Information for poster presenters
Please make sure your poster is at most DIN A0 size (that’s 84.1 x 118.9 cm, or 33.1 x 46.8 inch). Smaller is fine too (bigger isn’t always better – see the section on the Better Poster!). Poster can be either portrait or landscape.
Poster panel allocation
Each poster will have a numbered panel, which is the same as the abstract number you’ve been assigned. Conference volunteers will be on hand to help you with poster setup and the time for your session. If you submitted more than one poster, we will divide them over the sessions. If you want your posters to be grouped together in one session, please let us know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure that you stand by your poster(s) during your session for discussion and questions. A poster is usually just the start of a great discussion! Poster session planning (including your abstract number) will be announced a month before the conference.
How to fix your poster to the poster board
The conference team will provide you with simple tacks/drawing pins to pin your poster to the poster board. Make sure you clean up any dropped pins – nobody likes to step on one.
General guidelines for posters
- A poster should be clear, self-contained and explanatory. When in doubt – keep the information simple. It’s often better to put a little less on the poster than a little more – you’ll be there to fill in the details and spark a conversation.
- Try to keep the cognitive load on the viewer as low as possible, so don’t include too many complex graphs or large tables.
- If your poster reports on a (randomized) clinical trial, remember to include the trial registration number. If relevant, remember to include funding body registration numbers, etc.
- It’s always nice to bring smaller, printed versions of your poster so people can take a copy home. Same for calling cards with your name and contact details (most universities give them to you).
- Additionally, using a QR code on your poster is a great way to link to, e.g., a digital copy of the poster, your website, a published paper or pre-print, etc. You can make QR codes on this website: https://www.qr-code-generator.com/
The Better Poster
Scientific posters are often seen as dull, boring, and ugly – and there’s tens of them put together in a room. But scientific posters don’t have to be huge walls of text and tables. The Better Poster attempts to increase the visibility, clarity (and beauty!) of your poster. If you’re on Twitter, you can follow the #betterposter hashtag to see some fantastic examples of better posters. Some useful links about the Better Poster:
- Find free Better Poster templates on OSF.io: https://osf.io/g6xsm/
- See examples of better posters on Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23betterposter
- Watch Mike Morrison’s rationale for the Better Poster on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RwJbhkCA58
Tips and tricks
- Many printers now offer the option of printing your poster on canvas rather than paper. You can simply fold these and put them in your suitcase or bag – no need for those cumbersome poster tubes!
- Twitter is increasingly becoming a discussion platform during conferences. If you’re on Twitter, make sure to include your Twitter handle on your poster and use the hashtag #esrii2019.
- If there is information on your poster you don’t want people to share publicly (for example, people sharing photos of your poster on Twitter or Facebook), please note this clearly on your poster.