Information for Poster Presenters

There will be 2 poster sessions - odd numbered posters will be presenting during session I and even numbered posters will be presenting during session II. While you're welcome to stand near your poster for both sessions, you'll be assigned to either the morning or afternoon session. (your session will be posted on the DUCURS website: /ducurs/presentations/poster.php by approximately one week before the conference). 

Format for poster presentations:

  • The surface area for your poster should range from a minimum of 36” high by 42” wide to a maximum of 42” high by 48” wide. Prepare a large headline strip that runs the full width of the poster. Include the title, authors, and affiliations on the strip in letters not less than 1" high.
  • Posters should be readable by viewers five feet away. The message should be clear and understandable without oral explanation. 

Below are suggested guidelines for the organization of your poster presentation:

  1. Initial Sketch and Rough Layout: Plan your poster early. Focus your attention on a few key points. Try various styles of data presentation to achieve clarity and simplicity. Does the use of color help? What needs to be expressed in words? Suggest headlines and text topics. Print the title and headlines. Indicate text by horizontal lines. Draw rough graphs and tables. This will give you a good idea of proportions and balance. Ask associates for comments. This is still an experimental stage.
  2. Final Layout: The artwork is complete. The text and tables are typed, but not necessarily enlarged to full size. Now ask, is the message clear? Do the important points stand out? Is there a balance between words and illustrations? Is there spatial balance? Is the pathway through the poster clear? 
  3. Balance and Topography: The figures and tables should cover slightly more than 50% of the poster area. If you have only a few illustrations, make them large. Do not omit the text, but keep it brief. Avoid abbreviations, acronyms, and jargon. Use a consistent font throughout. The poster should be understandable without oral explanation.
  4. Eye Movement: The movement (pathway) of the eye over the poster should be natural, down the columns or along the rows. Size attracts attention. Arrows, pointing hands, numbers, and letters can help clarify the sequence.
  5. Simplicity: Resist the temptation to overload the poster. More material may mean less communication.
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