Parts of a Poster:

1. Banner: Title, authors, institution, & poster #.

2. Introduction:

3. Methods:

4. Data:

Self-explanatory graphics should dominate the poster.

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 of literacy?".
  • 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.".

5. Conclusions:

Copyright 1995
Tutis Vilis
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
University of Western Ontario
London Ontario Canada

Created 28 Sept 1995
Last updated 10 January 2007
Comments welcome: