Tips on Presenting Posters

Posters are a great way to get your message across and offer a terrific opportunity for you to discuss your work with like-minded investigators and leaders in the field. To ensure that you get the most out of your poster presentation, you should make sure that you are well prepared. Here are some tips and tricks suggested by our Board Members.




• Prepare your poster well in advance and show it to your supervisor and members of your lab. Remember, criticism can be difficult to take but ultimately improves your message.
• Organize the poster so that it is clear, orderly and allows you to explain your rationale, findings and conclusions.
• Keep the design simple; let your science speak for itself.
• Think of a way to tell your main findings as a “bumper sticker” message: short, sweet and to the point.
• Choose an adequate letter type and size. Make sure that you can read it at a distance of 2 m.
• Don’t overload the poster with text. Bullet points and short sentences work well.
• Design your figures carefully and make certain the typeface of the legends is large enough to read.
• Practice your delivery – timing is very important. In a busy poster hall, people will often ask you to walk them through the poster. Make sure you are clear and concise. This leaves time for them to ask questions before moving on to the next poster.
• Enjoy the interactions with visitors to your poster – these are people who are interested in your work. Ask them their thoughts on your findings. Take a notebook to jot down ideas.


In case your are a winner of the competition, remember to prepare in advance 4 power point slides summarizing the background, methods, results and conclusions in no more than 5 minutes. This will help you practice your message.



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