Poster Guidelines

A. Dimensions Important!
Poster board 100 (H) x 100 (W) cm (A0 portrait is acceptable)

B. Layout
1. The heading should list the title, authors and author affiliations. Your allotted board will be numbered and viewers will find your poster according to the title of your submitted abstract and number as indicated in the abstract booklet.

2. Divide your poster into:
• Background or/and Objectives
• Materials and Methods
• Results
• Conclusions.

3. At first glance from 10 – 15 feet away the viewer should see an easy-to-read title and an uncluttered, neat arrangement of photos and/or illustrations and text. It should be obvious where to start inspecting the poster and where to go from there (generally left to right, top to bottom). As this progression is vital, the component parts should either be numbered to facilitate this or have arrows that graphically lead the viewer through the display e.g. Figure 1. Leave enough empty spaces between the elements so that your poster will not be too taxing on the eyes.

Figure 1

4. Use elements of different sizes and proportions. For areas of particular emphasis try a mixture of shapes and straight lines to attract the viewer’s attention e.g Figure 2.

Figure 2

A large and/or bright center of interest can draw the eye to the most important aspect of the poster.

1. Enlarge all photos enough for pertinent details to be clearly evident. Make all illustrations simple and bold.

2. Convert tabular material to a graphic display if possible. Try scatter plots, bar graphs, or triangular diagrams.

C. Text and Fonts
1. The text material included on a poster should be brief. Use succinct statement of the major conclusion from a subsection as its heading. The supporting text is then presented in brief segments along with appropriate illustrations, and the significance of the findings is made assertively and concisely clear at the end.

2. All lettering should be legible from five feet away. The minimum type size should be no less than 18 points, and the style should be bold or semi-bold in simple, clean-looking font. The title lettering should be the largest, about 2 to 3 in., with subheadings 1/2 to 1 in. high.

3. Please be consistent with the colors of your fonts, e.g. same color for all subheadings etc. Erratic choice of colors can be distracting.

For poster printing.