Scientific Posters: Tips for Format and Design

Scientific posters are one of the best ways of presenting scientific or engineering information at conferences.

Scientific posters allow a you to share more information than during a speech or on paper. They also encourage more accessible interaction between the author and the reader. The poster is usually a mixture of brief text mixed with tables, graphs, pictures, etc.  At a conference, the researcher stands by the poster display. Other participants can come and view the presentation while interacting with the author.

Designing scientific posters is a unique task. It entails much more than simply resizing your research papers and slides to a larger format. There are a few simple steps to follow when creating your poster that are sure to help it stand out in the crowd.

Size and Material:  Scientific posters are usually large in size (42” x 90”), and easily read by people standing in a large room. The paper is either matte or glossy. They are traditionally printed on vinyl material and applied to foam core.

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Key Features:

The main goal of your scientific poster is to attract the audience. Your poster must have a prominent title, multiple figures and charts, while maintaining a clean and easy to read design

Secondly, have clearly labeled sections that quickly direct the reader to the most prominent points. Your poster should also have all of the elements of your research paper. If possible, the sections should rely on images: photographs, charts, and graphs.

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Posters should have more description than a talk slide, less description than a paper. Your scientific poster should be able to stand on its own as a clear presentation of your work, without any explanation from you.

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