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Tips for Effective Poster Presentations

At some point in your research career, you may have to do a poster presentation. Posters are used in the academic community as a way of introducing research to a wider variety of audience members, and most conferences incorporate poster presentations into programming. Most posters are a combination of text, graphs, tables, and pictures. Generally at presentations, researchers will stand alongside their poster, and as visitors come by will explain their research. Effective posters will address several components of your research including your hypothesis and the most important results, as well as next steps moving forward. So, now that you know what poster presentations consist of, what makes a good poster and presentation? We have some tips for you!

Tips for an Effective Poster

  • Titles should be short and catchy!
  • Be sure to include why the work matters, the results, as well as conclusions and recommendations.
  • Information should be organized, focused, and flow smoothly.
  • Use bullets, numbers, and headlines to make content easy to read.
  • Do not use too much text and be concise.
  • Be sure that if you are using colored poster board, the text is still easy to read.
  • All figures, graphs, photos, and other visual content should be easy to see, not blurred, as well as labeled.

Tips for an Effective Presentation

  • Practice your presentation in advance, and dress professionally the day of the presentation.
  • Give a brief overview of your research, and talk about why you were initially interested in your topic.
  • Use the graphics on your poster to illustrate your findings and conclusions.
  • Remember that not all audience members are knowledgeable of your field, so communicate your research in a way that others can understand.
  • Be friendly and willing to answer questions other may have, and thank them for stopping by your poster.