Date & Time: 
Tuesday 9 September 2014 to Monday 6 October 2014
Tuesday 9 September 2014 at 8:00am-Monday 6 October 2014 at 4:00pm

To celebrate World Food Day on the 16th October and recognise the depth of research being undertaken at UQ, the Global Change Institute (GCI), Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) and the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences (SAFS) are inviting students to enter a poster competition.

Poster Theme

This year’s World Food Day theme is Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth. It focuses world attention on the significant role of family and smallholder farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development, particularly in rural areas.

The Student Poster Competition encourages participants from a range of disciplines across the University to present on a variety of topics linked to food systems. Students can submit a poster on their research work, which could span across areas including:

Food, agriculture and fisheries systems including production, distribution and retailing, processing and packaging and consumption
Food security outcomes including access, utilisation and availability of food
The drivers of food in the global system e.g. environmental change or socioeconomic drivers

The research work may be focused on technical, policy or economic projects - it is unlimited and can come from any disciplinary area. The only requirement is that it demonstrates strong linkages to the food system.

Who Can Participate

Postgraduate and Honours students are invited to submit posters representing projects related to their research, and which demonstrate an excellence in technical communication. All printed and electronic posters will be displayed in the Global Change Institute’s Exhibition and Atrium spaces for two weeks to showcase the depth of research being undertaken at UQ in the food systems area.

Submission Guidelines

Participants must submit:

  • A 250 - 500 word abstract about your research topic or technical project, including an explanation of how the poster succeeds in communicating the message visually. This must be submitted electronically. Please name the file - LastName_FirstName_World Food Day_16 October 2014.
  • An electronic and printed copy of your poster. The poster can be either A1 or A0.

Posters previously submitted to conferences, competitions etc will be accepted as entries.

Participants should submit both the abstract and poster to Krystle Henry, Engagement Officer, Global Change Institute. The abstract and electronic versions of posters must be emailed to The printed posters must be submitted to Reception on Level 3, Global Change Institute (Building 20) by 4pm, Monday 6th October 2014.

Winner Selection

The selection committee, comprising senior researchers and executives of the Global Change Institute (GCI), Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), School of Agriculture and Food Sciences (SAFS) and the School of Social Sciences, will evaluate the content and design of all posters. The posters will be judged on the science communication and visual appeal; the content, and; the ability to clearly articulate the research matter.

The top 20 posters will progress to the final judging with the students required to also present a three-minute presentation on their work and the poster. The presentations and final judging will be held on World Food Day and take place in the GCI Atrium.


The top three entrants will be announced at a special event to be held on World Food Day, 16 October 2014. The prizes will consist of:

First place: $2,000
Second place: $1,000
Third place: $500

The funds will be paid into the student’s research account and must be utilised to further their studies i.e. international conference, fieldwork, equipment etc. The expenditure will be undertaken in consultation with the student’s supervisor.

The top three entrants will be invited to present on their research as part of the Global Change Institute’s Insights Seminar Series.

Important Dates

Monday, 6 October 2014                 
Posters and abstracts due (4:00pm)

Thursday, 9 October 2014            
First round of judging takes place and 20 finalists are announced

Thursday, 16 October 2014         
Final round of judging and winners announced

Questions and Further Information

For any questions or further information, please contact Krystle Henry, Engagement Officer, Global Change Institute via email or phone (07) 3443 3118.

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