Poster Guidelines

General Information

Please prepare a title for the top of your poster indicating title of presentation, author(s) and their affiliation(s).

To maximize the effectiveness of the poster, keep the presentation simple and clear, even if the topic is complex. Your poster should be self-explanatory so that you are free to supplement and discuss particular points raised in inquiry. There should be an overall balance between text and graphics and clearly labeled sequence in the order of the layout. Arrange materials in vertical columns rather than a horizontal row format. It is easier for viewers to scan a poster by moving systematically along it rather than zigzagging back and forth in front of it. Simple but prominent sub-hearings like “Introduction”, Methods”, “Discussion”, and “Conclusions” are very helpful.

Lettering

Title and subtitles should be in capital letters, although the author(s) and affiliation(s) in the main title can be lower case to accentuate the title.

Graphics

Simplify! Complex graphs are too difficult to read and comprehend. Simple use of color can add emphasis effectively. Each graph should have a heading of 1 or 2 lines stating the “take-home” message. Detailed information should be provided in a legend accompanying each graph.

Photographs

Photographs and micrographs should have good contrast, sharp focus, and should not contain unnecessary or distracting detail. Important objects should be labeled, and there should be clear indication of scale. Each photograph should have a heading of 1 or 2 lines stating the take-home message. Detailed information should be provided in a legend accompanying each photograph.