Poster Tip Page

Poster Video

Thinking about presenting a poster at this year’s conference? Listen to what other poster presenters had to say about it in this short video.

Printed Materials Checklist

There will be between 150-200 people at the reception and about half may request a handout. Your poster and any handouts should include…

  • The title of the presentation
  • A list all those involved in creating the study/program, and
  • Graphics (graphs, charts, illustrations, and/or photos) to help get your point across.

Design your poster to highlight the major points of your topic and stimulate feedback. Present enough information but avoid overcrowding. Remember, you will be able to explain your findings when you speak with conference attendees, so you don’t need to have everything on your poster, just enough to give viewers a good grasp of your project. Arrange your information in 3-5 columns. Use lines, frames, contrasting colors, or arrows to call attention to important points.


Consider various options for presenting the important points of your research:

  • Use graphs to clarify and emphasize the key relationships between figures. Graphs should be precise, clearly labeled, and placed near the companion text.
  • Select the type of chart that best illustrates your point. For example, pie charts compare relative parts that make up a whole, and line charts are better for depicting trends over time.
  • If using tables, make sure columns are not too narrow, too numerous, or too long. Use tables only when simpler visuals like graphs or charts won’t suffice.

You can also use images to entice viewers. You can find copyright-free images on websites such as:

  • Flickr Creative Commons
  • Flickr: The Commons
  • Google Advanced Image Search: select “labeled for reuse” under usage rights
  • Wikimedia Commons

The most important things to remember when working on the text of your poster are:

  • Select a clean and simple font and use it consistently throughout the poster.
  • Don’t use all caps, especially in the body of your presentation.
  • Make lettering large enough to read from at least 3 feet away (20 to 24 point type size).

Use color to attract interest and to emphasize similarities and differences. Emphasis may be lost if more than 4 colors are used.


You may purchase a portfolio case or protective tube to keep your poster safe and clean. You can also ship your poster straight to the hotel. For information on shipping your poster to the hotel, please contact Diana at


An easel and a white foam poster board (60” by 40”) will be provided for you to display your poster, but you will need to print your own poster. We suggest that you print your poster on paper or lightweight poster board that can be easily attached to the poster board.

Please bring your own supplies to attach your poster to the poster board. You may use push pins, binder clips, or Velcro to secure your poster to the poster board. We strongly recommend using Velcro for easy set-up and removal.

You must mount your poster to the supplied poster board on Thursday between 4:45 pm and 6:00 pm. Posters will remain up for display on Friday and will be available for retrieval at the close of the conference. Materials that are not retrieved will be discarded.


Rehearse your presentation and memorize points you want to emphasize during the poster session. Keep your presentation short (1-2 minutes) and allow for questions. Know where various points of emphasis are located on your poster so you can refer to them as you talk with viewers without turning your back or blocking their view.

This is an informal session as part of the Opening Night Reception. Generally, you will have small clusters of up to 4 or 5 people at a time, who are circulating from poster to poster. To enable conference participants to contact you, we suggest you bring your business cards or write a telephone number where you can be reached.

If you have any questions prior to the conference, contact Michael Villaire at 562-690-4001, ext. 202, or He will also be at the conference to answer any questions.