Poster presentations are held on the Wednesday evening of the conference, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. You may set up your poster any time between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm that day.
All posters are displayed on a floor standing fabric-covered bulletin board with 2 presentations per side. The poster presentation boards are 8 feet WIDE by 4 feet HIGH and, allowing for the frame, each presenter will have 44” x 44” for his or her display.
Bring your poster and at least 50 copies of a one-page handout about your work (with your email or eLibrary link) to distribute. Consider uploading your poster presentation content into the AEA eLibrary and refer people there to learn more and/or access the full presentation content. You DO NOT need to bring the poster board itself or pins for attaching your poster components. AEA will supply the poster board and plenty of pins.
INSIDER TIP: If you have business cards, this is a great opportunity to distribute them as well.
Poster presentations should be visually appealing. Your poster should be:
INSIDER TIP: Not sure if your elements are readable? Pin one to a wall and back away three strides. Can you read the headlines and subheadings enough to be drawn in to read more?
INSIDER TIP: Ready to print? You’ll need to head to a business that can handle large printing on a single sheet of paper. Check your local university first. Otherwise, places like Fedex/Kinkos will print and even ship your poster.
INSIDER TIP: Past Poster Contest judges have said “It should strike a balance between including sufficient information about the topic (e.g., intervention, population, methodology, results) and not being cluttered. Graphics, whenever possible, help.
INSIDER TIP: Past Poster Contest judges have said “the poster doesn’t have to address all elements of a study, and in fact a poster might not be about a ‘study’ at all, but could be about a concept, a specific finding or issue, or about something else altogether. I think references on any poster are just overkill, and if you have the sort of thing that needs references they should probably go on a supplementary handout.
INSIDER TIP: Past Poster Content judges have said great posters are “Easily readable, very visual. Really like a magazine style format with dominant photos/artwork and nice fonts that are easy on the eye, not cluttered or cramped."
INSIDER TIP: Even if you are working within an organizational template, look for places where you can insert the guidance here. For example, if the font is already chosen, you may still be able to change the size.
Remain at your poster, ready to discuss your work. Individual attendees browse among the posters throughout the event and chat with those presenting work of interest to them. If you get caught up in conversation with someone, try to be aware of, and welcome, others who may approach your poster and have questions about your work.
INSIDER TIP:: Some people are more shy than others and may walk by and just pick up your handouts or card. A friendly "Welcome" or "Please don't hesitate to ask any questions" on your part can serve as a great icebreaker.
There will be a prize for the best poster presentations. A panel of judges will review posters based on content AND presentation. Winners will receive a ticket to the Friday awards luncheon, plus a small surprise!
Email Sheila Robinson with any questions or comments you may have.