Conference poster guidelines
We’ve received a few questions about poster size and format for the upcoming conference. Poster presenters should aim for a poster with dimensions about 84 x 119 cm (corresponds to about 33 x 47 inches).
Apart from size, we do not have any formalized requirements for design or format of your poster. Posters should ideally be easy-to-read, with clearly outlined sections and text that’s large enough to read from a normal standing distance. The NYU has an excellent set of poster guidelines that will apply to posters at most academic conferences:
What makes a good poster?
- Important information should be readable from about 3 meters away
- Title is short and draws interest
- Word count of about 300 to 800 words
- Text is clear and to the point
- Use of bullets, numbering, and headlines make it easy to read
- Effective use of graphics, color and fonts
- Consistent and clean layout
- Includes acknowledgments, your name and institutional affiliation
Some things to avoid
- Too much or too little white space. Penn State recommends that about 40% of the poster area should be empty of text and images.
- Too many lines and boxes. Lines separating blocks of text can be distracting to the viewer. Aim for using white space instead of obvious separators.
- Unclear relationships between images and text. Make sure your images and accompanying text are grouped together.
- Too many different fonts or styles. Common serif fonts are recommended for body text, and sans-serif fonts are recommended for body text. You should avoid using more than three fonts on a poster.
We will be awarding one student presenter ISIR’s Best Student Poster award! Please click the accompanying poster images to see what ISIR award-winning posters have looked like in the past, courtesy of Kirsten Hilger, Jonas Thiele, and colleagues.