Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology


AAPT Conference 2015 - Poster Competition

In 2015 the AAPT Conference will head to Inverness in Scotland. Further details will follow, but in the first instance, we encourage mortuaries to submit a poster presentation. The categories for 2015 are APTs through the ages, Toxicology and Forensics.

Entry Form 2015

Categories 2015

Guidelines for submission:

Content of the poster
• Make sure the title and author's/Mortuary’s name are prominent and eye-catching.
• Remember to include your Mortuary’s name.
• Tell a story: provide clear flow of information from introduction to conclusion
• Focus on your major findings - a common fault is to try to cover too much. Few delegates are going to read everything on your poster, so get to the point.
• Use graphs, tables, diagrams and images where appropriate. Use boxes to isolate and emphasise specific points.
• If you add an NHS logo, follow the guidelines provided by your trust.
• Your Medical illustration department may be able to help you.

Design suggestions
• Use all the space at your disposal, but do not cram in the content - white space is an important part of the layout, and good use of it can make a poster elegant and arresting.
• Use colour sparingly - limited use of a few colours is more striking than a 'rainbow' approach. Think about why you are using colour; it is especially useful for emphasis and differentiation.
o Avoid colour combinations that clash (e.g. red on blue) or cause problems for people with colour-blindness (e.g. red and green in proximity).
• Use white or muted colour background (e.g. pastel shades)
• The flow of information should be clear from the layout; if you have to use arrows to indicate the flow, the content could probably be arranged better.
• Clearly label diagrams/drawings and provide references to them in the text where necessary.
• The title text should be readable from 6 metres away - at least 48-point text. (Note that if you are creating your poster in A4 format, to be blown up to A1 format later, the final printed font size will be approximately 3 times the size you are working with.)
• The body text should be readable from 2 metres away - at least 24-point text
• Choose a clear font with large inner space (i.e. the space inside the loops of letters such as 'o', 'd', ‘p'). Good examples are Arial, Verdana, Georgia or Helvetica.
Completed Entries
• Ensure the poster is NO larger than A3 size.

A laminated final presentation is to be posted / mailed to: - Mrs Emma Romeling, Senior Anatomical Pathology Technologist, Mortuary & Bereavement Services, Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan Lane, Wigan, WN1 2NN  no later than the 31st July 2015.

Email a copy of your presentation & completed entry form to

All entries will be displayed at the AAPT Conference in Inverness on 19th September 2015. They will be judged by speakers at the Conference and the winning presentation will be displayed on the AAPT website.

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