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Guidelines for Posters

Poster making is a craft. Some people might be naturally talented while others need to practice!

​​​​​​​The following simple guidelines do not promise a perfect poster but will hopefully put you on your way to designing one

Layout! Layout! Layout!

Layout is as important as the science itself - keep it simple

Find an eye-catching element that grabs the attention of your audience

Tell your story with graphics as much as possible

Use clear, simple graphs and appealing pictures that support the points that you want to make

Try to limit the text to absolute minimum (800 words)

Make the key messages easily available (e.g. in the centre of the poster)

Tell the audience what they need to know about your research, not about all the research that you did

Use an attractive colour scheme (check a print of your poster: colours on the screen and on paper are not necessarily the same)

Make sure the title and author's name (spell out first names) are prominent and eye-catching

Include a personal photo - making it easy to find you!


Exceptional layouts, graphical details or interactive parts should enhance the understanding of the results

Challenge your layout by involving your colleagues, e.g. print a version and hang it in the hallway to get feedback.


Not all information can be visualized in exactly the same way

Something compelling on A4 is not automatically compelling on A0 and vice versa

Your genuine enthusiasm in presenting your research and your ability to explain the results is very important, but respect  that some audiences just want to read the poster and not engage in a long discussion

Some inspiring websites:


Important information for posters at ICES ASC 2014

*Please note that you will only need the following information if your work has been accepted for presentation at ICES ASC 2014.

If you are presenting a poster, please report to the registration desk where you will receive instructions about where to hang your poster. Posters will be grouped by theme session.

Please submit your poster in portrait format only. Posters in landscape format will not be exhibited. The dimensions of the poster boards are maximum 75 cm by 150 cm.  Fittings will be provided.

One author must be available to present and discuss the work during a special poster session taking place on Tuesday 16 September from 18:00 to 20:00.

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