It’s safe to say that 2020 has been – and continues to be – a strange year! We have all been forced to adapt the way we live and think, and at EMBL it is no different.
Traditionally we would now be presenting a sneak peek of our 2021 training programme. However, since we have had to make a range of changes to adapt our programme to the current circumstances, we are doing things a bit differently this year! Our new poster includes the updated 2020 events (virtual of course!), as well as the planned training courses and conferences for the first half of 2021.
We hope to welcome people onsite in 2021, but have back-up plans in place should this not be possible! Our EMBO | EMBL Symposia series continues, and we continue to offer a range of EMBL Conferences, EMBO Workshops, and Courses – both established and new. Ever wondered what all these different event types are? Here’s an explanation!
Our online training offerings are more popular than ever, so you also have the option to learn at your own pace with our train online and webinars to make sure you stay up-to-date with the latest scientific techniques!
The complete 2021 EMBL Course and Conference Programme will be published in November – if all goes to plan!
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!
(And make sure you check out our scientific poster templates at the bottom!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t forget credits! Be sure to include all acknowledgements and collaborators, as well as your name and affiliation on the poster.
Still unsure? Here are some scientific poster templates to help get you started!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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!