Poster presentation guidance
(Thanks to Cochrane from where we have adapted the guidance below).
- The Symposium discussions will focus on using qualitative evidence to inform decisions in the SDG era. In preparing your presentation, please ensure that you cover the following issues:
- How the study, tool or process described relates to decision making for the SDGs
- How the qualitative evidence described fed into a decision process or how the tool/s or process that you described support the use of qualitative evidence in decision making
[Where relevant ] The impacts of the qualitative evidence or tool/s on the decision process
- You will receive instructions on where to hang your poster when you arrive.
- Please stand next to your poster during the coffee and lunch breaks so that other participants have an opportunity to discuss your findings with you
- The size of the poster should be A0 – 84.1cm (width) x 118.9cm (length) or 33.11 inches (width) x 46.81 inches (length).
- The posters must be displayed in PORTRAIT format (NOT landscape).
- Please do not exceed these dimensions. You will not be able to hang your poster if it does not fall within size limits.
Poster printing and transport
- Posters MUST be printed prior to the event. Please bring your poster with you (as a hard copy) to the Symposium.
- There will be NO printing facilities available at the Symposium venue.
- All text should be in English, Portuguese or Spanish
- Please ensure you create posters that are as professional and visually appealing as possible, and that you use a font size that can be read from 1.5m away from the poster.
- Please also check whether your organization provides poster templates and has any brand guidelines that should be followed.
Preparing for the Symposium
- Information on how to upload your poster to the Symposium online platform will be sent to you later
Mounting and dismounting
- As the presenter, you are responsible for hanging and removing your posters during the Symposium.
- Posters should be attached to the poster boards with double sided tape or prestick only, which will be provided to you at the venue.
- Poster that are not collected by the end of the final day of the Symposium will be discarded.
Flyers and hand-outs
- Please bring A4 copies of your poster with you to share with interested delegates.
- We will not provide envelopes or sticky tape to hang up your A4 copies – please bring these with you.
Questions to ask yourself before finalizing your poster
|Is this poster understandable to your colleagues without any verbal comment?|
|Does this poster provide a clear flow of information from introduction to conclusion?|
|Is the flow of information clear from the layout?|
|Does this poster focus on major findings (few key messages)?|
|A common fault is to try to cover too much in a poster. Does this poster lead you quickly to the point?|
Other aspects you may like to think about (content, word count, idea flow, figure clarity, font size, spelling, etc):
|Are the title and author’s name of this poster prominent and eye-catching?|
|Do visuals used in this poster help you to understand the main messages this poster wants to deliver?|
|Are the visuals clear?|
|Are the key messages highlighted? (e.g., use boxes to isolate and emphasise specific points)|
|Are the key messages organized in form of short, simple and separate statements (e.g., bullet points)?|
|Does the poster use a clear font with large inner space (i.e. the space inside the loops of letters such as ‘o’, ‘d’, ‘p’)? Good examples are Arial, Verdana, Georgia or Helvetica.|
|Does this poster keep the word count as low as possible?|
|Is the text in the body of the poster big enough to be read from 1.8-3 meters away?|
|Is there anything that you would change in order for this poster to look different from other posters?|
Acknowledgements and useful references:
Erren T.C., Bourne P.E. (2007) Ten Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentation. PLoS Comput Biol 3(5): e102. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.0030102
Mandoli, D. F.(1998): How to Make a Great Poster http://aspb.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/how-to-make-a-great-poster.pdf
Purrington, C.: Designing conference posters https://colinpurrington.com/tips/designing-conference-posters-2/
Rimon N., Elbaz Y., & Schuldiner, M.: How to create a good poster. https://www.weizmann.ac.il/FORTE/system/files/tips_for_making_posters_-_ngysh_0.pdf