What Makes a Good Poster?
  • Designed to catch the viewer’s eye
  • Utilizing white space as much as possible
  • Graphs, images and headlines
  • A limited amount of text
  • 50 copies of a handout for the poster that includes abstract and contact information

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2019 Poster Hall Location
Poster presentations will take place in the Prince George's Hall D, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

2019 Set-Up, Viewing, Presentation and Dismantle Schedule

  Poster Session A
Thursday, Nov 21
Poster Session B
Friday, November 22
Poster Session C
Saturday, November 23
Set-Up 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Morning Viewing 10:15 a.m. – Noon
10:15 a.m. – Noon
10:15 a.m. – Noon
(Presenters in attendance)
Noon – 1:45 p.m.
Noon – 1:45 p.m.
Noon – 1:45 p.m.
Afternoon Viewing 1:45 p.m. – 4 p.m. 1:45 p.m. – 4 p.m. 1:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Dismantle 4 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. 4 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

What is a Poster Presentation?
A poster is a visual presentation of your research or clinical project.

Use schematic diagrams, graphs, tables and other strategies to direct the visual attention of the viewer, rather than explaining it using text as you would in a journal article. 

A poster addresses one central question. State the question or hypothesis clearly in the poster and use your presentation to provide a clear and explicit take-home message. 

Abstract Presentation Number
Include your abstract presentation number in a large font in the upper left corner of your poster.

What will you need?
You will be provided a space approximately 4 feet high x 4 feet wide (121 cm x 121 cm).  Prepare your poster so that it makes the most of this space, but does not exceed the area.  We encourage you to bring 50 copies of a handout of your poster that includes your full contact information so your colleagues have access to your important ideas after the conference. You are not required to bring 50 copies, it is strictly optional.

Bring your own push pins to mount your poster.  ASTMH will not provide push pins.  

Please note:  Due to fire regulations, we are unable to place any tables or chairs in front of the poster boards, and electrical hook-ups are not allowed.

 Poster Dismantle
 Important information: Dismantle your poster on time!

 Presenters are responsible for dismantling posters.  Posters left   behind at the close of the dismantle period will be disposed of   and are not the responsibility of ASTMH nor the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

Posters usually have a similar structure to a research paper or journal article: an abstract, introduction (i.e., brief rationale or review of relevant research), method section, results section, and a conclusion or summary.  You may also want to list key references.  If your poster is more clinically-oriented, you may elect to use a different format, but breaking things down into clear sections with headings will help your colleagues understand your poster easily and quickly.   

In the busy and crowded environment of a poster session, most people do not have the ability to read and process long sections of text. Therefore, keep text to the bare essentials and focus on the most important ideas.  You can convey details via discussion when you are standing by your poster.

  • Use bullet points to simplify sections like the introduction and conclusions.
  • Use large type, such as 36-point type for section headings, and 24-point type for text.  Never use type smaller than 18 point for any reason.  
  • Make effective use of underlines and boldface.
  • Use graphs and figures whenever possible. 
  • Make your poster visually pleasing and attractive. 
  • Include your new abstract presentation number in a large font on the upper left corner of your poster so attendees can easily locate your abstract.
A New Poster Format in the Scientific Community
Click here to read an article about an alternative poster format that some poster presenters are utilizing at scientific conferences.

Contact ASTMH at [email protected] or phone +1-703-650-5832.