) is one of five public universities in Costa Rica, with the main campus located in the city of Heredia. Learn more»

Heredia, Heredia Province (Aug 5-8 and 11-12)
One of Costa Rica's most historical cities, founded in 1705 and nicknamed "City of Flowers". Located in central Costa Rica amidst vast coffee plantations and lush greenery. Learn more»

Limón (Aug 8-11)
Stretching along the Caribbean Coast, Limón is considered to be one of the most pristine and lush regions of Costa Rica. Learn more»

important dates

Important Dates

Submission of full papers:
12 August 2018

Early Bird Registration:
ends 30 June 2018

Notification of acceptance:
15 April 2018

Deadline for Abstracts:
15 February 2018
Extended to March 17

Early Notification of acceptance:
20 December 2017

Early Bird Abstracts:
30 October 2017

useful info

Social Programme

- Tuesday Conference Dinner (Heredia)
- Friday Lunch (Limón)
- Limón Cultural Activity (tba)
- Conference T-Shirt (preorder with registration)


social programme

Useful Information

Before you go:
- Airlines flying to Costa Rica
- Airport > Juan Santamaría International (SJO), San José
- Entry Requirements
- Visas by Nationality
- Yellow Fever Vaccination

Arriving in Costa Rica:
Click here to learn about airport transfers, currency,
mobile devices, getting around, shopping etc.