Poster Specifications & Suggestions
Accepted poster presenters should prepare posters with the following guidelines in mind:
- Posters will be displayed digitally and do not need to adhere to specific layout or sizing guidelines.
- Presenters are responsible for the development, and display of all poster-related materials and any associated costs.
- Include the names of the authors, your faculty sponsor’s name, and the name of your academic institution.
- Your poster should include:
- The title of your accepted proposal
- Your name, and any other authors or mentors
- A description of research goals and methods
- A presentation of results
- A summary of major conclusions
- Future directions for the research
- A short bibliography or list of references
- Acknowledgments (citing any help received, mentors, or sources of funding)
- Color logo of your college or university (students only)
What makes a good poster?
Posters should attract the eye of passersby. Remember visual impact is important! Please think through the following design considerations when creating your poster:
- Use large, uncomplicated fonts. The print should be legible from at least three to four feet away.
- Convey your information with colorful images and figures
- Balance your text and images
- Think of reader “gravity”—how the viewer’s eye tends to move from top to bottom and from left to right—and incorporate that flow into your design.
- Use headings, numbers, white space, or color frames to organize the information.
- Include an abstract—a concise summary of your work, written in a way that makes the reader want to take the time to study your poster.
- Engage the reader by including an image, model, or photo in your introduction.
- Communicate the methods used with a flow chart, figures, or process diagram and a concise description.
- Articulate the takeaway lessons in an understandable manner. While the poster serves as a visual aid while you talk, others may view it when you are not there.
- The following design is suggested for your layout:
Want to include an oral presentation with your poster, or have more to share? Try incorporating a QR code into your poster!
The main job of a poster is to provide audiences with information on your research, but it can be a tricky balancing act to provide attendees with all the details while creating something visually pleasing. Using a QR code on your poster will allow viewers a place to go to view more details, without taking up space with numbers and words. QR codes can also be used to share your contact information, social media accounts, a YouTube video you’ve posted about your study, additional images, or links back to a website. Please check out the links below for more information and to generate and design a QR code for your poster.
- QR Code Generator
- Poster Presentations
- QR Codes for Conference Posters
- Research Posters Are a Staple of Academic Conferences. Could a New Design Speed Discovery?
Contact Erin Breece, Program Director, Education, or 703-846-0749.