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Electronic Posters
Traditional Posters

Electronic Posters

Electronic poster (E-poster) presentations are similar to traditional poster presentations, but presented on a large computer screen. Because of the similarities, be sure to read the Traditional Poster Tips for more information about creating your presentation.

Your E-poster can consist of multiple slides or just one slide. We do recommend that you avoid an excessive number of slides. It is best to present your information in a clear and concise manner.

E-Poster Tips

Hyperlinks are discouraged as Internet access will not be available during your presentation. Also, due to the open area in which posters will be presented, sound is not permitted.

Save your poster to a USB key (thumb) drive and bring it with you the day of your presentation.

Traditional Posters

Ideally, a well-constructed poster is self-explanatory, achieving both coverage and clarity.

Poster Tips

Coverage: Have you provided all the obvious information? Will a casual observer walk away understanding your major findings after a quick perusal of your material? Will a more careful reader learn enough to ask informed questions?

In addition to title/author and abstract, most successful posters provide brief statements of introduction, method, subjects, procedure, results, and conclusions. Ask yourself, "What would I need to know if I was viewing this material for the first time?"

Clarity: Is the sequence of information evident? Indicate the ordering of your material with numbers, letters, or arrows when necessary. Is the content being communicated clearly? Keep it simple. Place your major points in the poster and have the nonessential, but interesting, sidelights for informal discussion. Be selective. Your final conclusions or summary should leave observers focused on a concise statement of your most important findings.

Each poster display should include a lettered sign giving the title and name(s) of the presenter(s). This sign should be 6" in height with letters at least 2" high in a bold font. Extensive, imaginative use of captioned illustrations, photographs, graphs, or other types of visually appealing material is an extremely effective mode of communication in a poster presentation.

People attending a poster session are free to move about from poster to poster, making it difficult to read excessive text. With this in mind, you may wish to limit text and use large fonts. This will allow the poster to be read from several feet away. Do not mount materials on heavy board, because these may be difficult to position on the poster board. Be sure to provide clear labels for each section of your presentation. Posters should be 8 feet x 4 feet.

Helpful Online Resources for Poster Creation