Points to remember for a good poster display

  1. Keep the ideas you are trying to show simple. You cannot show complex sets of data from many different species in many different places in one poster.

  2. Keep text to a minimum. Remember that one picture with a short but informative caption is worth a thousand words

  3. Write large and space the text out. Ideally there should not be more than about 100 words in any one block of text. Do not try to give people more information by writing paragraph after paragraph in small writing. They will not read it so you will, in fact, tell them nothing.

  4. Use colourful pictures, photos or graphs to illustrate your main points.

  5. Intersperse small blocks of text with the pictures so that all of the text is not in one part of the poster and all the pictures in another.

  6. Do not crowd the pictures and the text together. Be selective about those you will use and spread them out a bit.

  7. Have an interesting, catchy title. Whether people read the rest of the poster will often be determined by whether they think the title sounds interesting.

  8. Present the information in a logical sequence - from an introduction (why you did the study) through the methods (how you did the study) to the results (what you found out).

  9. People read English from left to right. Start at the top left-hand corner and proceed down to the bottom right-hand corner. You can do this by presenting the information going down the left-hand side and then down the right-hand side or along the top and then along the bottom.

  10. You can use large headings and arrows to direct the reader's attention from point to point.

  11. The poster outline above is just a suggestion and not is not prescriptive.

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