Guidelines for Poster Presentation

Poster Site

A poster board, together with pins, will be provided for you to display your poster. If your poster is A1-size (594mm by 841mm) or smaller, you may orient it in portrait or landscape mode. If you need a bigger poster, you may go up to A0 (1189mm by 841mm) but use only portrait mode. Specifically, the width of the poster should not exceed 841mm

me Tips on Creating a Great Poster Session

  • Emphasize graphics over text. The idea of a poster session is to talk, so you'll get to use plenty of words! When you're talking, you can refer to the graphics in the poster to tell the story. If you write a lot of words in your poster, it is quite likely that you will be the only one who will ever read them!
  • Include a simple message that can be seen at a distance. You want the right people to come and see your poster, and the key to making that happening is good advertising. This might be a catchy title in a large font, a graphical flow that tells the basics of your story at a glance, or a bit of each.
  • Print the poster as a single large sheet, not as a set of ordinary-sized pages. This will give you much better control over layout, which should make it possible to tell your story more clearly. If you stick to black and white, printing large sheets can be fairly inexpensive these days.
  • Posters are about the discussion that happens around them, so it is important that someone be there throughout the session to talk with people about your work. You'll probably want to recruit a backup presenter so that you'll have a chance to walk around and see some other posters while your backup stands in for you. If nobody else from your group will be there, you might still walk around a bit without losing (much of) your audience if you ask one of your neighbors to come get you if someone stops by. Or at the very least leave a note saying when you'll be back.
  • Consider bringing something you can hand to people that you particularly want to remain in touch with. Perhaps a few copies of papers you have written on related subjects. Or a stack of business cards. Anything with your email address on it should do.
  • Before the session starts, walk around and note the location of any posters on topics that are related to yours. Then when people visit your poster, you can offer referrals to other posters that they might also be interested in seeing. If everyone does this, it should help to generate more of the right kind of traffic -- people who are genuinely interested in what you have to say.
  • Have fun!
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