Recommendations for effective scientific poster communication
- It is mandatory to indicate your new abstract number in the upper right corner of the poster
- The maximum usable poster board surface is 120 cm high and 90 cm wide (portrait format).
- Don't overload your poster. Remember, you are not writing an article.
- Seek simplicity, keep text to a minimum and avoid redundancies.
- Use 500 to 1'000 words (including title, figure legends and tables), definitely not more.
- The figures and tables should cover approximately 50% of the poster area.
- Prepare a 20 cm high title strip that runs the full width of the poster. Use a black and bold typeface, not smaller than 30 mm in height for the title and at least 20 mm for author’s names and affiliations (the height refers to capital and tall letters). Capital letters are usually more difficult to read than small letters.
- The poster is supposed to be readable from a distance of 1.5-2 m. The text should definitely be no less than 5 mm for capitals and tall letters, and preferably larger. Use a constant font throughout the poster.
- The average reader spends 1-2 minutes on your poster. Highlight your main finding. Most of us start by reading the Conclusions. Thus, don't hide them in the right lower corner. Put them on eye level, either on top of the right column or alternatively start with the Conclusions. Otherwise, structure your poster by Introduction, Methods and Results. State your aims at the end of the introduction.
- We suggest that the pathway (eye movement) is down the columns. Use 3-5 columns.
- Let your important points stand out. Use (but don't overuse) bold and colours.
- If possible, avoid abbreviations and acronyms, especially in the Conclusions.
- Feel free to provide one or more key references (in the right lower corner).
- Handouts of your abstract / poster (with your addresses) to your interested readers may facilitate future research communication.
- Prepare a short (< 4 minutes) oral guide through your poster to be presented to interested participants during the Poster viewing.
Audiovisual equipment for speakers
With reference to the forthcoming HGM 2014 Conference, please note that the following audio-visual material will be available for your presentation:
• Single PowerPoint© projection (see below for standard configuration)
Please note that only single projection will be available.
Speakers Preview Room
All speakers and presenters are requested to check in at the Speakers Preview Room at least two hours before the session (or the day before for early morning sessions). The PowerPoint© presentation will be checked by congress technical staff and prepared for the lecture.
The Speakers Preview Room, Located on level 1 behind Room 1 will be open as follows:
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Conference room equipment
The Speakers Preview Room and the conference rooms will be fully equipped with computers supporting Microsoft PowerPoint© including all video codecs.
Computers will be equipped as follows:
• Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition© with Microsoft Office 2010©
Therefore, when preparing an electronic presentation, please make sure that it is fully compatible with above mentioned standards. The organisers cannot be held responsible if a presentation fails to run because these standards were not observed.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information you may require.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Geneva in a few weeks’ time.
Your HGM 2014 Team