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1 Poster Presentations: Planning the Content Professor Brian Ford-Lloyd University Graduate School What is a poster for?

2 Some posters give you a lot of information

3 Some posters give you some information, but maybe only to those who are already in the know

4 Other posters have a big take-home message

5 While others don’t seem to tell you anything – maybe just purely decorative?

6 Outline In this session we will cover:  PowerPoint as a medium for poster presentations  Content of your poster  Presentation of your poster  How poster sessions operate  Designing the outline of your poster

7 Some (of many) useful web sites http://colinpurrington.com/tips/academic/posterdesign http://www.cns.cornell.edu/documents/ScientificPosters.pdf http://people.eku.edu/ritchisong/posterpres.html http://www.makesigns.com/tutorials/poster-design- layout.aspx

8 Poster design in PowerPoint  Posters are designed as a single slide  Go into File- Page Setup  Set size as 594mm x 841mm (A1) or 841mm x 1189mm (A0)  Consider the orientation  Consider the layout, design and colour scheme  You might use a picture relevant to your work as a background

9 Poster design in PowerPoint  Text can be typed directly in or cut and paste from existing documents  Import charts/tables/diagrams  Print the poster out at A4: the text should still be readable at this size –Some possible font sizes?

10  Powerpoint  Single slide - go into slide setup and set size and orientation  Think about overall designColour scheme  Background - can use images relevant to work  Text can be developed in MS Word and then pasted into the poster as a text box  Figures and Tables can be done in the same way  Font size should allow printed version as A4 sheet to still be readable

11 Colour?

12 http://www.vischeck.com/visc heck/vischeckImage.php When choosing colours for your poster, using 2-3 colours will give the best look. Too many colours make it look chaotic and unprofessional, but having no colour makes it boring and plain. But what about colour vision impairment – try Vischeck?

13 Title: 80 pt Authors: 54 pt Subheadings: 36 pt Body text: 24 pt Captions: 18pt Title: 80 pt Authors: 54 pt Subheadings: 36 pt Body text: 24 pt Captions: 18pt Font size?

14 Poster design  Eye-catching - good use of colour  Easy to read at a distance of 1 to 2 m  Minimise text, maximise meaningful graphics  Use logical/clear sequence

15 Poster content - General  Focused topic - decide on the take home message (conclusions)  Design the poster round the take home message  Choose data that are needed to make the desired points conclusively  Decide which methods are key to understanding the data  Select the background information that is essential to: –Understand the system –Understand the question that is being asked

16 Poster content  Above all else, know your audience  Don’t baffle your audience thinking you are showing how clever you are  Is your audience –The general public? –Intelligent academics from across the University? –Specialists who work specifically in your area?  Being able to tell the general public about your research and therefore why you are doing it is important to achieve impact

17 Poster Content - Introduction and References  Use bullet points  Separate each bullet point with space  Cut down factual content to minimum  Illustrate the subject with a picture if possible  Provide key references

18 Poster content - Methods  Methods should be presented in cartoon version rather than text if possible

19 Poster content - Results  Decide how the data can be presented most clearly - with greatest visual clarity  tables, figures, photographs  Aim for the Table or Figure to be understandable with a minimum of explanation - annotate a picture or graph with simple labels - do not overload a figure legend.  Avoid duplication between graphics and text  Organise results by subheadings or subsections related to a question or conclusion

20 Presenting your poster in the conference session  Look friendly  Have your photo on your poster  Introduce yourself to anyone who looks interested  Be prepared with additional information and answers to background information  Provide A4 sheet copy of your poster

21 Questions? Then two activities: - Sketch out your own poster - Judge other posters

22 Brainstorm about your poster  Take home message  Data/facts/interpretation to support take home message  Method(s) to generate data/facts  Background information/introduction  Title  Images  Make a cartoon version of your poster

23 Share your ideas  Is the message clear?  Do you understand the technical terms?  Can you see why the work was done?  Does the idea interest you?  Does the conclusion seem to represent progress?  Do the proposed graphics help?

24 Are you planning to enter the next GS Annual Poster Conference?  Do you want to win prizes and go on to national poster conference events?  Check out what you think is good and bad about previous posters

25 Examples of Posters

26 Look at some posters from previous Graduate School Poster Conferences  http://www.flickr.com/photos/70731382@N 04/sets/72157628148020865/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/70731382@N 04/sets/72157628148020865/  http://www.flickr.com/photos/70731382@N 04/sets/72157630343425552/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/70731382@N 04/sets/72157630343425552/

27 Judge posters from a previous GS annual poster conference  Judge on content –Best and worst  Judge on presentation –Best and worst

28 Judging criteria used at last UGS Poster Conference  This is an example of a judging criteria  Look at the different aspects of the grid  Style/content/presenter


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