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Standing Out in the Poster Session
Displaying Research Using Posters
CE 302
Professional Practice & Communication Sessional
Dr. Tanvir Manzur
Sanjana Hossain
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Prepared by
Mahbuboor Rahman
Choudhury, PhD
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Topics
• Poster Critique
• Content
• Graphic Design
• Examples
• Presenting Posters
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Characteristics of “Bad” Posters
• Unclear topic
– Too many topics, key point is unclear
– Too much information
• Poor layout/ design
– Unclear flow, sequence
– Too many typefaces
– Not enough whitespace
– Blocks of text with small typeface
– Figures, illustrations, charts too small
– Distracting color scheme
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Guidelines for Presenting Technical Work
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Posters
-Day, Robert A. and Barbara Gastel, 2006 How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. Greenwood Press.
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• Start with session/ poster requirements
– Topic and content
– Portrait vs. landscape
– Size
– Poster number
• Focused topic and message
– Abstract
– Describe and illustrate the major point of work
– Present highlights
– Don’t try to present too much
• Final poster should be self-explanatory
• Visual impact is critical
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Content
• Title
• Author(s) / Affiliations(s)
• Introduction – concise description of problem
• Background – only if needed
• Methods/ approach – usually brief
• Results – usually largest section
• Discussion/ conclusions
• Acknowledgements
• Literature citations – usually very few
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-Day, Robert A. and Barbara Gastel, 2006 How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. Greenwood Press.
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Graphic Design
• Text
– Use short, bulleted statements
– People will not read along paragraphs
– No more than two typeface styles
• Sections
– Use headings
– Logical flow for language
• Place information where people expect to find it
• English
• Figures
– Variety
• White Space
– Cluttered posters are distracting
• Color
– Eye Catching, but not garish
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Don’t forget the details
• Verify poster meets requirements
– Size, orientation, poster number
• Cite sources of information
• Acknowledge funding sources/ significant assistance
• Proofread for typos and mistakes
– Spelling
– Grammer & punctuation
– Figure labels
• Print early!!
– Check colors, text size, symbols & equations, figures & charts
• Prepare handouts with details
• Don’t ship your poster in checked baggage
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Print early to verify …
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Presenting Posters
• Practice
– How to explain main points
– Anticipate questions and imagine answering
• Project confidence
– Self-assured, relaxed posture
– Make eye-contact; don’t look at the floor
– Don’t hide behind poster
• Handouts
– Poster or document with more details, contact information
– Related published papers
• Impress and network
– Answer questions thoughtfully and respectfully
– Turn off your phone
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Summary
• Clear topic and main point
• Visual impact is critical
• Proofread before printing
• Print early, review
• Present poster with confidence
– Practice!
– Answer questions thoughtfully, respectfully
• Consider handouts with contact information
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