Parts of a Poster:
1. Banner: Title, authors, institution,
& poster #.
- Think BIG!
Really Big! Differentiate each item by
making some items bold or italic.
- The title should be catching and something a general audience will understand.
- Make the title as big
as possible and not too long. The title should be readable from a distance of
5-7 meters. Use smaller fonts for the rest.
- Include the first names of
- Keep the information regarding the institute and departments to a
- Adding an abstract is not necessary.
- State what is known, what
is not known, the question you are asking, and why it is relevant.
- Use point form. Not more
than 4 or 5 points. This is not an easy
- Outline the bare minimum
that the audience needs to know to understand what you did.
- Use a figure to illustrate
the most important/unique/difficult aspect of your technique.
||Self-explanatory graphics should dominate the
Each figure should have 3 sections containing
- 1. A Title: A short question or
declarative statement. The question asks what the figure
shows. The declarative statement states it. Do not use long figure legends
that are common in papers!
- 2. The Figure
itself: Highlight the most
important parts by using thicker lines or color. Keep things like axes, tick marks etc.
unobtrusive. The key elements of the figure should be clearly labeled.
- 3. Key Points: 3 or 4 statements
explaining what the data in the figure means. Use point form. This is like a figure legend in a
paper, but should have much less detail.
- For example the title could ask "Is poverty related to the level
- The figure plots one measure against the other.
- The points could state that: "1. Poverty is/is not inversely
correlated to literacy. 2. Some statistics showing how good/poor the correlation is. 3.
The implications of this.".
- Use three or four short key word phrases to summarize your conclusions
and their implications.
- A summary figure is often
Copyright © 1995
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
University of Western Ontario
London Ontario Canada
Created 28 Sept 1995
10 January 2007