What is a poster session?
>> A poster session is an opportunity for you to share your research in a creative, visual way.
>> Colleagues and peers will move informally between the posters while presenters typically give a brief (1-2 minute) talk about their research and answer questions.
>> Poster sessions will usually be scheduled for one hour.
A poster session or poster presentation is the presentation of research information by an individual or representatives of research teams at a congress or conference with an academic or professional focus. The work is usually peer reviewed. Poster sessions are particularly prominent at scientific conferences such as medical congresses.
Typically a separate room or area of a tradeshow floor is reserved for the poster session where researchers accompany a paper poster illustrating their research methods and outcomes. Each research project is usually presented on a conference schedule for a period ranging from 10 minutes to several hours. Very large events may feature a few thousand poster presentations over a matter of a few days.
Presentations usually consist of affixing the research poster to a portable wall with the researcher in attendance to answer questions posed by colleagues. The poster itself varies in size according to conference guidelines from 2x3 feet to 4x8 feet in dimensions.
See Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poster_session
Examples of student posters
The posters in the slideshow below are from the Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI) at the University of Illinois. While looking at these examples, ask yourself, "What works well for this poster?" and "What could be done better?" This will help you in designing your own research poster.
The best site to learn about poster design is Colin Purrington's "Designing Conference Posters."
What makes a great poster?
The best way to start the design of your poster is to look to others for examples. Don't be afraid to emulate the style of others, if you see something that works, use it!
- The Oceanography Society provides examples of 'good' and 'bad' posters.
- Here is a flickr group of good posters: http://www.flickr.com/groups/368476@N21/pool/
- You can also search flickr or Google Images for "poster" or "poster session."