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Poster Presentations: Content




Use distinct section headings that convey major points, however, first check requirements for headings at the organization where the poster will be presented.
Suggested components:
Title and author
Results/Data Analysis
Future Directions


  • Do not add too little or too much text.
  • Avoid blocks of text longer than 10 sentences.
  • Feel free to use, but don't overuse bullet points

Font recommendations:

  • Use a dark-colored and sans-serif font (i.e. Arial)
  • Title = 96 pts
  • Author/institution line = 48 pts
  • Section headings = 36 pts
  • Body text = around 24 pts and not smaller (except for acknowledgements and/or references).
  • You can emphasize a word or sentence by using boldface or by italicizing.
  • Underlined text tends to crowd your white space.


Introduce the topic, including the background information and your research's contribution to the field.



  • Think about the main thing you want your audience to learn
  • Focus on this message thoughout your poster
  • Do not merely repeat the results, but describe the process of achieving them
  • Set aside more space for your results than any other section


A one-paragraph summary, stating the research question and/or problems and contribution to current knowledge, and succinctly stating methods, results, and conclusions.

Abstracts may be labeled as the introduction

Keep in mind that a research poster is thought of as an illustrated abstract.

See an example at F1000Research (hover over an image for the zoom option or select "View Full Screen" above the image).

Photos and Graphics

  • Use pictures and well-designed diagrams, graphs or flowcharts effectively
  • Use legal images (Pixabay, Pexels, FreeImages, Wikimedia CommonsArtStor, etc.) or get permission and give credit
  • Read about Creative Commons licenses which may be attached to images found online
  • Ensure that all graphics have a resolution of 150-300 dpi
  • Use legible fonts and font sizes to label or caption figures
  • Your graphics to text ratio should be about 50:50




  • Use 3-5 colors that complement each other to define different areas of the poster
  • Have a plain and light colored background
  • Avoid background textures as they distract viewers