Poster Presentations

How Do I Make a Poster?

What Programs Can I Use?


  • Powerpoint/Keynote (the most user friendly option!)

  • Microsoft Publisher

  • Photoshop

Tips & Tricks


  • Write everything out first in a word document

  • Make your figures/legends & put them on the poster first to determine how much space you will have left for the rest of your information

  • Check out the examples in the Medical Sciences building!

Poster Design Tips


  • Use large text! (titles >72 pt, sub-titles/headings >54 pt, text >30 pt, sub-text >20 pt)

  • Try to be consistent with your font styles (don't use more than 2-3 different fonts)

  • Use fonts that are easy to read (e.g. Times New Roman, Arial)

  • Avoid jagged edges (justify text)

  • White space is important for visual appeal

  • Avoid having too much text; it only makes your poster look cluttered

  • Colour choice is important! Make sure the text is easy to read and the colours aren't too bright. Light backgrounds work the best!

  • Make sure that any pictures you use are set at the highest resolution so that when you print the poster, it won't look blurry


Posters Look a Little Something Like This...

Traditionally, posters have looked like this:

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More recently, there has been a push for a new kind of poster at science conferences. These better posters are more efficient and make it easier for the audience by displaying only what is essential for people to know about your experiment. 

To learn more about these better posters and how to format/create them, click here.

How Do I Present My Poster?

A lot of the tips given on the "Oral Presentations" page will also apply to poster presentations. Click here to review some of those tips. 

Some Important Things to Keep in Mind Before Presenting

  • Practice! Practice! Practice! You have worked hard on your experiment and your poster, so practice your presentation so you can present it with confidence.

    • Also, make sure you assign parts ahead of time to you and your partner (or group members) so you can specifically practice presenting those sections

  • Know your experiment well. You will be asked questions after your presentation, so make sure you are prepared to answer them! Make sure to know everything, even the sections you aren't presenting!

  • Arrive early on presentation day so you can have time to set up your poster and get comfortable with where you will be standing to present.

    • Make sure that you (and your partner/group) don't block the poster while presenting!

  • When presenting, make sure you are loud enough so that the audience can hear (it can get quite loud in the room), your voice is steady, and you aren't speaking too fast

  • Make eye contact with the audience & watch your body language.

  • Use formal language when presenting! This is a professional setting.

  • Point to your figures/visuals (e.g. methods diagram) when presenting