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1 How to make a poster Hugh Possingham and Emily Nicholson The Ecology Centre

2 Overview 1.We are all equally insignificant 2.You are only as clever as you appear 3.The three levels of communication 4.Three ways to describe a model 5.Use simple plain English, no jargon, no acronyms, minimise symbols 6.Don’t clutter 7.Have a happy smiley face

3 We are all equally insignificant What do you remember from your last conference? What ideas? What person? Anything at all? Conferences are the academic equivalent of the Regatta on Saturday night – an intellectual meat market. What is a poster session all about?

4 You are only as clever as you appear If a mathematician solves a problem in the forest, and nobody is there to see the problem solved, was it really solved? All jobs involve doing something THEN TELLING SOMEONE WHAT YOU DID! “In my thesis I discovered … “ – for taxi driver, vice- chancellor, big wig with salary for a post-doc

5 The three levels of communication Attract the punters with something big and bold, sexy and simple (title, picture) A quick scan – 40 seconds should reveal the main one or two points. This main point could be separated off (like and abstract) or it could come from reading the paragraph headings. The three people in the planet that are interested need the detail – and how to contact you (use cards, handout).

6 Three ways to describe a model Words Pictures Equations Different people respond to different kinds of communication – preferably use all three (don’t expect people to remember symbols)

7 Plain English If someone does not understand one sentence or one acronym or one word, they will probably change channel Don’t include endless equations no-one will read You are presenting a summary: if they want more detail, they will ask If you cant say something simply – maybe you don’t understand it yourself?

8 Don’t clutter Overall the poster needs to be visually attractive Balance text with other forms of communication Ensure the easiest path for the eye follows the flow of the concepts. Less text is better, space is good Use colour sparingly for effect Idiot-grams are good Dot points are good Use large text (28+ point) to read at 1m distance

9 Use idiot-grams Reserve selection PVAOur approach Defined goal represent all species risk level for one species maximise persistence Multiple species  Optimise & compromise  Amount of habitat Spatial configurationgenericspecies specific Extinction risk 

10 Little touches Your photograph Your card A one-page A4 print-off of the poster to take away Happy smiley face – like attracts like Name, address, affiliations Use consistent fonts (sans serif, e.g. arial, century gothic)

11 Idiot-grams I would have made this bigger and bold


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