Presenting Posters

7 07 2009
very interesting idea

very interesting idea

 The principles of poster design are simple.

 1. Keep it short and to the point.

2. Make it visual rather than too much text.

3. Aim to give people a taste of the subject.

4. Provide a contact address for those interested.

A classic research poster generally has the following sections: Introduction, Literature Review, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion. Also, you will want to include sections for brief acknowledgments and a works cited section.

(Quote from Miller and Trainor on AAAnet – which is a very good article about poster presentation and design)

Elements of a research poster: (Thanks to Professor Richard Black for contributing this section) 

A research poster can take a variety of forms. However, the main idea is always to convey visually the essence of research that is being conducted, or has been concluded. It should be written in ‘layman’s language’ as far as possible – so it can be read and understood by someone who is not a specialist in the area.

As a guide, it might include some or all of the following:

A title (obviously!)

Up to 5 text boxes, each of 100 words, focusing on things such as:

• the key aims of the research

• a short description of methodology

• an explanation of any key concepts

• background description of the research area or existing knowledge

• key findings

• who is interested in the research (or might be interested)

Up to 5 photographs, 1 or more maps, 1 or more graphs

A text box listing who has conducted the research, and their affiliation(s)

A text box acknowledging any sources of funding

Other references:

Maltby, H. J., and M. Serrell. 1998 The Art of Poster Presentation. Collegian (Royal College of Nursing, Australia) 5(2):36-37.

Moneyham, L., D. Ura, S. Ellwood, and B. Bruno, 1996 The Poster Presentation as an Educational Tool. Nurse Educator 21(4):45-47.

Taggart, H., and C. Arslanian. 2000. Creating an Effective Poster Presentation. Orthopaedic Nursing. 19(3):47-52.

Richison, G. 1998. Poster Presentations.

Radel, J. 1999. Designing Effective Posters.

Block, S. 1996. Do’s and Don’ts of Poster Presentations.

Miller, L. et al. 2002. Expanded Guidelines for Giving a Poster Presentation.

Flikr Poster sessions group

Download poster templates from this site 




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11 12 2009
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