Instructions for Poster Presenters

The poster session will take place from 4:00-6:00 PM on Thursday, March 27. Poster presenters will be provided with poster boards that are 30 inches by 40 inches in size. We will not be able to print posters at the conference site, so you should come to the conference with your poster already printed. We will provide materials that you can use to pin your posters to the boards. Your poster should focus on the highlights of your work, and you should try to use bullet points rather than long paragraphs of text. Simply posting pages of a research paper, for example, will not make an effective poster.

All poster presenters will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and their posters to the seminar participants by giving very brief talks either on Thursday morning or Thursday afternoon. The talks must be no more than 5 minutes in length. Because many people will be scheduled to speak within a short period of time, it is essential to adhere to the time limit. You should practice your talk in advance to make sure that you can finish within 5 minutes without rushing.

Because of the time limit, you can not expect to present your work in detail. You should resist the temptation to include more material on your slides than you will have time to talk about, as the audience will not be able to comprehend material that goes by faster than you can speak. Instead, you should view your talk as an opportunity to introduce yourself to the community and to advertise your poster. A successful talk will be one that gives the audience a sense of the kinds of problems you are working on, and that encourages people to spend some time with your poster later on.

Your first slide should be a title slide that contains only your name, your institutional affiliation, and the title of your poster. We recommend that you have between two and five additional slides containing the content of your talk. By the end of the day on Monday, March 24, you should send a PDF file of the slides for your talk to Jason Schweinsberg at The PDF files for all of the poster presentations will be combined into a single PDF file, so that we can move from one talk to the next one as efficiently as possible.