The ideal poster is:
Summarize your message in one sentence for the title.
Suggested font sizes
Sans Serif fonts are easier to read on a poster.
Use two or three colors, not more.
A lighter background with darker text is easier to read.
Balance the content with the white spaces.
Consider adding a qr code to your poster that links to your research paper or a copy of your poster.
Using PowerPoint to make a scientific poster is convenient - it’s a lot like using PowerPoint’s slide layouts.
Step 1: Read the requirements! Whether it is for a conference, poster session, or a class, it is likely there are some guidelines about poster size, format, or content. Abide by these guidelines over anything you see here.
Step 2: Make an outline. The most common sections of a scientific poster (generally in this order) are:
*The results and conclusions are the most important sections.
Step 3: Start assembling your poster.
Method 1: Use a PowerPoint template. Although they make for rather “cookie cutter” posters, they’ll save you a lot of time. Most posters are made this way.
Method 2: Start from scratch. Powerpoint is the easiest program to use. Set the slide size before you do anything else! The rest is easy, just like working on a regular ppt slide. Scroll below for some useful tips.
Step 4: Proofread! Have someone else proofread your poster. Then proofread yourself again. The more proofreaders you have, the better your poster will be.
Step 5: Save as PDF or PPT and schedule an appointment: Keep in mind that we are heavily booked before major conferences, so plan ahead!