Tips for Your Poster: Presenting You and Your Poster (4)
Presenting posters and leading the conversation in a poster session can be intimidating. However, there are some very simple things that you can do to help yourself get through what can be a challenging experience. Richard Threlfall, Managing Editor, Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry, gives you some tips on how to plan and design an outstanding poster and how you can make sure that you present your poster like a pro.
Presenting Your Poster
There are two parts to a poster presentation: you and your poster. You've probably gone to quite a lot of effort to get your poster to the conference in good shape by printing it on the best quality paper, maybe laminating it, and then carefully bringing it in its tube to the conference venue. But there's no point in doing all that and then turning up to your poster session in a pair of scruffy jeans and a T-shirt with bags under your eyes from drinking too much at the conference bar the night before!
People come to poster sessions for all sorts of reasons, from killing time in between conference lectures, to looking for new collaborators, or even hunting for new staff and students for their labs. Then, of course, there are usually some poster prizes at most conferences, so the judges will also be looking for outstanding presentations. Therefore, presenting your poster could be an advert for your lab, a pitch for a poster prize, and a job application all rolled into one, so you should treat it as all three.
Read the complete fourth part of Tips for Your Poster.