A poster gives you the opportunity to present your research visually. Poster presentations provide an opportunity for interchange of ideas between the presenter and audience interested in his/her research. When presenting your research in a poster, use the poster as a means to catch people’s attention, generate interest and start discussions.
Presenting your Content
The poster should be designed in a way that the research can be understood without an oral explanation as a poster may also be viewed when the author is not present. All materials should be legible from a distance.
It takes a person 3 seconds to decide whether to approach your poster or leave. Your poster needs to be able to attract the attention of distracted researchers walking through a crowded, noisy area.
What key questions to address?
- What do you want the viewer to remember? Do important points stand out? The key to a good poster is clarity and simplicity. Do not overload the poster.
- Is there a balance between words/illustrations? Use figures, tables, graphs and photographs when appropriate; keep text brief.
- Is the pathway through the poster clear? Make it obvious to the viewer how to progressively view the poster. Numbering the individuals panels, or connecting them with arrows helps to guide the viewer through your poster.
- Is the poster understandable without oral explanation? You may not always be there when people come to look at it.
What points to include on my poster?
- short title/ question
- your name/ affiliation and how to contact you
- an introduction to your research question,
- an overview of your approach,
- your results (in graphical form),
- discussion/ questions related to your results a listing of relevant articles that are important to your research, and some brief acknowledgement collaborators, assistance, and financial support