Poster Presentation Guidelines

A Poster session is a one-to-one informal discussion between presenters and their audience on a conference-related theme. Presenters post their research design and findings on a poster board; i.e., a brief text clearly labeled and illustrated by photos, charts, graphs, tables.

IUFRO 2018 Posadas presenters will be exhibiting their posters during the Poster Presentation slots as indicated per the Conference Program.

Presenters’ exact places will be indicated by their abstract ID Number which will be posted on the poster boards.

Exhibits should be set up on during the morning in the designated area as per the Conference Program and could be left on display until the the end of the conference. Student assistants will be available for help in the poster area prior and during the exhibition period. You are strongly advised to be in the poster area at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time for poster presentations.

Posters should be of vertical format. Measures should be 120cm (height) x 100cm (width) (about 4.0 x 3.3feet). Posters can be stuck with double-sided tape. We advise you to bring your own tape or fixing material.

Handouts: Although not required, we recommend that you prepare a handout consisting of a short (200 word) abstract followed by an outline of research design, findings, conclusions and contact information. You may come with your own printed material. Have at least 50 copies of your handout with you for distribution.


Type and Text

Before you design your poster, consider how much text should appear in the display.
Text should be concise enough to be read in under 3 minutes and from a distance of 120 cm (about 4 feet).

Title and Section Headings should be at least 48 pt., bol%MCEPASTEBIN%d preferred. Text in the body should be at least 26 pt. Avoid using all capital letters. Use bulleted lists where possible instead of paragraphs. You can use italics instead of underlining, or black lettering instead of a light colored rectangle.


Use photos, diagrams, graphs or any other artwork as a focal point to attract attention and these should be easily visible from a distance.

Try to make all illustrations (charts, pies, graphs, etc.) into bold graphic display where text is minimized and symbols are maximized.

Avoid colors that will distract the viewer from the focal parts of your presentation.

The Design

Common preparation time for a poster is approximately one week of discontinuous work.

Poster sections and content materials should be clearly indicated but kept simple. Ideally, a well-constructed poster will be self-explanatory, understandable to the viewer, freeing the presenter from answering obvious questions. Presenters can thus be available to supplement and discuss particular points of interest.

Successful poster presentations are those which achieve coverage and clarity but also display an uncluttered and straightforward design.

Arrows clearly indicating the flow of information from introduction to conclusion are always helpful.

The focus should be on major findings and not on everything you know.

Finally, it is often helpful to ask a colleague to function as an objective reader and give you feedback on both the content and the design.