Poster Presentation Guidelines

Posters will be on display the day of the allocated poster session. Please have your poster up by 9.00am on the day of your poster session and take it down by 4.00pm. Please hang your poster as early as possible so that delegates are able to view your poster prior to the poster session.

Poster Presentation

Poster presenters are required to stand by their poster in the Poster Hall during the viewing time so other attendees are able to ask questions.


Posters should be self-explanatory, so that you are free to supplement and discuss particular points raised by viewers. Remember that your material/illustrations will be viewed from distances of one metre or more. Lettering should be as large as possible and preferably in bold type.

SIMPLICITY is the key:

  • brief captions
  • tables that are few in number but clear
  • succinct text


  • Posters must not exceed the space of 1186 high x 900 wide (millimetres). 
  • Portrait orientation is required. Larger posters cannot be accommodated. 
  • Poster boards will be Velcro compatible.

1. INITIAL SKETCH. Focus your attention on a few key points. Try various styles of data presentation to achieve clarity and simplicity. Does the use of colour help? What needs to be expressed in words? 

2. ROUGH LAYOUT. Enlarge your best initial sketch, keeping the dimensions in proportion to the final poster. Ideally, the rough layout should be full size. Draw rough graphs and tables. This will give you an idea of proportions and balance. 

3. FINAL LAYOUT. The artwork is complete. The text and tables are typed but not necessarily enlarged to full size. Now ask - "Is the message clear? Do the important points stand out? Is there a balance between words and illustrations? Is the pathway through the poster clear?" 

4. BALANCE. The figures and tables ought to cover slightly more than 50% of the poster area. If you have only a few illustrations, make them large. Do not omit text, but keep it brief. The poster should be understandable without oral explanation. 

5. TYPOGRAPHY. Avoid abbreviations, acronyms and jargon. Use a consistent type-style throughout. Use large type, for example HELVETICA. A 22mm x 30mm sheet photo statically enlarged 50% makes text readable from 1.5 metres. 

6. MOVEMENT. The movement (pathway) of the eye over the poster ought to be natural (down columns and along rows). Size attracts attention. Arrows, hands, numbers and symbols can clarify sequence. 

7. SIMPLICITY. Do not overload the poster. More material may mean less communication. Ask yourself, what do I want the viewer to remember?

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