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I had a poster competition and given 4 minutes to explain everything in brief to the judges plus 1 minute for Q&A. I prepared in that way and explained my work to the judges in 3 minutes and 58 seconds. One judge asked me a quick question and I answered it also quickly. As there were another few seconds left, second judge asked me another question and I also explained it very nicely. Finally one person with a stopwatch told me you finished everything in exactly 5 minutes.

When the result got announced, I just got shocked because out of 3 winners at least 2 were there who neither maintain the time nor could answer the judges' simple questions properly. The best poster award was given to X who took 7 minutes and 35 seconds to finish her presentation (with 3 additional time notifications:-please conclude, please conclude, please conclude). One judge asked a quick question to her and she took additional few minutes to answer. The person with stopwatch told her that she took a total of 9 minutes and 54 seconds.

So I am curious to know whether the judgement process does not consider the time management? Or it just depends on the judges' own interest? I had a chance to ask about my presentation to one judge during the end day dinner. Below are the relevant one:

Me: How was my presentation, any suggestions please to improve it?

Judge: Your presentation was one of the best. But why didn't you explain your results more explicitly? (Pointing the best poster awardee) X explained her results very clearly.

Me: I had only 4 minutes.

Judge: Yaah, I can understand it. But you have excellent fluent and good depth of your research objective. Keep it up.

  • A best poster award can be a nice little feather in your cap but it's not something I would put too much effort into. – Bryan Krause Feb 29 at 3:29
  • Next time around ignore the time constraint - the judges don’t seem to value it... – Solar Mike Feb 29 at 6:24
  • Not really about academia but rather dealing with the rules of a poster competition and the judges interpretation of them. – Alchimista Feb 29 at 9:10
  • What is the question? How a specific competitionis graded? But, how could we know? – user111388 Feb 29 at 14:58

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