Poster Sessions

Poster Sessions are 60 minutes long and include 8 presenters. For each presentation, there will be a (pre-recorded) 90 second introduction from the author, followed by presentation of the poster on the screen with the author available for discussion for 3-4 minutes. After all presenters have had an opportunity, there will be a general, moderated discussion between authors and participants.  All authors are expected to attend live for the discussions.

We are trying out these sessions to allow for a maximum of information sharing and exchange. All posters whose authors are present will be eligible entries into the poster contest (prizes announced at the awards ceremony).

Instructions for creating a poster

Posters are used to provide information about your work in a brief and concise manner that looks attractive and interesting, and that will generate discussion.  The overall poster should look clean, uncluttered, well-organized, and be easy to follow.  Software that is commonly used to generate posters includes PowerPoint, PhotoShop, and Adobe Illustrator.

Below are some tips for creating a poster:

  1. Make your poster in landscape orientation (A4 or US Paper)
  2. Include your poster title, author names, institutional affiliation, and acknowledgment where applicable.
  3. Use headings, bullet points, and numbering to make it easy to follow the information.
  4. Headings might include: Introduction; Methods; Results; Discussion
    Keep your text under each heading clear and to the point. Remember! Keep it simple. Place your major points in the poster and save the non-essential, but interesting highlights, for follow up discussion or the talk. Your final conclusions or summary should leave readers focused on a concise statement of your most important findings.
    Ask yourself—Is the sequence of information evident? Is the content being communicated clearly?
  5. Use tables and graphics to summarize information where possible instead of writing in narrative text. Tables and graphics offer information quickly and effectively at a glance.
  6. Use different colours and font size to keep your presentation organized and interesting.
  7. Use large font size for easier reading.
  8. Include your email address in case someone wants to contact you about your work.
  9. Save your poster in pdf format. Name the file after you, e.g., YourNAME.pdf.

Instructions for creating a Poster 90-second introductory talk

The purpose of the poster 90-second talk is to give the audience the objective of your poster and its take-home point without going into details.  The audience will read your poster to get the details.  To prepare the 90-second video of your poster talk, please follow these instructions:

  • Begin by stating your name, institutional affiliation, city, and country.
  • State the objective or focus of your poster.
  • State very briefly what you did in the work that is presented in the poster. For example, you could say “We interviewed 7 men and 8 women individually and asked them for their views on what they see as the top three factors that contribute to poverty in their region”, or “Five hundred and fifteen individuals recruited from the general community filled out an online anonymous research questionnaire that asks for their age, gender, ethnicity, their views related to mental health stigma, and their familiarity with mental illness in themselves and/or their family”.
  • State your main finding or findings.

Additional Points: Your video should feature only you. Do not include your poster, slides, or any other images.