Quick re-cap as we are looking for ADVOCACY PROJECTS:

 A project is 

'a controlled work that using agreed timescale, budget and resources delivers a one-off objective'

So share what you plan to do, why you want to do it and what exactly you want to achieve. How long will the project run? And what are your budget and your resources? 

You might not know details right now but then consider listing estimates or simply the items that need to be paid for. 

Don't forget to list your own time and work under resources.

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Written for MPNE poster competitions but obviously of general use!

The topic for MPNE Poster competions:

THE Melanoma Advocacy Project

Prepare a poster to present your idea for a Melanoma Advocacy Project to share it with the wider Melanoma advocacy community with the chance to win a prize!  Advocates will get to vote what is most meaningful to them, so this is by the community for the community!

Which poster format?

The poster boards are 1m wide and 2m high, so perfectly fit an upright

DINA0 Poster (841mm x 1189mm ).
The easiest is to use powerpoint- open a new presentation and change

the size under 'File, page set-up’ to a format that fits the poster boards.

This is a good youtube clip on how to prepare a poster 

And you will find a google slide template here

Please do not forget your NAME, your organisation and a way how to contact you on the poster!


The poster should be in plain English- the native language of most conference participants is anything BUT English! So keep it simple, straight-forward and avoid abbreviations to make sure everyone understands your idea.

What type of advocacy project should I put on the poster?

We are looking for ideas how to improve the situation of melanoma patients- this can be very concrete- paint the waiting area, organise a local support group for Melanoma patients and their families, raise funds to support your local center- or actions in support of a Melanoma patient organisation you believe in- or political involvement to fight for Melanoma patients' interest, patient education on early detection, how to find Melanoma centres of excellence, how to find the right clinical trial and how to access it if is abroad, psychosocial support. It can be awareness, education- for the general public but also for Melanoma patients themselves. How do we voice our concerns more effectively? 

At this stage, what counts is the IDEA- an observation where something needs to change and a starting idea what you think could be done about it. 


Most print shops print posters, there are also online shops available where you upload the poster and get it sent home. 

Too complicated?

Print it on single A4 sheets and tape/ glue them together....remember, it is the IDEA that counts

No access to powerpoint? 

GOOGLE SLIDES is a good alternative

When can I put up my poster?

Poster boards will be available from Friday afternoon onwards, so that people have time to look at them during the day on Saturday and get a chance to vote.


Will there be a chance to discuss my idea with others?

The Saturday evening reception will take place in the poster session area, so you will be able to enjoy a glass of wine (or other) while exchanging ideas with others


who will vote?

Conference participants who are patients or patient advocates will get 5 sticky points each- to be placed on their poster(s) of choice. This can be all 5 points for one poster or single points for different ones- the poster with the most points wins!

What is the prize?

That's obviously a surprise :-) 


Updated 30th March 2015, BR

How to make a poster