Tips for posters
1. Posters should be no larger than 84.1 cm. x 118.9 cm. (or 33.1 in. x 46.8 in.)
2. Strive to create an attractive, clear, and informative poster. To quote Edward Tufte, an expert on displaying visual information, “Good form should be subtle, not a spectacle.” Your poster has to capture the attention of viewers in about 5 seconds, as they walk by the poster. Then, if they stop to “browse”, there is a critical time of about 15 to 30 more seconds to sufficiently peak their interest enough to stop to talk with you in more depth about your research.
3. The poster title should be informative and attract the viewer’s attention. Short titles are typically better than long titles. Use bold, upper-case letters.
4. Posters should contain a title, an abstract, a background section, a brief description of goals and methods, a clear presentation of results (graphically or in easy-to-read tables), and highlighted findings and conclusions (bullets are fine).
5. Text and figures should be visible from a distance of 3 to 5 feet. Use 24 pt. fonts or larger. Proportionally spaced sans serif fonts like Ariel, Helvetica, Univers, and Avant Garde are usually easier to read than ornamental fonts.
6. Create a mock-up of your poster before finalizing it. Use a ratio of width-to-length that is roughly proportional to the final size of your poster. Sketch in the approximate location and size of each of the text and graphic sections. In short, plan the layout, before starting on the final product.
7. Statistically oriented graphics should provide easy-to-read axes and legends. Avoid the use of low contrast colors (e.g., yellow on a white background). Be consistent in your use of symbols, line styles, and colors. Realize that graphics can be quite complex insofar as portraying complicated, multi-faceted information—even requiring brief explanation by the poster presenter. However, the graphic should ultimately provide a clear message as to effects, trends, or other meaningful patterns in the data.
8. Tables should use sorting techniques (e.g., sorting by means or effect sizes) and highlighting to emphasize key information. The font size for all posters should be at least 24 pt.
We are grateful to Richard Luecht from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA, for allowing the ITC to edit and to use his helpful tips for preparing posters.
Important Dates and Deadlines
July 3-5, 2012
July 2, 2012 (Pre-Conference Workshops)
Submissions are now closed since 20 January 2012
Early bird registration has been closed on 15 April 2012
Second announcement of conference: