Do's and Don'ts of Poster Presentations
Steven M. Block
Department of Molecular Biology Princeton University Princeton, NJ 08544
Biophysical Journal, 71: 3527-3529 (1996)
DON'T - stand directly in front of your poster at the session, or get too
close to it. Don't become so engrossed in conversation with any single
individual that you (or they) accidentally prevent others from viewing your
DO - try to stay close by, but off to the side just a bit, so that
passers-by can see things, and so that you don't block the vision of people
already gathered round.
DON'T - be an eager beaver and badger the nice people who come to read your
DO - give them some space. Allow them to drink it all in. If they engage you
with a question, then that is your opening to offer to take them through the
poster or discuss matters of mutual scientific interest. Conversely, don't
ignore people who look as though they may have questions, especially by
becoming engrossed in talking to all your buddies.
DON'T - pull a disappearing act.
DO - stick around. It's your poster, your work! Try to hang around for as
long as you can to help and advise people. At the very least, give them a
chance to associate a human face with your work. If you need to circulate,
try to get a co-author to spell you.
DON'T - forget ancillary materials.
DO - be a good scout, and come prepared to your poster, armed with reprints
of any of your own relevant papers that you might have, plus extra copies of
any material you may wish to share. Have ready some business cards, or slips
of paper you can use to provide colleagues with your address (or fax or
email, or whatever). Posters are a terrific way to get scientific
suggestions and meet like-minded individuals! And don't forget to bring
plenty of push-pins, as well.
DON'T - hesitate to provide supporting materials, if these can help. But
don't over-do it.
Questions regarding the 2003 Tapia Poster Selection process should be directed to:
Brian M. Dennis
Poster Committee Chair
2003 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference
The subject line should read: "Questions about 2003 Tapia Poster Selection".