Toolkit

The LSE Festival research competition toolkit is here to provide an introduction to presenting research projects through visual media. 

Photograph

  • Workshop: Compose your dramatic photo submission
    Wednesday 10 January 2018, 2-4pm
    LSE LIFE Workspace 2, 50 attendees
     
    A research photograph should convey your research narrative through a single image.  Come to this session with your potential photo submissions.  We will discuss what makes a good photo looking at examples, how to (re)frame and compose photos that draw the eye to tell a story, and what constitutes an ‘arresting’ photo.  Sign up here
  • Workshop: Photography
    Thursday 11 January 2018, 10am-12pm   
    PhD Academy, 12 attendees
     

    See your research through a different lens; bring a perspective and detail to your work that may not be captured in words or numbers alone. Explore how to work with your own images and others to communicate your research and expand your audience. Liz Hingley, award winning photographer and anthropologist will present some different ways of working with images in academic practice and reflect on ways to approach the theme of the LSE Festival Research Competition, Beveridge 2.0. Sign up here

  • Blog: Four questions you should ask yourself before undertaking a multimedia research project
  • Previous winners page
  • Visit the photograph submissions page for full submissions information and judging criteria for a photograph.

Poster

  • Workshop: Design your eye-catching poster submission
    Friday 12 January 2018, 3-5pm   
    LSE LIFE Workspace 2, 50 attendees
     
    Posters act as a medium to both advertise your work and help you summarise it for generalist audiences.  A winning poster should engage people in a discussion about your work. Come to this session with your notes and research findings to do some exercises on how to design posters that are well structured, use graphics and colour to enhance the research, and are clear and coherent for the judges.  Please make sure to bring your laptops with you. Sign up here
  • Workshop: Clarity, coherence and consistency - the elusive must-haves for information posters
    Tuesday 9 January 2018, 10am-12pm   
    PhD Academy, 12 attendees
     

    A poster needs to do three things very quickly: connect with your audience, direct their attention and promote understanding and memory. As well as being authors, you need to think like an editor and designer and this workshop can help you take a step in this direction. Bring your prototype in for group criticism and development as a printout from PDF and on your laptop. Refreshments will be provided. Sign up here

  • Posters - practical strategies for design and layout
  • NYU Libraries - how to create a research poster
  • The Philosophy of Science Association - instructions, samples, and tips for constructing posters
  • Page structure and grids (PDF)
  • Typographic hierarchy (PDF)
  • Susannah Rees on poster design
  • Previous winners page
  • Visit the poster submissions page for full submissions information and judging criteria for a poster.

Research abstract

  • Workshop: Write your compelling abstract submission
    Thursday 11 January 2018, 12-2pm   
    LSE LIFE Workspace 2, 50 attendees
     
    Abstracts are an excellent way to present your research in a clear, concise and coherent way for audiences to gain the ‘essence’ of your work.  It also acts as a first impression of your work.  Come to this session, equipped with your notes and outlines from your research to do some exercises on how to create a draft abstract. Sign up here
  • Workshop: How do you get your research to reach beyond academia?
    Wednesday 10 January 2018, 4-6pm   
    PhD Academy, 12 attendees
     

    Research abstracts need to engage with a targeted community in such a way that readers can grasp the main points of the research and why it matters to them. The training session will help you write headlines that grab the reader, and shape the abstracts that will inform them to use your research. The session will be tutored by Jess Winterstein (LSE Media Relations team) and Mary Morgan (LSE professor and Vice President for Publications at the British Academy). Refreshments will be provided. Sign up here

  • Headlined abstracts toolkit (PDF)
  • Headlined abstracts example - Cultivating Institutions (PDF)
  • Headlined abstracts example - If you can’t beat them, support them (PDF)
  • Headlined abstracts example - Overdue (PDF)
  • The LSE Impact blog
  • Previous winners page
  • Visit the research abstract submissions page for full submissions information and judging criteria for a research abstract. 

How to enter

Read the competition entry criteria and information before completing a submission form:

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 24 January 2018.

 

Contact us

For further information, email researchcompetition@lse.ac.uk