Guidance for Posters
- A .pdf file sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, together with the abstract, so that they are made available on the M@100 site;
- A physical (paper or fabric) poster, at most 36 in by 48 in (91 cm by 122 cm), to be displayed either vertically or horizontally;
- Pins will be provided for you to attach the poster to the backdrop.
- Poster sessions will be held in room 32-D461 and/or the 8th floor lobby of tower D, building 32 (Stata Center).
- For morning poster sessions, the room will be opened at 9 am;
- For the afternoon poster sessions, the room will be open after 1 pm for poster set-up;
- Please take down your poster after your poster session.
The tips on poster design and presentation below are an abridged version of the AMP 2022 Guidelines for Poster Presentations
- Poster etiquette
- Try to prepare a short verbal run-through; many visitors will want to visit multiple posters and will feel uncomfortable if you have them trapped at your poster for a long time.
- Speak loud enough to be heard by all those around your poster.
- Do not let one visitor monopolize a long stretch of time when others are present.
- Avoid wordy, overlong posters
- By far the most common error is to try to include too much. The result is a busy poster, with small type, hard to read from a distance.
- Please be aware that many conference-goers regard a crowded, small-font poster as a red flag and are likely to walk right past it.
- The web site listed below suggests a maximum of 800 words.
- The length problem usually arises from misunderstanding the poster’s purpose. Your poster is not supposed to cover the full content of the research. Rather, it is like a scholarly “advertisement” for the full paper. So, hit the highlights and get your main point across.
- Telegraphic, caption-like presentation can be easier for your audience than paragraphs.
- Get your poster vetted in advance
- It is a recurring ritual in many departments that people with posters tape a draft version to the wall and solicit the comments of teachers and peers.
- On the same occasion, you can practice your 2-minute oral run-through.
- Provide examples
- Even though poster space is at a premium, do not sacrifice example forms, which assist intelligibility.
- Include graphic material
- For instance, tableaux, graphs of experimental results.
- These take up a lot of room but it really pays to include them.
- Organizing the panels
- Arrange the panels of your poster arrayed in columns left to right. Do not ask readers to follow a non-standard path simply because it will save you space.
- Retain enough white space so that the layout is clear.
- Font size
- Make your title big, and use intermediate-size fonts to clarify the structure of your poster.
- Smallest size should be readable (even by people with imperfect vision) from a distance of 5 ft / 1.5 m.
- Digital resources
- Make it possible for others to download your poster (or full paper, or whatever) by including a link to your website.
- People often provide QR codes to make this process quick and easy.
- Sound files and other supplementary materials
- QR codes can also let your visitors access illustrative sound files quickly.
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