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Scientific Poster Design
Scientific Poster Design 40
How to keep your poster
from resembling an
A poster can be better
than giving a talk
More efficient because:
• you totally bomb at giving talks
• can be viewed while you nap
• can hang in the department for years
• can reach folks not in your field of research
Posters serve as…
An advertisement of your hard work
Kool, wow, check
this out, you must
Its just an illustrated abstract
Is my abstract effective?
• Why should anyone care?
• What am I adding to current knowledge?
• Do I need to explain methods?
• Have I told them what I found and recommend?
A portrait of a "
&%, I have 12 hours to throw this thing
together and get it printed before its due. How do I get months and years of
research onto my poster?
• Your poster is a short story
• Describe a few major points
• Arouse the readers inter est to read on
• Limit it to 250 words
Recite after me ,
Less is best Simplify your paper into
Find out the size required
Remember, most of these scientists
come for the free booze Start putting "
together your "
2 main elements
1) Simple, effective data
Keep it simple
but effective 2) Small blocks "
of supporting text
The need for
chairs in front
of your poster
will not go
over well Your copy should answer…
What do I
What am I
I could actually read this .;i Cornell Center for Materials Research - Pick a software program
Although youll probably gravitate towards PowerPoint,
consider a true design program.