Scientific Posters Guidelines

  • Poster displays will be limited to one side of a 4 foot by 8 foot tack board. The poster size is 3 feet by 6.5 feet (36 inches by 78 inches).
  • The poster board number assigned to the poster must be placed in the upper left-hand corner of the display. A poster board number cut-out will be provided and must be visible at all times.
  • The title, author and co-author names, the institution(s), e-mail address and phone number must be included in the upper right-hand corner of the poster board.
  • The main sections include: “Introduction/Background,” Methods,” “Results,” “Conclusions” and “References”.
  • Posters should stimulate discussion, not give a long presentation. Therefore, keep text to a minimum, emphasize graphics, and make sure every item included in your poster is necessary:
  • Utilize handouts to supplement your poster.
  • Goal: 20% text, 40% graphics, 40% space.
  • Make sure ideas flow logically from one section to the next.
  • Use charts and graphs to illustrate data (avoid large tables of raw data).
  • Use high resolution photographs (web images often will not work).
  • Do not use all capital letters.
  • The use of typewritten, handwritten or a printed PowerPoint presentation as a poster is unacceptable.
  • Be consistent: Keep consistent margins. Keep line spacing consistent. Keep the colour, style, and thickness of borders the same. Keep shading consistent. Pick no more than 2–3 types of fonts. Pick no more than 4 colours.
  • Test readability: Title banner should be legible from 20 feet away. Body text should be legible from 6 feet away.
Scientific Poster Submission