How to prepare your content for your poster presentation

Poster Instructions

How to prepare your content for your poster presentation

The first thing to do before you start working of your research poster is to organize your text, images, graphs, charts, logos, etc. This is the most important and often the most overlooked time saving-part of the process.

Many research poster presentations are conversions of preexisting documents such as multi-slide PowerPoint presentations or multipage MS Word documents. Because these documents were initially created for other purposes, I recommend that you create a temporary rough draft document in Microsoft Word, and use it to paste all the text you are going to eventually include on your poster presentation. But don’t spend any time formatting the text. It’s only purpose is to help you organize and edit your poster content. Later, you are going to use this document as the source from which you’ll be copying and pasting onto your poster.

Before copying any information on your draft document, create the following sections. These are standard sections for poster presentations and will help present your research clearly and professionally.

Standard poster sections:

The poster title (with author name(s) directly underneath)

Introduction, Background,

(a place to quickly summarize your topic and trigger your audience’s interest)

Research Summary (the place where the research and analysis are included)

Conclusions or Discussion

Questions for Response

References or Literature Cited (This is where you make a list of the literature you have cited regarding this project. List the names of authors, publications and publishing dates)

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