Click here to download these guidelines as a PDF document. <2004_AM_posterguidelines.pdf 258kb>
Poster formats are identical to those used at last year's annual meeting held in Palm Springs, with the following exceptions:
Each poster will be allocated a 32" wide X 48" tall area on a posterboard. Please ensure that your poster will fit in that space. We recommend using the same poster dimensions as in past years: 30" wide X 40" high. Using those dimensions as a guideline, posters should be organized as follows:
The first 8” across the top of the poster should include (1) the Project Title, (2) Thrust Area or Lifelines Topic Area that the project is associated with, (3) Principal Investigator(s), (4) Student Investigator(s), (5) Host Institution. The bottom 4” of the poster board is where the footer graphic (available via download below) should be inserted, so your effective working area excluding the 8” at the top and 4” at the bottom is 30”X28”. See the image below for a graphical depiction.
Guidelines on developing effective posters can be found at various online sources. An interesting quote from an online resource: "It takes intelligence, even brilliance, to condense and focus information into a clear, simple presentation that will be read and remembered. Ignorance and arrogance are shown in a crowded, complicated, hard-to-read poster."
The main body of the poster should include at least an Introduction and Conclusions. Possible sections between the Introduction and Conclusions include Background, Methods, Results, etc. See http://courses.washington.edu/~hs590a/modules/19/ppposter.html for some ideas on different combinations of headings. Graphics are always preferred to lengthy text. On the other hand, some brief text, readable from a distance, can be useful to describe the graphics. See the figure below for an example of how a poster might be laid out. Of course, you are encouraged to create your own, well-organized, informative, attractive designs.
Pushpins, tape and velcro will be available at the meeting.
The poster footer is available in 3 formats: PDF, JPEG, and Photoshop. All 3 files are of the same graphic, so you need to only download one. The physical dimensions of these footers are all 40" (W) X 4" (H), but they can be downsized if your poster is narrower than 40". All are in high-resolution, and should print well once inserted into your poster.
(once image has loaded, right-click on your mouse and save the image to your hard drive)
If you have any trouble
with the poster footer graphic, please feel free to contact Parshaw
at the Outreach Office
by email (email@example.com) or telephone (510-231-9550). The graphic should look like the one below.