Poster tutorial

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A short tutorial on best practices for creating scientific posters (created for college students).

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Poster tutorial

  1. 1. Scientific Posters a best practices guide
  2. 2. What is a Scientific Poster? Large-format document Concise summary of research Displayed at scientific conferences Readable in under 10 minutes
  3. 3. Follow the organization of a scientific paper: Statement of problem/hypothesis Background Data/methods Results Conclusions Sources See ITF Michael Porter’s PP at http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2371459/MP_Scientific_Poster_Presentation.pptx
  4. 4. Best Practices Stay Focused: keep your message clear Be Graphic: use graphs and images more so than text Avoid Clutter: keep your poster clean Put on your graphic designer hat: colors, font size and style, and alignment all matter. Make sure your poster doesn’t hurt the eyes, is readable, and professional Break up text with bullet points (like this!)
  5. 5. THE GOOD...
  6. 6. The Bad...
  7. 7. and the ugly...
  8. 8. How do I make a poster? Keynote or Powerpoint One slide Standard size: 36”x48” (one side MUST be 36”), or 2592 pixels x 3456 pixels Inspector > Document Inspector > Slide Size > Custom Slide Size Download Keynote poster templates at http://www.apple.com/science/productivitylab/#researchposter Save your slide as a PDF. Make sure you specify the paper size as 36”x48” (or 48x36)
  9. 9. Deadlines Poster Printing Deadline: 1 week before presentation. Make an appt. at http://macaulay.cuny.edu/eportfolios/seminar3presentat Registration Deadline: November 22, 5pm. Use URL above.
  10. 10. Additional Resources Video on how to create scientific posters with Keynote: http://www.apple.com/science/productivitylab/ ITF Craig Willse’s presentation on poster design: http://macaulay.cuny.edu/it/files/userfiles/scientific%20posters.pdf Swarthmore College tips on creating and presenting posters: http://www.swarthmore.edu/NatSci/cpurrin1/posteradvice.htm Examples of professional scientific posters: http://www.apple.com/science/poster/ Examples of scientific posters by MHC students and additional sites with poster tips: http://macaulay.cuny.edu/it/content/scientific-posters Questions: contact ITF Jenny Kijowski at profkijowski@gmail.com

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