Poster Presentation Guidelines

Posters prepared for the ASLO 2019 Aquatic Sciences Meeting must be no more than 48 inches wide by 48 inches high or (121.92 cm wide by 121.92 cm high). They will be placed on poster boards and will adhere to the boards using push pins that will be provided. Preparation suggestions and any specific instructions will be posted at a later date.

Posters will be presented depending upon the poster session to which you are assigned. You will be notified of your poster session’s time and day well in advance of the meeting, and you will be expected to be available to present your poster during your designated poster session. Poster presenters are asked to adhere to designated set-up and tear-down instructions and times. These times will be sent once the schedule is established.

Each poster will be assigned a number. You will put your poster next to this number. There will be two (2) posters per side of each panel-board. Therefore, posters must be no larger than the maximum size. If your poster exceeds these specifications, it may be subject to removal.

Important note: The convention decorator may discard posters if the presenting author does not dismantle them according to tear-down instructions and times.

Suggestions for Poster Preparation

The following are some very general suggestions for preparing your poster:

  • Minimize text - use images and graphs instead.
  • Keep text elements to 50 words or fewer.
  • Use phrases rather than full sentences.
  • Use an active voice.
  • Avoid jargon (depends somewhat on audience).
  • Left-justify text; avoid centering and right-justifying text.
  • Use a serif font (e.g., Times) for most text - easier to read.
  • Sans-serif font (e.g., Helvetica) OK for titles and headings
  • Text should be at least 24-point in text, 36 for headings.
  • Pay attention to text size in figures - it must also be large.
  • Title should be at least 5cm tall.
  • Use a light color background and dark color letters for contrast.
  • Avoid dark backgrounds with light letters - very tiring to read.
  • Stick to a theme of 2 or 3 colors - much more will overload and confuse viewers.
  • If you use multiple colors, use them in a consistent pattern - otherwise viewers will spend their time wondering what the pattern is rather than reading your poster.
  • Overly bright colors will attract attention - and then wear out readers' eyes.
  • Consider people who have problems differentiating colors, especially when designing graphics - one of the most common is an inability to tell green from red.