10 tips to create a scientific poster people want to stop at

Are you attending a conference and presenting a poster, but not sure where to start? Here are 10 tips to help you transform a good poster into a great one!

  1. Make it gripping!
    The scientific poster needs to captivate your audience from the beginning. Make sure you focus on what your key message is and put that clearly in your title.
  1. Keep the title short
    The title is what will make people either read your abstract and visit your poster or not. Keep the title short and snappy to make sure it draws interest.
  1. Leave out unnecessary words
    Make sure you only use words that are really necessary. Try to minimise the text, however make sure you clearly and succinctly describe the main conclusions from your project and the take-home messages.
  1. Make good use of graphics
    Focus on the graphics – these are what will catch the eye and explain the data in a way that’s easy to comprehend. Make sure you use graphics that are easy to understand, and stick to a consistent, clean layout.
  1. Don’t try to cram everything on the poster
    The poster is not the place to publish your entire research results. It serves as a networking tool that should attract attention, and help you start up conversations with other scientists. Include only the important information on the poster – YOU are there to provide any other information!
  1. Outline your methods
    Use one graphic, for example, which outlines the design of the study and the methodology that you’ve utilised. Follow this with graphics that convey the scientific results.
  1. Have clear take-home messages
    The take-home messages need to be clearly visualised and clearly described for them to be understood by your listeners.
  1. Know what’s important
    Work out what is the most important information on your poster, and make sure it is visible / readable from a distance in order to draw people who are walking past.
  1. Tailor your poster presentation to your audience
    When you’re presenting your poster to a listener, make sure that you assess their expertise level so that you can tailor your delivery to the person that’s standing in front of you. You don’t want to give the same level of details to somebody who already knows a bit about the subject as somebody who is completely unaware of the research area you’re in.
  1. Don’t forget credits!
    Be sure to include all acknowledgements and collaborators, as well as your name and affiliation on the poster.

Original video with Prof. Lars Steinmetz, EMBL Senior Scientist and Director of the Life Science Alliance

Follow us:

Welcome to the new EMBL Events Blog!

Why do WE – the EMBL Course and Conference Team – need to blog, you might ask? Great question!

The EMBL Events Team runs one of the most extensive and renowned training programmes for scientists in the world, with over 25 conferences and 60 courses each year, predominantly at our sites in the UK and Germany. We have been training scientists for over 40 years, and are bursting with experience and tips for scientists which we don’t want to keep to ourselves!

Over the coming months we will provide you with how-tos, tips and tricks, videos, checklists, competitions, articles, new e-learning opportunities, and sometimes just something to make you laugh. We aim to provide you with the most up-to-date info on how to best advance your scientific career and expand your knowledge.

We also appreciate and encourage guest blog posts and feedback, so feel free to contact us at marketing@embl.de!

2019 Course and Conference Programme now online!

First up, take a look at what opportunities our course and conference programme has to offer in 2019. Our poster has just been finalised, so download it or visit our website and apply for the training that best suits you!

Follow us: