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1 Poster Presentation for the Sciences
by Christopher Teh Boon Sung, Ph.D. Fac. of Agriculture, UPM Tel:

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3 What is a scientific poster?
Highlights key results and findings at a scientific conference or seminar concise and direct presentation of information Not a reproduction of your research paper or thesis! Should be understandable just by reading your poster and without needing you or anyone else to explain



6 Benefits of poster presentation:
allow one-to-one interaction with people regarding your work people can have more time to go through your work than during an oral presentation

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8 Who are your audience? Conference venue usually crowded and noisy
People can be distracted many other posters there too

9 Your poster should immediately attract your audience to approach closer and read about your work
You have 30 seconds to attract readers! Strategies: Use a statement, photograph, or diagram as a focal point Provide a clear flow of information from introduction to conclusion Focus on key/selected major findings – not everything you did during your research! Text should be concise that can be completely read within 10 minutes



12 Organize your information
Title of poster Author(s) and affiliations especially the contact/corresponding person , telephone number Introduction Research problem Justification of work Research questions Objectives Hypothesis (expected results)

13 Materials and methods brief description of procedures and analyses experimental design / field layout sampling location and frequency sample size what was collected/measured/observed Results and discussion Analysis Findings Explain the results (i.e., give reasons for observed results)

14 Conclusion not a summary of work answering your objectives References Acknowledgements research grant individuals who helped you

15 Preparing your poster Determine the maximum poster size
The conference organizers will inform you and provide basic guidelines for poster presentation Unfortunately, in conferences/seminars, posters can only be pinned on the board if the posters are in portrait mode sometimes this information is not told to presenters



18 Preparing your poster Use software applications like PowerPoint to prepare poster Change the page size to the desired size Use Zoom feature to work on your poster Where are you going to print the poster? Find out what is the maximum size the printer can handle

19 Check if the printer in your department can print the desired poster size

20 Title Pick a good title concise and accurate title
Most prominent feature titles will often make people decide if to read the poster Avoid use of ALL CAPS in titles

21 Layout Landscape Divide into 2 or more columns (not necessary to have equal widths) Portrait May also be divided into 2 or more columns Have clear discernable sections or blocks of text Easy, clear, and smooth flow or orientation of text Easy to read Use blank spaces for clear demarcations Do not crowd/cram the text and pictures

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31 Colour Choose colour combinations that make reading and understanding your work easy Avoid “giddy” colours or combination of colours that make text “disappear” in the background colour


33 Background Use cool, muted colours as background
Avoid bright and warm colours Colours can be solid shaded/gradient You can have pictures as the background But can be risky as they tend to obscure text

34 What do you think of this poster?

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38 Figures, diagrams, and photos
All figures must have captions Figures, in particular photographs, must be 300 DPI (dots-per-inch) For charts, use Excel and a free add-in called XL toolbox to export hi-res charts

39 Scale photos to at least 300 DPI

40 XL Toolbox to create publication-ready charts



43 Figures, diagrams, and photos
Resize pictures using correct proportions (i.e., maintain same aspect ratio) Lost weight or grown taller ?

44 Lettering Title - >72 pt, BOLD Section headings - >48 pt, BOLD
Body text – at least 24 pt NO CAPS! ARE YOU ANGRY WITH YOUR RESEARCH? Use conservative fonts not exotic or cursive fonts which can make reading hard

45 Looks nice, but no!

46 Use bulleted lists where possible instead of paragraphs
Use italics instead of underlining Use dark or black coloured lettering on light background is easier to read when printed than light or white lettering on dark background

47 Finishing touches Proofread
check for mistakes in speling, gram;marand ForMatting Glossy or matte paper? Glossy Photos appear clearer Colours more vibrant More durable Expensive, glaring Matte No glare, less expensive Colours less vibrant (more “flat”)

48 Good sources of information
Effective poster design for academic conferences by Mary Lee Eggart Tips on poster presentations at professional conference by Scott W. Plunkett Ten simple rules for a good poster presentation by Thomas C Erren and Philip E Bourne

49 Thank you

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