Guidelines for Preparing Posters
These Guidelines as a pdf file.
Poster exhibition is an important vehicle for presenting research information and results at ECI conferences. The poster has many advantages, despite difficulties of preparation, and can have a greater influence than images fleetingly glimpsed on a screen during an oral presentation. The best posters display a succinct statement of major conclusions at the beginning, followed by supporting text in later segments and a brief summary at the end.
The following guidelines should help you prepare effective and successful posters.
Preparing the Poster
You need to design your poster to be as eye-catching and attractive as possible. Poster design is a personal matter and individuals have different views on how best to present information. The basic rule is to keep it simple, do not clutter, do not include unnecessary data, make every thing bold and large, and try to get your message even to the non-experts in your field. Displayed materials should be self-explanatory, freeing you for discussion.
Figures and Photographs
Labels or arrows should be bold and easily seen. Use contrasting letters as it is frustrating for the viewers to search for letters that appear camouflaged.
Colors should be used to emphasize and add interest, but avoid garish colors. Enlarge photos to show pertinent details clearly. Enlarged colored prints are extremely attractive in posters. A mixture of different colored backgrounds can also be very effective; however, too many colors or too many type styles can be confusing to those reading the poster information.
Some authors include the logo of their institution or organization and their own photo, which can be very helpful if the author is to be identified at the poster session.
The overall format and display of the poster: title, abstract, text and figures.
Transporting the Poster
It is much easier to transport a poster that has been prepared on cards that fit into an oversized envelope that you can place at the bottom of your suitcase and pin up on arrival. It is vital that they are well mounted on cards to ensure that they lie flat. By far the best means of mounting involves use of a dry-mounting spray; these give the most professional finish. You may wish to put your name on the reverse of each card as well as an order number.
If you are transporting your poster in your luggage, be aware that luggage has been known to get lost. It might be a good idea to make a duplicate poster and leave it in the care of someone who you can be in touch with easily and who can ship it to you via overnight delivery.
Poster dimensions in Davos are 1.5 m x 1 m and boards in other locations are sometimes 6í (wide) x 3í (high).
As soon as the ECI office knows the size of the poster board, they will announce it on the conference web site.
Frequently poster presenters attach an envelope to the board containing their business cards or other information (e.g., internet address) they wish to provide.
The Poster Session(s)
Donít stand directly in front of your poster at the session and donít become so engrossed in conversation with any single individual that you (or they) accidentally prevent others from viewing your poster. Give people reading your poster some space, but donít ignore people who look as though they may have some questions.
You might wish to bring a camera and ask somebody to take a photograph of you in front of your masterpiece to show your colleagues as proof of your scientific presentation in an exotic environment.
If several poster sessions are planned, please follow instructions regarding the removal of your poster so that the next sessionís presenter does not have to remove your poster before hanging hers.