Poster Presentation Guidelines

Purpose of a Poster Presentation

  • Acquaint conference participants with the fundamentals of your program, project, or study quickly and easily.
  • Use text, graphs, tables, charts, and pictures to present only highlights.
  • Catch your viewers' attention.
  • Make the viewer want to learn more about your program, project, or study.

Designing an Effective Poster

  • Include the abstract title and all authors at the top.
  • Your poster should fit on a board that is 4 ft wide x 8 ft high. The exact size is up to you, but it’s recommended to be no bigger than 4 ft wide x 5 ft high.
  • Keep any text brief.
  • Do not use all capital letters.
  • Use graphics (charts, tables, pictures) that can be understood in 1 minute or less.
  • Ideas should flow from panel to panel logically.
  • Assume the viewer will be reading your poster from approximately 3 ft away.
  • Describe all parts of the project/study, including why the outcome did or did not work as expected.
  • Background
  • Objectives
  • Research Design/Program Description
  • Results/Evaluation
  • Conclusion(s)
  • Future Plans
  • The viewer should gain new knowledge or insight by visiting your poster.
  • Consider providing a handout summarizing your research and include your contact information or be sure to have your business cards available for those who request your contact information.

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Poster Hall Etiquette

  • Hang your poster during the assigned poster hanging times. Please do not use this time to preview other posters. Once you have placed your poster, please exit the poster hall.
    • Wednesday: Poster Session A
      Hanging times: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
      Removal times: 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Thursday: Poster Session B
      Hanging times: 4 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
      Removal times: 7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
    • Friday: Poster Session C
      Hanging times: 4 p.m – 6:15 p.m.
      Removal times: 7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
    • Saturday: Poster Session D
      Hanging time: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
      Removal times: 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Stand by your poster for the duration of the poster session.
  • Chairs are provided only for those with special accommodation needs.

*All posters left after the removal period will be discarded

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Photo courtesy New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, and photographer Chris Granger.