"Only the composition as a whole determines the goodor bad of a piece of graphic work."
Posters have become a major format for communicating at scientific meetings. Thesedisplays of research findings use visual and verbal information with illustrations, the writtentext, and spoken explanation by an author. The technique varies with different societies,but generally the poster will be on display for several hours, perhaps all day, and theauthors will be present during a part of that time to discuss the subject with viewers.Depending on the meeting, the number of posters displayed at one time may range froma dozen to several hundred. The audience is always a relatively small group of sincerelyinterested people. Presenting a poster is a good opportunity to build your reputation as aconfident, knowledgeable, articulate scientist if you exhibit an attractive, informativedisplay and maintain a professional demeanor as the author.The professional poster session now seems to be a progeny of communication that justnaturally evolved from other scientific presentations, but 20 years
go it was practicallyunheard of. Posters were introduced into scientific meetings in the United States in themid-1970s (Maugh, 1974). They rapidly became a way to display large numbers of research efforts and have been widely accepted as a viable complement for andalternative to slide presentations and symposia or workshops. The Tri-Societies(American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil ScienceSociety of America) first
ed the technique at their national meetings in 1977 when 50to 60 posters were presented. By 1990 that number had increased to 1215, almost 50% of the total presentations, and it has held at about 50% since then. Other societies havesimilarly increased the use of posters. Its rapid acceptance underlines the advantages of this format.