Paper, Order, or Assignment Requirements
A poster is a great method of communicating information to a relatively large audience, especially at
scientific conferences. It requires the presenter to organize the information effectively and efficiently to
encourage others to read the poster and, hopefully, to expand their interest in the subject. At the same
time, this is an opportunity for you to be creative. The poster should be visually appealing and include
both text and figures that provide sufficient detail to describe your findings without too many words
that could bore the reader.
There is considerable flexibility in the development of a poster, however certain information should be
included. You will be provided with a template for making your poster, allowing you to concentrate on
the content. The poster should consist of 4 elements (as well as the abstract):
1. An introduction to not only introduce your topic (e.g. species) but also indicate the objective of your
poster (i.e. points to indicate why you should read on)
2. Section(s) consisting of text (paragraphs) and images (figures, tables, etc.) that develops the main
idea(s) to be expressed in your poster. Since a poster is very visual, it is important to let your images tell
the story, keeping your text focused on important points. Selecting visuals for conveying ideas is not an
easy task and it is important that each figure has a logical link to the text. Visuals that are for aesthetic
purposes should make up less than 5% of the total area.
Your poster should show evidence of scientific thought (including critical analysis of published material),
have relevant information well organized (easily read), and provide a creative and visually‐pleasing
display. You are welcome to include accessories to accompany your poster for added effect. Note that
references should be included in the text body and with images.
3. A final conclusion (paragraph), usually composed of two to three sentences or statements, should
complete the information component of the poster.
4. A list of references must be included. The majority of the information should be the result of
research in the primary literature (if possible), with a minimum of 5 references.
There are many websites and books with advice on creating a ‘great’ poster (including what not to do).
There are books available in my office and the following is a website with helpful information ‐
Poster (guidelines) : Sugar Maple Tree (Acer saccharum)
• Plant used in society with focus on growing or
processing plant optimally for human use
• Should be well‐organized and include:
– an introduction (plant, relevant background, and objective
– text and images developing the main ideas (keep focused
on your central point(s)), including significance/impact
– conclusion and/or summary (take‐home message)
• Visually appealing (about 50% figures), informative,
– see poster template for further information