Tips and tricks for making a poster presentation

As The COINS 2019 is coming at a really fast pace, we would like to encourage you to take part in the conference as a poster presenter. Making a poster on your last or most appealing research brings only benefits – you will be able to discuss your work with the professionals of the field as well as gather some new ideas while taking a look at the posters of your colleagues – other students.

The urge to make a poster might not come instantly, especially if you have not done that before. That is why we would like to share some tips and tricks of making an aesthetic, appealing poster that would truly help you best while explaining the hard work you have done during your research.

The content

Think of the 5 crucial parts of any poster:

  • Heading (title, authors, institution);
  • Introduction (set the context, stress the novelty and importance of your research, state the main aims of your research);
  • Results (including graphics and tables alongside with short descriptions)
  • Conclusions;
  • References, information about research financing (if needed).

A poster is a visual representation of your research. Its main function is to summarize both your project and its results. Because of that, be sure to fill your poster with visual information: graphs, tables, photographs, pictures and try to use as little text as possible. However, do not forget to briefly describe the visuals and write a short summary of the results and conclusions.

You ought to omit all the unneeded words from your poster – try to express the main idea strictly. You can use colors as well as bold or italic fonts to stress the most significant parts, however, try not to overuse them. It is also recommended to fill the poster with only 2–3 main colours and use only high quality pictures that would explain the background of your research, show your results and support the conclusions.

The form

The default size of any poster is A0 (841 x 1189 mm or 33.11 x 46.81 inches) – you can use it for The COINS 2019, too.

The font size should be large enough so that the text would be clearly visible from the distance of two meters. Avoid using wide fonts and choose no more than two different sizes of it for the whole poster (excluding title and authors – they should be written in larger font).

Graphs and tables should be prepared neatly and, if possible, graphs should be used more often or instead of tables. In your graphs there ought to be a maximum of 4 to 5 points on the axes and the marking of the axes has to be unified. Check if the legend does not mix up with the results of your research.

Preparing for the presentation

Of course, the poster itself is not enough – as we have mentioned before, it is just a tool for explaining your research in a more clear way. While preparing for the poster session, think of a short introductory speech which would point out the importance, main results and conclusions of your research. You might use it to briefly explain your project to everyone who comes to take a closer look at your poster.

The details should be left for those who ask additional questions, but it is best to try and predict the inquiries before the presentation. If you had presented your research somewhere else before, remember all the questions you got from the audience and how to answer them.

Making a poster and presenting your research is undoubtedly a praiseworthy thing. Besides creating an impact on your career, it also strengthens the sense of self-confidence, improves your creativity, designing and public speaking skills. Do not miss the change and sign up as a poster presenter during The COINS 2019. The session will be held on the last day of the conference – the 28th February!