Poster Presentation Guidelines

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A Poster session is a one-to-one informal discussion between presenters and their audience on a conference-related theme. Presenters post their research design and findings on a poster board; i.e., a brief text clearly labeled and illustrated by photos, charts, graphs, tables.

ELF7 presenters will be exhibiting their posters either on Thursday, September 4, or on Friday, September 5, 2014, 12.00-14.30 as per the Conference Programme.

Presenters’ exact places will be indicated by their names which will be posted on the poster boards.

Exhibits should be set up on Thursday and Friday respectively before each session in the designated area as per the Conference Programme and should be removed immediately after each session. Student assistants will be available for help in the poster area on both days. You are strongly advised to be in the poster area at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time of your presentation.

Each bulletin board measures 200cm(width) x 100(height) (about 6.5 x 3.2feet). Posters can be stuck with blue tack or double-sided sellotape.

Handouts: Although not required, we recommend that you prepare a handout consisting of a short (300 word) abstract followed by an outline of research design, findings and conclusions. You may come with your own printed material. Otherwise, copy centers within the venue vicinity can provide reproductive or graphic  services to the conferees. Have at least 50 copies of your handout with you for distribution.

If AV equipment or electrical support is required, please notify the Organising Committee and the Conference Secretariat upon submission of your abstract.


  • Posters should be formatted in APA style.
  • Posters should include a title, name and affiliation of the presenter(s) labelled with lettering at least 1” (2.54 cm or 72 point) high from the top of the poster space.
  • Before you design your poster, consider how much text should appear in the display.
  • Text should be concise enough to be read in under 10 minutes and from a distance of 4 feet (about 120 cm).
Section Headings should be at least 36 pt., bold preferred. Avoid using all capital letters. Use bulleted lists where possible instead of paragraphs. You can use italics instead of underlining, or black lettering instead of a light colored rectangle.


  • Use photos, diagrams, graphs or any other artwork as a focal point to attract attention and these should be easily visible from a distance.
  • Try to make all illustrations (charts, pies, graphs, etc.) into bold graphic display where text is minimized and symbols are maximized.
  • Avoid colours that will distract the viewer from the focal parts of your presentation.


  • Common preparation time for a poster session is approximately six weeks of discontinuous work.
  • Sections and sequence of materials should be clearly indicated but kept simple. Ideally, a well-constructed poster will be self-explanatory, understandable to the viewer, freeing the presenter from answering obvious questions. Presenters can thus be available to supplement and discuss particular points of interest.
  • Successful poster presentations are those which achieve coverage and clarity but also display an uncluttered and straightforward design.
  • Arrows clearly indicating the flow of information from introduction to conclusion are always helpful.
  • The focus should be on major findings and not on everything you know.
Finally, it is often helpful to ask a colleague to function as an objective reader and give you feedback on both the content and the design.