Poster Presentation Instructions

What is a Poster Presentation?

A poster is a visual presentation of your research or clinical project. Use schematic diagrams, graphs, tables and other strategies to direct the visual attention of the viewer, rather than explaining it using text as you would in a journal article. A poster addresses one central question. State the question or hypothesis clearly in the poster and use your presentation to provide a clear and explicit take-home message.


What will you need?

You will be provided a space approximately (120 cm x 120 cm). Prepare your poster so that it makes the most of this space, but does not exceed the area. Plan to provide a handout of your poster that includes your full contact information so your colleagues have access to your important ideas after the conference. Bring mailing labels so that in case you run out of handouts, your colleagues can write their name and address for you to disseminate handouts after the meeting.

Bring your own push pins to mount your poster. MIM local organizing committee (LOC) will not provide push pins.


Title and Author

The title of your poster presentation and your name should be printed in very LARGE type font so that viewers may easily see the subject matter and author from a distance. The title, author’s name and affiliation are usually placed at the top and in the center of the poster board.



Posters usually have a similar structure to a research paper or journal article: an abstract, introduction (i.e., brief rationale or review of relevant research), method section, results section, and a conclusion or summary. You may also want to list key references. If your poster is more clinically-oriented, you may elect to use a different format, but breaking things down into clear sections with headings will help your colleagues understand your poster easily and quickly.

In the busy and crowded environment of a poster session, most people do not have the ability to read and process long sections of text. Therefore, keep text to the bare essentials and stick to the most important ideas. You can convey details via discussion when you are standing by your poster.



  • Use bullet points to simplify sections like the introduction and conclusions.
  • Use large type, such as 36-point type for section headings, and 24-point type for text. Never use type smaller than 18 point for any reason. This is 18 Point Type.
  • Make effective use of underlines and boldface.
  • Use graphs and figures whenever possible.
  • Make your poster visually pleasing and attractive.
  • Programs like Microsoft PowerPoint can be helpful in creating your poster.
  • Include your presentation number on your poster so attendees can easily locate your abstract. Materials Try to make your poster sturdy enough to withstand your trip to the meeting.


Set-Up, Viewing, Presentation and Dismantle Schedule

  Poster Session A,
Monday, April
Poster Session B,
Tuesday, April
Poster Session C,
April 18th
Poster Session D,
Thursday, April
Set-­?up 10h45 am-­? 11h15
10h45 am-­? 11h15
10h45 am-­? 11h15
10h45 am-­? 11h15
11h15-­?1h00 pm 11h15-­?1h00 pm 11h15-­?1h00 pm 11h15-­?1h00 pm
(Presenters  in
1h00 pm – 2h30
1h00 pm – 2h30
1h00 pm – 2h30
1h00 pm – 2h30
2h30 pm – 6h30
2h30 pm – 6h30
2h30 pm – 6h30
2h30 pm – 6h30
Dismantle 6h30pm-­?7h30pm 6h30pm-­?7h30pm 6h30pm-­?7h30pm 6h30pm-­?7h30pm


Important information! Dismantle your poster on time! Presenters are responsible for dismantling posters. Posters left behind at the close of the dismantle period will be disposed of and are not the responsibility of MIM LOC


7 Elements of a Good Poster

1 – Good Readability

2 – Clean Layout

3 – Perfect Alignment

4 – Clear Flow

5 – Good use of Colours

6 – Easy to read Fonts

7 – Effective Visuals


1 – Ensure Good Readability

  • Readability refers to how easy the Poster is to read
  • Here are some ways to enhance readability

–  Don’t Overfill the space

–  Use the 40-­?40-­?20 (40% text , 40% visuals, 20% white space)

–  Limit the word count to 600-­?700

– Keep it concise – Bullets are best, use short phrases rather than long sentences

2- Ensure a Clean Layout and Perfect Alignment

  •  Use 40 characters or 11 words per line
  • If portrait format, use two-­?column format
  • If Landscape, use a 3 or 4 column format 

3 – Ensure Perfect Alignment

  •  Align all boxes along an Invisible grid line and create equal spaces between the boxes

4 – Ensure a Clear Flow and Good use of Colors

  •  Flow is the direction in which you want the audience to read your poster – left to right or top to bottom
  • One way to make this clear is to make thick Border lines between columns

5 – Ensure Good use of Colors

  •  The aim is to achieved visual Clarity achieved by having strong contrast between the color in the background and the text color

6 – Use easy to read Fonts and Effective Visuals

  •  Your Poster needs to be Legible and Readable from 2-­?3 meters away
  • Use a simple serif-­?sans font. Arial is a good choice
  • Make sure your font is big enough-­? >18 point

7 – Use Effective Visuals

  •  Visuals must be relevant to the topic, high quality, large, high resolution, easy to understand