Poster Presenter Instructions and Guidelines

Prepare your Poster:

  • Thank you for presenting a poster at the 2021 TWS-WS Annual Meeting!  
  • Document requirements:  PDF, 48” x 36”, single page, landscape format.  Max PDF file size is 10 mb.
  • Ideas to minimize PDF file size: crop and compress images to optimal resolution of 100 dpi prior to place. 
  • Please be sure to add any necessary disclaimers to your poster or oral presentation (such as whether data presented is preliminary or proprietary) given the potential for the files to be screen captured in the virtual format.  For example, you could add the following disclaimer to your presentation:   “Please do not cite this presentation/poster. Instead refer to the references cited or contact the authors. 

Make an Optional Video Presentation:

  • Record yourself summarizing the research highlights in a 3-5 minute video, in front of a printed poster (think: in-person poster session) or using voice-over/computer-screen tools. Max video file size 200 mb.
  • Set-up a Zoom meeting with yourself as the only participant.  You may sign up for a free Zoom account at  Share your screen, open up your poster file.  This will allow for the poster to appear full screen with a picture of you/or your camera shot in the upper right hand corner.  Click the record button.  Tell us about your poster, stop recording.  End Zoom meeting and the .mp4 file will be available on your computer (in the documents file) shortly after you finish the Zoom meeting.  

Upload to your Whova Speaker Page:

  • Register  by Monday, January 11, 2021.  (And mark your calendar for the week of February 1-5 to attend the 2021 TWS-WS annual meeting.)
  • Login credentials will be emailed in mid-December, along with instructions for uploading your presentation(s) to your speaker page in the Whova Event platform.  Please upload your poster PDF (Max PDF file size 10 mb) and optional video file(s) by Friday, January 15, 2021.
  • Interaction through a chat function on your Whova speaker page allows Q&A opportunities, and interaction between presenters and participants.  Presenters should plan to respond to chat questions for at least one month following the end of the meeting to maximize professional development. 
  • All presentations will be available to meeting registrants for advance, on-demand viewing starting one week before the meeting begins and for 6 months following the conference.  Poster presentations will be available to meeting attendees for viewing as a downloaded PDF file.  Video files will be available for viewing in the Whova app, and will not be downloadable.
  • By uploading your presentation to the Whova speaker page, you give TWS-WS the rights to upload/distribute the presentation to 2021 TWS-WS attendees through the Whova Event Platform.  

Poster Presentation Design Tips:

  1. The purpose of the poster is to convey highlights of your study in manner that can be easily read and understood in less than 5 minutes. Keep text brief – efficient use of limited words and images is necessary. It is not advisable to display the entire text from a manuscript. Too much detail detracts from the primary message of the text. Consider using bulleted phrases rather than complete sentences, where appropriate.
  2. A three column format fits best in landscape. The flow of the poster should be from the top to bottom of each column, and from the left column to right columns.
  3. Text and figures should be readable to someone standing six feet away. Adjust font and image sizes accordingly. BIG IS BEAUTIFUL and easy to read.
  4. Engage with graphics and interactive hyperlinks and/or QR codes to share your research in greater detail in this virtual format.
  5. Suggested font type and size:
    • Sans serif typeface, such as Arial, is best for good visibility at a distance; keep font type consistent throughout. Simple typefaces are preferable to fancy fonts. Bold type may be effective on headings.
    • Title – 72 point or larger; keep it short and limited to one line.
    • Authors’ names and affiliations – 48 point; limited to two lines.
    • Section headings – 36 point.
    • Text – 28 point.
    • Graphs and tables – all numbers and labels 28 point or larger.
    • Graph bars and symbols – use colors; avoid cross hatching.
    • Acknowledgments – 20 to 24 point
  6. Use appropriate and compatible colors for fonts, backgrounds, graphics, and matting. Photographs and color should be used to enhance the attractiveness of the poster and to entice the audience to stop and read it. White or light pastel backgrounds are attractive and allow use of contrasting font colors, such as black, dark blue, and red. Use of photographs as backgrounds is not recommended, because legibility of text and graphics is usually compromised.
  7. Keep graphs and photos simple. Convey only one idea per graph, table, or photograph. Graphs are preferred over tables. Graphs need to be carefully designed so that they are readily comprehended and include captions. Details should be kept to a minimum. Figures from publications, theses, or dissertations normally do not make good visuals. Too much detail detracts from the primary message of the figure.
  8. Use appropriate blank space between words, sections, and figures. A blank space 1.5 inches wide between columns is best.
  9. Poster elements
    • Title
    • Authors’ names and affiliations appear below the title.
    • Abstract (optional)
    • Introduction: limit to a few statements and clearly state study objectives.
    • Methods or Experimental Design: keep text minimal, use graphics where possible.
    • Results: this section should take up most of the space; keep statements brief.
    • Conclusions: limit this section to a few bulleted statements or brief paragraph.
    • Acknowledgments: include when appropriate; limit to a few statements.

We recommend the following resource which offers great suggestions on how to improve your poster presentation: Please note:  We will not accept last minute substitutions or allow posters to be presented that were not part of the submittal process.