Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology


AEE 2023 Poster Competition

The theme for the 2023 Annual Educational Event poster competition is announced

Theme: The Mental Health & Wellbeing of Mortuary Staff

Content of the poster

  • Make sure the Title is prominent and eye-catching
  • 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.
  • 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 you are creating your poster in A3 format)
  • 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 (with the name of your mortuary on the back of the poster) is to be mailed to:

Lisa Cooney 

Mortuary, C/O Pathology

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Cliftonville, Northampton,


Email a copy of your completed entry form to Lisa Cooney no later than the 31st of August 2023 and ensure Lisa receives the poster by 20th September.

All entries will be displayed at the AAPT Annual Educational Event in Milton Keynes on Saturday 30th September

They will be judged at the Annual Educational Event by all delegates and the winning presentation will be displayed on the AAPT website.

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