Creating a Conference Poster
MacEwan branded PowerPoint templates (both are 36" x 48"):
Other programs for creating posters include InDesign and LaTeX.
- Poster size: Before getting started, confirm poster size requirements with conference organizers and set this up in the software you are using.
- Standard size is 36" x 48".
- In PowerPoint go to the Design tab>> Slide Size>> Custom Slide Size.
- Section headings and content: Research posters typically organize information under the following headings:
- Text: Break content up into short bulleted lists where possible. The following font sizes are generally recommended:
- Text size: 24-36 point.
- Sections and sub-headings: larger (e.g. 48 point).
- Captions and labels: smaller (e.g. 22 point).
- Use high resolution images (300 dpi).
- Include a caption beneath photos to explain them.
- Cite the source of photos.
- Tables and charts:
- Give tables and charts a title.
- Include a caption beneath explaining the content.
- Branding: Consider including a university logo in the top left corner of your poster:
If required to print your poster, confirm required file format with the printer you're using.
- Most require that files be saved to PDF.
Before you Present
- Proofread for errors
- View full screen to ensure content is clear and easy to read from a distance.
- Prepare an “elevator speech”:
- Jot down 2-3 sentences that clearly and concisely summarize what your poster is about and why it is important.
- Practice your speech before the session so that you will be prepared when people come by to learn about your work.
- Remember to avoid technical jargon, and show enthusiasm!
Share Your Poster
Consider the following ways to make your poster more broadly available:
- Make a few copies to give out as handouts to anyone interested in your work. Include your contact information in case they want to follow up with you.
- Post your work online and add a QR code to your poster so people can easily access it by taking a photograph of it with their phone.
Note: Your work may qualify for inclusion in MacEwan's institutional repository, Research Online at MacEwan (RO@M). Send a copy of your poster along with the name and date of the conference where it was presented and the names of any faculty members overseeing your work to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.