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A Poster Session advertises your research or a recent innovation. It combines text and graphics to make a visually pleasing presentation. Typically, a professional poster involves showing your work to numerous professional colleagues at a conference or seminar. This can take place in one large room, several smaller rooms, or even on a balcony. Then, as viewers walk by, your poster should quickly and efficiently communicate your information. Unlike the fast pace of a slide show or verbal presentation, a Poster Session allows viewers to study and restudy your information and discuss it with you one-on-one.

A successful poster is not created overnight. Preparing a well-organized, visually-pleasing poster requires you to plan well in advance.

  • - Know your audience so that you can communicate to them most effectively.
  • - Text should be large enough to be seen from 5 feet away.
  • - The pieces should be organized in a way that leads the viewer through the display.
  • - Make illustrations simple and bold.
  • - The display should be self-explanatory so that you are free to talk.
  • - Keep displays simple and text brief; a viewer should "get it" in 30 seconds. You can provide in-depth information in a handout.
  • - A neutral colored poster on matte board is more pleasing to the eye than one on a bright colored background.
  • - Organize your material and edit your content to eliminate distracting visual noise. When in doubt, edit out; make sure every item is necessary.
  • - Take a note pad and pen for notes, extra thumbtacks, pins, tape or glue.

A few logistics:

  • - Your poster should be no larger than 4 feet tall by 5 feet wide.
  • - A chair will be provided for each Poster Session presenter.
  • - Feel free to supplement your poster with a laptop demonstration, but be sure your laptop is charged. Your display will only be the laptop screen itself. The author must remain by his/her poster board for the duration of the one hour session.
  • - Posters may be set up ½ hour before the start of the session.
  • - Presentations should be taken down within 30 minutes after the session ends. Display materials not removed following the conclusion of the session will be discarded.
  • - If handouts are distributed, bring approximately 25 copies. Highlight the authors' names and address information in case the viewer is interested in contacting them for more information.
  • - Bring business cards with you.