Thank you for your interest in displaying your research at the RES/CON (Resiliency Conference) 2017 RES/LEARN program, co-hosted by the University of North Alabama – Security and Emergency Management program. The proposal selection process is very competitive. We want to help you to be successful in submitting your proposal, so please follow the guidelines below closely. Consideration is only given to proposals that follow all the guidelines listed below.

RES/LEARN is available to both undergraduate and graduate students who are currently conducting research in fields related to disaster/emergency management, resiliency management and/or crisis response. This is an informal opportunity for networking and exchanging ideas. Presenters will have an opportunity to share research studies, practical problem-solving efforts, or an innovative idea with fellow RES/CON participants. RES/LEARN presentations also provide other conference participants with an opportunity to become acquainted with your topic quickly and easily, and an effective RES/LEARN presentation highlights the main points or components of your topic succinctly.

Submissions are no longer being accepted. 


  1. Entrants are REQUIRED to submit their proposal electronically by filling out the submission form along with a one page abstract online. To be fair, everyone must submit a proposal via this process. Submissions are ONLY accepted by filling out your completed proposal submission form including the one page abstract as an upload.
  1. The poster competition submission deadline of February 10, 2017 is firm. Due to the quick turnaround time for the review process, late submissions will not be accepted.
  1. RES/LEARN participants will attend a grouped mentoring session with a disaster resilience professional.

 Students should plan to have their display set no later than 12 Noon on Monday, March 6, 2017. Posters should remain on display until 12:00 PM CST on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

















Since RES/LEARN sessions are a relatively new venue for many presenters, RES/CON and UNA have compiled some guidelines for successful sessions to help you prepare for optimum visibility and interaction with the viewers. We hope that these general guidelines better enable you to develop a RES/LEARN poster presentation that will take advantage of its increased visibility and opportunities for interaction with others.

Please note some common mistakes to avoid: 

Below are particular points to consider when putting your poster presentation together:

A neutral poster or matte board is more amenable to the eye than a bright colored background. A splash of color here and there, perhaps highlighting central finding(s) or provocative results, will make your RES/LEARN presentation “stand out” from the crowd.

Have a notepad handy when presenting at your RES/LEARN session. It may be helpful in elaborating on your findings, or for taking names and addresses of people interested in your work. Feel free to have cards with your contact info handy as well since the RES/LEARN is a great place to network and make contacts.

Further Reading:

These sites contain useful tips and examples to help you design SRE presentations that are effective, creative, and compelling.

Pro Tips for Poster Sessions From a Successful Example
Designing Effective Posters
Penn State’s Poster Session Tips