Poster Guidelines for Presenters
Authors are requested to be available for questions of your poster during the scheduled poster sessions. Poster presentations will be given on either Monday, Tuesday or Thursday; you will be informed on the day of your presentation in July. Please check your poster number in the program closer to the conference.
A freestanding compatible poster board will be provided for your poster. Your poster number will appear on the top right hand side of the board so you can locate your board easily.
Poster printing in Montreal is available next to the conference center from MP Repro (http://www.mprepro.com/en/), in the direction of Place des Arts. They offer a special ISME16 price if posters are ordered on their website before August 15. Prices are per square foot, your A0 poster is 10.76 square foot. For guidelines see this document.
Last-minute rush service in case you lost your poster is also available within their opening times Mon-Fri 8am-5:30pm.
In order to efficiently communicate the results of your research to the viewers, we recommend spending considerable effort in the design of your poster. Please view the useful tips below.
- Poster size should be A0 portrait oriented (width: 84.1cm / 33.1 inch, Length:118.9cm / 46.8 inch). Do not exceed these dimensions. Providing A4 takeaway versions of your poster is also encouraged
- Apply the KISS principle: ‘Keep it Short and Simple’. Avoid putting too much text and figures on the poster.
- Your poster is a visual aid to present your work. It should contain max. 350 words, preferably less. Visual elements such as graphs, diagrams, figures should dominate.
- Use a light colour background and dark colour letters for contrast. Use 2-3 colours and avoid overly bright colours.
- Your poster should help you convey your message. Prepare a poster presentation of 3 minutes in which you tell your audience your objective, hypothesis, methods, results and conclusions. Be prepared to provide more information to those who ask specific questions.
Font size & type
- The poster must be easily readable from 2 m distance.
- The title should be at least 100 pt, font size the text on the poster at least 36 pt.
- Don’t mix fonts, choose one font for all text blocs in the entire poster. You may wish to use a second font for title + headings and figures and tables.
- Use text sparingly. Your poster is not a paper, and there is little time for visitors to read. Let the graphics do the speaking.
- Use columns of max. 70 characters (including spaces) width. Avoid large blocks with text and long sentences (<10 sentences per block; <50 words per block).
- If possible use bulleted statements rather than blocks of text.
- Avoid abbreviations. When abbreviations or codes are necessary, keep them as simple as possible.
- Choose the line spacing such that the use of sub- and superscripts will not affect the layout of text blocks.
- The introduction should contain 3 to 5 sentences outlining essential information necessary to understand the study and why it was done.
- The objectives of the study, the research questions or the hypothesis should be clearly stated in as few words as possible.
- Outline your methods briefly, as short and general as possible.
- Results should be presented preferably as graphs. They should be self-explanatory and therefore please provide a clear legend including symbols. You may also want to provide an interpretation of the results below each panel.
- The discussion and conclusions should be succinctly stated on large type font. Many viewers read the conclusions first, and many viewers read your conclusions only. Hence the main conclusions should be easy to locate and easy to understand.
- Indicate in the conclusions:
- Do your findings confirm your hypothesis?
- the novelty your findings.
- their relevance beyond your study.
Figures and Graphs
Figures are highly preferred above Tables.
- Graphs or tables should be self-explanatory and therefore please provide a clear legend including symbols. Put legends above a table and below a figure.
- Keep legends short (10-25 words).
- Properly label the x- and y-axis of graphs, include units.
- Keep graphs as simple as possible.
- Include the results of statistical analyses (significance levels) in the graphs by using discriminating letter codes (a, ab, b) or asterisks (*, **, ***).
- Do not use Tables that contain more than 20 items. Complex data should not be included in your poster but may be provided in a separate information sheet.
- Do not give more decimals than necessary to show meaningful variation.
References and further reading
- Gosling PJ 1999 Scientist’s Guide to Poster Presentations. Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York, USA.
- Malmfors B, Garnsworthy P and Grossman M 2000 Writing and Presenting Scientific Papers. Nottingham University Press, Nottingham, UK.
- San Francisco Edit 2013 Developing an Effective Poster Presentation. http://www.sfedit.net/poster.pdf (visited: 17-05-2016)