The conference’s unusual online-only format makes it open to anyone working in the chemical sciences, anywhere in the world.
"In 2016 I had lots of people asking questions and retweeting, including from places like Australia," says Helen. "All the questions were relevant to the research, and some of them really helped, and made me think of things I hadn’t thought of before."
"I think PhD students especially can feel like their research has ended up in just their thesis, and no-one can really see it. It’s really nice to get your research out there."
Helen suggests that #RSCPoster is a good way to get feedback on a poster that you might be planning to submit to a conventional conference later. It’s worth making some adjustments though: "You can’t have a lot of text on Twitter and you’ve got to keep it quite engaging for the audience."
Join the conference
Being on Twitter, the conference is of course completely free to attend, you can attend it from anywhere, and you can get as involved as you want to.
All you need to do to enter the competition is tweet an image on the day, using #RSCPoster and the appropriate hashtag for your topic. Find the full list of hashtags, and full instructions for taking part, on the conference's blog page.
Please note that to be considered for a prize you do need to register, which you can do on our events page.
Whether or not you submit a poster be sure to follow #RSCPoster between 9 am GMT on 5 March and 9 am GMT on 6 March to get involved in the conversation.
Prizes for Australian chemists
If you’re an Australian chemist there’s an extra prize on offer. In the spirit of the recent agreement between the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), our Aussie colleagues are supporting the #RSCPoster Twitter Conference 2019 with prizes for the best posters presented by Australian chemists. An independent panel of Australian researchers will be taking part in the event, judging posters that include the hashtag #ozchem alongside the #RSCPoster and subject hashtags.