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Posters and Poster Presentations

Support for creating and presenting scholarly posters

Purpose of scholarly posters

A scientific poster provides a concise description of a study or project designed to inform others about the research study, and to stimulate a conversation about that research. The conversation may be an opportunity to share more details about the research study, and may allow the poster presenter to gather feedback that will enrich their research. Poster session, SunShot Grand Challenge Summit and Technology Forum, Denver; Dennis Schroeder/NREL via flickr.com. Public domain (US government agency).

Posters are often displayed at a poster session. One or more of the poster authors will typically stand next to the poster during the poster session to answer questions and encourage discussion. 

Since you may be competing with many other presenters for the audience's attention, your goal will be to create a poster that will draw in poster session attendees and quickly and effectively convey the primary message. Posters rely heavily on images such as tables, graphs, photographs, and diagrams. Posters contain relatively little text.

Photo: Poster session, SunShot Grand Challenge Summit and Technology Forum, Denver; Dennis Schroeder/NREL via flickr.com

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