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Poster Preparation Guidelines

A poster is a visual presentation of your submitted abstract and should meet the following criteria:



The title should be the same as that in the submitted abstract.

The title of your presentation should be at the top of the poster.

The title should about a 72 point font size.

Compulsory content

  • author’s name/s
  • author’s organisation/s
  • organisation’s logo/s
  • contact details (website, email, postal)



The poster should preferably be A0 size (A0 size is 841mm x 1189mm).

However, A1 size will also be acceptable

Orientation of your poster can be either Portrait or Landscape style.



The poster should be easily readable at a distance of two metres.

Use a single font throughout.



48 to 60 point font size is recommended for headings.



Normal text should be between 32 to 48 font size.

The text should be concise and easy to read.


DO NOT use too much text – use more figures, photos than text!


The message that your poster contains should be clear and understandable without the requirement of oral explanation. If relevant, methods should be presented simply and concisely.

After the title, the two most important panels are the Introduction and the Conclusion. On the basis of these two panels, a reader will decide whether to consider the poster details and perhaps talk to the presenter. These panels need to be very simple, concise and visually attractive.


Results should be presented graphically if possible.

Avoid large tables of data.

Figure legends are essential and should be short but informative.

If using graphs, they should have a short heading below.

Photographs should be no smaller than 12cm x 18cm.


Tips for Designing a Great Poster

Focus on 1 or 2 main messages and do NOT overcrowd the poster
Keep it simple. What are the main messages you want to convey?

Use a brief title : a sub-title can help describe what the poster is about. The title needs to accurately reflect the content of the poster.

A great poster catches your eye, and is:

  • clear and simple
  • easy to read
  • organised with a logical flow
  • relevant to viewers in its content
  • taking advantage of the visual medium
  • providing viewers with 1 or 2 main messages.

Use succinct text in ‘bite size chunks’ : delegates prefer posters with less text
Keep all text (headings and body text) to a minimum. Posters are often viewed during conference breaks or during busy sessions so viewers don’t have much time to read a lot. ‘Chunk’ text into digestible-bites using small paragraphs, bullet lists, or text boxes. Bullet lists do not always need the ‘and’s’ and ‘the’s’.

Font size ? Bigger is better !
Ensure fonts are large and easy to read. The words need to be legible from 1.5 metres away. Recommended sizes: Title: 72 pt; Headings: 48-60 pt; Body text: 24-48 pt. Sans-serif fonts (without the bits on the ends) are clearer to read from a distance.

Check: Can you still read the text if you are reproducing the poster on an A4 handout?

Graphics convey your message quickly
Posters are a visual medium and should include graphics. Graphics not only catch people’s eye and draw viewers in for a closer look… they are understood more quickly than text so are valuable tools for communicating of your main messages. Use photos, cartoons, figures, tables, diagrams. Label them. Graphs and pictures are preferred to tables, and tables are preferred to text.

Colour also helps viewers quickly understand
For example, colour can be used for emphasis.