Call for Posters

Submission Guidelines

In addition to our call for papers for the upcoming 10th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, we invite interested design professionals, government and non-government institutions as well as university teachers and students to send us innovative proposals addressing the conference theme “The Entrepreneurial City”. Posters should refer to the five conference subthemes:

Relationships Between Urban Form, Economic Models and Productivity

Empowering Migrant Entrepreneurs in the Arrival City

Mapping the Impact of Informal Social-Economic Dynamics on Urban Space

New Urban Space and Typologies to Connect Working and Living

Social Entrepreneurialism and New Forms to Interact in Public Space


To design your poster, please, use the given template.


Each poster should be composed on one horizontal A1 (594mm x 841mm) sheet, landscape format, 200 dpi.

Each poster should contain the title of the conference and the two logos of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) and School of Architecture_The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


The title of the poster should appear in 60pt font, in sentence case or with only the first letter of all principal words in capitals. Avoid all caps. Submitted posters should be anonymized. This means that they should not contain any element that may reveal the identity of their authors. To give us these informations, please, use the A4 page together with the template and send them both when you submit the poster.


The poster should contain an abstract or project statement of maximum 500 words using a font size that is large enough, at the very least 18pt font (use a font that is readable and avoid using more than two font types). Fonts that are easy on the eyes are: Time Roman, Arial, Helvetica and Garamond. Alternatively it may contain statements of introduction, research question, aims and objectives, methodology, results, and conclusion in 18pt (at very least) font as long as all text combined does not exceed 500 words. Someone should ideally be able to read your poster in five minutes or less.

Cite and reference sources of information on the poster that are not your own, just as you would do with a research paper. Citations, references and image captions are in 10pt font.

Graphic images should be composed so that they clearly convey the content. A casual observer should be able to understand your research findings or design project after a quick perusal and from a distance of 1-2 metres away. Ask yourself what you would need to know if viewing the research or the project for the first time. Include the necessary text and graphics clearly, but keep it simple.

Proof read your poster:

  1. Check spelling
  2. Check punctuation, grammar, citation formatting


Compose the poster to achieve high visual impact as appropriate for a design-led research exhibition. Attract viewers. The aim of a conference poster is to generate active discussion about the research or design project. A poster enables you to interact personally with people interested in your research or project, while also enabling it to be publicly viewed after the conference.


Remember that it is not permitter to use pictures, drawings, paragraphs from the internet (unless they are licensed with a Creative Commons or they can be reused for non-commercial purposes) and every kind of material which is not the result of your own work.

Output Format

The poster should be contextually sent in three different formats:

  1. A1 landscape, 200 dpi, open format .psd (Adobe Photoshop), .AI (Adobe Illustrator), .docx (Word), ppt (Power Point), etc;
  2. A1 landscape PDF (200 dpi);
  3. low resolution jpg or PDF, landscape format, A1 or smaller (max 5 MB).

Instructions for Submission

Please do not send the poster as an attachment to your email. The poster should be sent to the following email address: It should be preferably submitted or shared via wetransfer or alternatively via sendspace

We are not providing a dropbox or google drive folder but you could use your dropbox or google drive folder to share a link with us.

The file of the poster should be renamed following this example: Author’s Surname_Given Name_Number of the chosen Theme_Letter of the chosen Subtheme_Poster.psd, e.g. Chan_Tai_Man_1_a_Poster.psd

Once the submission is completed you will receive a confirmation e-mail.

Authors should note that posters not conforming to these basic guidelines will not be forwarded to referees for review.

Key Dates

  • August 29: publication of the call for posters
  • September 30: deadline for submission
  • October 16: notification of posters acceptance
  • November 13: online registration closes*
  • December 14-16: conference

* Registration options for will be added soon

Your Poster at the Conference

All submitted posters will be reviewed by a committee. Those selected will be printed and exhibited at the conference. Authors of selected posters will be given the opportunity to present their poster ideas at a PechaKucha session during the conference. A  best poster selection will be awarded at the closing ceremony (December 16) and published in the Journal of Public Space (2018).