I’ve had an interesting session on poster presentations and I’ve released that we have little information for how to format these or a basic outline for them in our resources.
Posters provide a way to give a clear and interesting summary of findings in a specific research area, usually produced to paper size A0
From doing a bit of research into this I have found that the key is to produce something:
- Visually appealing – yet professional. It needs to attract visitors in a non garish manner.
- Well organised – it should hold the audiences attention.
- Informative – it should be something memorable.
On an A0 poster you should aim for no more than 1000-1100 words as a rough guide. The whole thing should be readable within 10 minutes.
Producing a sequence of columns will aid the reader’s progression through the research:
- Introduction – typically the left-most column that should consist of brief background information and a specific hypothesis and research question.
- Method – the second progression within the columns, containing the significant detail only – graphics may be useful here.
- Results – these should lie in the middle, often being the largest section. Very important to visualize your data in figures and tables.
- Conclusions – Reminder of the hypotheses and determination as to whether the findings were consistent with this. Mention of any future directions.
You may wish to include:
- A crest or logo of the company/association the research is affiliated with
- A reference list
- Further contact details
In terms of style:
- The poster should be easy to read
- Sans serif font for large titles/figures
- Serif font for body of text and figure captions
- Stick to 2-3 colours and keep these consistent
- The colours must create contrast to aid clarity
I’ll put these details into a document and save it as a resource. I have no internet link or reference for this information as it is adapted from a resource I was provided with in my course.
I hope it proves useful for someone if this comes up in any sessions again.