Call for Posters


The World Economic History Congress offers the opportunity to PhD students and junior/postdoctoral researchers to present their research to an international audience. Poster sessions are an informal and interactive way to present an ongoing research to a broad audience and to get useful comments and feedback. Selected posters will be on display for several days during the Congress, in order to give them maximum exposure. During special poster sessions, presenters will present their poster and engage further discussions on their research.

Posters will be selected on a competitive basis. We welcome historical applications in any field of economics and related social sciences, business history, demographic history, environmental history, global and world history, social history, urban history, methodological approaches to historical research, history of economics and economic thought, and other related fields. A jury consisting of members of the Executive Committee of the IEHA will assess the posters and give a 250-Euro award to the best poster.

If you are interested in participating in the poster session, please submit on a proposal from April 1st, 2021 to December 1, 2021, containing your name, email address and institutional affiliation, the proposed title of the poster, and an abstract of the contents (max 400 words). Posters should highlight research questions and hypotheses, sources and methods, and give some results by combining text and graphics.

Candidates will be informed by January 15t, 2022 of the selection. 

The selected candidates will then be required to submit their poster as a digital PDF document before July 1, 2022 and take a full-size (A0 portrait format) printed version of the poster with them to the congress (please note that we do not provide printing). 

Session advice

-    candidates can use one of several softwares to create a poster (e.g., Powerpoint, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, or open source alternatives Gimp, Inskape, etc.). Please make sure that you save/export a PDF document at the end of the creation process.

-    candidates can prepare a 3- to 4-minute presentation of their poster in order to engage and facilitate conversation with attendees

-    candidates can print flyer versions of their poster (A5 to A4 portrait format) and leave it next to their board for the attendees to take (with your contact infos and a short abstract on the back)

-    candidates can print longer research papers of their own that enlarge the scope of their poster

 Poster design advice

Creating a poster is not easy, but it can give a great overview of your research and a powerful highlight on your results. It can also attract interest of researchers and audiences who are not in your field. To do so, you have to catch the attention of the attendees!

Remember: people will probably give a very short look at your poster, and their attention will focus on big and catchy elements, not on long and small-size texts. To be efficient, your poster should not try to encompass a whole research paper but give a visual abstract of your subject, your field, your methods and your results.

Your poster has to go straight to the point: give information to a large audience by using simple and effective data displays (graphs, images, infographics), short texts with big titles or headlines and a catchy design. Use colours (but not too flashy!), make sure that your picture and graphs resolution is high, do not overload your background (prefer a plain background), use bullet points expressing clear results instead of long text blocks, and surprise the audience with creative visual designs highlighting your results.  

Make it clear, simple and visual.

This can be frustrating for the candidate who enjoys sharing long years of research with other scholars, but a poster is a first step to engage discussion. So do not forget to add your contact information on your poster (email especially) and to give information about your work (academic position, institution, fundings).

Templates and more information are available online. Here is a selection of useful tools for candidates:

- [summary of major points to take into account]

- [lots of tips, links and advices]

-    How to create a better research poster? #1 and #2 [two instructive videos about how to catch attention of the audience with a poster]