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Poster Information

Poster Sessions

There are five poster sessions scheduled at this year’s SNL meeting. Each session is 1 hour and 45 minutes. The poster number assigned to you will tell you which session you are presenting in. For example, B15 would be Poster Session B, poster board 15.

Poster boards are 4 feet high x 8 feet wide (122 cm high x 244 cm wide).

Presentation Rules

The first author must be present during the assigned “Author Presents Time,” however authors are encouraged to be present during the entire poster session.  “Author Presents Times” will be published in the SNL Program. If the first author is unable to present, the abstract must be withdrawn or permission must be granted for another author to present.

You may post your materials on the board assigned to you at any time after the “Set-up Begins” time, but all posters must be up before the beginning of the assigned poster session. You must remove your poster promptly–no later than the “Take-down Complete” time. See the printed program for set-up and take-down times. Any posters left up after the “Take-down Complete” time may be discarded.


Prepare a banner for the top of the poster indicating the abstract title, authors, and affiliations. Lettering should be approximately 4 cm high for the title, 2 cm high for the authors’ names, and 1.5 cm high for affiliations.


Posters should be complete and self-supporting so that different viewers may read at their leisure. The author should only need to supplement or discuss particular points raised during inquiry. Remember that people of varying degrees of interest and experience may be viewing your poster. Therefore, you will want to make your points as complete and brief as possible.

The standard elements are: Introduction, Methods, Results (with supporting figures), and a Conclusion or Summary. Type should be seen easily from a short distance.


Figures should also be seen easily from a short distance (about 1 m). Use clear graphics and large type to accomplish this. The main points should be straightforward and not require extended viewing, but details should be included for those who might wish to discuss it. Because the amount of text is restricted, the figure legend may contain some of the commentary that would usually be contained in the body of a manuscript.

Suggestions for Creating Effective Posters

  • Minimize narrative.
  • Use large type in short, separated paragraphs.
  • Do not set entire paragraphs in boldface or capital letters.
  • Numbered or bulleted lists are a concise and effective way to convey a series of points.
  • Figures should easily be seen from a distance. Use dark colors on a white or light background.
  • It is not necessary to post a copy of your abstract.

Also see Poster Slam.