OSI 12 includes a poster session, where conference participants come to discuss the poster with you. The best two posters from PhD students will be awarded a poster prize.
A poster gives you the opportunity to present your research visually. Poster presentations provide an opportunity for interchange of ideas between the presenter and audience interested in his/her research. When presenting your research in a poster, use the poster as a means to catch people’s attention, generate interest and start discussions.
Presenting your Content
The poster should be designed in a way that the research can be understood without an oral explanation as a poster may also be viewed when the author is not present. All materials should be legible from a distance.
It takes a person 3 seconds to decide whether to approach your poster or leave. Your poster needs to be able to attract the attention of distracted researchers walking through a crowded, noisy area.
What key questions to address?
- What do you want the viewer to remember? Do important points stand out? The key to a good poster is clarity and simplicity. Do not overload the poster.
- Is there a balance between words/illustrations? Use figures, tables, graphs and photographs when appropriate; keep text brief.
- Is the pathway through the poster clear? Make it obvious to the viewer how to progressively view the poster. Numbering the individuals panels, or connecting them with arrows helps to guide the viewer through your poster.
- Is the poster understandable without oral explanation? You may not always be there when people come to look at it.
What points to include on my poster?
- short title/ question
- your name/ affiliation and how to contact you
- an introduction to your research question,
- an overview of your approach,
- your results (in graphical form),
- discussion/ questions related to your results a listing of relevant articles that are important to your research, and some brief acknowledgement collaborators, assistance, and financial support
Designing your Poster
- Presenter should prepare a A0 printed poster.
- Required Format: DIN A0 upright/portrait (width:: 841mm × height: 1189mm) / (width: 33.1inch × height: 46.8inch)
- The poster can either be made on one large paper or in several smaller sections. Do not use heavy cardboard as it may not stick to the poster boards.
- All text should be created using a text processing computer programme and printed with a laser or inkjet printer. Blocks of text should not exceed three paragraphs.
- Text has to be readable from 1.5 meters distance. Use a minimum font size of 18 points for you standard text. Lettering for the title should be large (at least 70-point font).
- A good overall word count is 800 words or less. Width of text boxes should be about 40 characters (11 words per line). Use of bullets and numbering lists makes the content easier to read.
- Make sure that all visuals are self-explanatory (i. e., graph axes are properly labelled, symbols are explained, etc.).
- If using graphics and illustrations, ensure that you have the necessary resolution and the necessary copyright
- Use colour sparingly to highlight and emphasise your points, do not overload your poster. Go for contrast to increase readability
- Mounting/ Dismounting: You can hang your poster from Monday morning on the poster board that contains your poster number. It can remain on the poster board during the whole conference.
- During the Session: Please be at your poster during the poster session to talk about your work and explain your poster. If you applied for the poster prize, a member of the jury will visit you during this period.
Help & Support: If you have any questions, please come to the registration desk and we will try to assist you in any way possible.