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1. Dr Inma Andrés Student Programmes Manager PRESENTATION SKILLS: Designing posters for academic conferences 2. Brunel University London First questions ã What is the…
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  • 1. Dr Inma Andrés Student Programmes Manager PRESENTATION SKILLS: Designing posters for academic conferences
  • 2. Brunel University London First questions • What is the most important/interesting/astounding finding from my research project? • How can I visually share my research with conference attendees? Should I use charts, graphs, photos, images? • What kind of information can I convey during my talk that will complement my poster? Designing posters for academic conferences 5
  • 3. Brunel University London 4 What’s • What is your objective? • What do you want to show on the poster? • What do you want your listeners to find/learn/take? • What do you want them to do? 6Designing posters for academic conferences
  • 4. Brunel University London Objective: Explain to the person next to you the purpose of your presentation and ask him or her for feedback 8 • Is it clear? • Did it grab your attention? • Is it too general or too specific? • Would you like to listen more? Designing posters for academic conferences
  • 5. Brunel University London It should content: • Introduction • Materials and methods • Results • Conclusions • Citations (short list) • Acknowledgements 10Designing posters for academic conferences
  • 6. Brunel University London The poster should have: 01 March 2016 11 Graphics Text Space Designing posters for academic conferences Content
  • 7. Brunel University London Do you know your audience? • What do they already know? • What are their attitudes toward your topic or proposal? • How interested are they in your topic? • What are their needs? 01 March 2016 13Designing posters for academic conferences
  • 8. Brunel University London Know your audience Specialist Audience • Experts in same related field • They will have a high level of understanding of your subject • It's ok to use jargon and technical terms on poster 14Designing posters for academic conferences
  • 9. Brunel University London Related Audience • Specialist in related / overlapping field • Familiar with the generalities of your discipline • Be wary of specialist jargon - avoid where possible 15 Know your audience Designing posters for academic conferences
  • 10. Brunel University London Know your audience General Audience • Can only assume general level knowledge • No familiarity with discipline or your subject area • Avoid use a jargon-basic descriptions only 16Designing posters for academic conferences
  • 11. Brunel University London Size Title: • A2 poster: 32pt – 64pt. • A1 poster: 64pt – 72pt. • A0 poster: 72pt – 84pt. Main text: • A2 poster: 14pt – 18pt. • A1 poster: 16pt – 24pt. • A0 poster: 24pt – 32pt. Authors: clarify author-institution. References and captions: smaller font. 01 March 2016 18Designing posters for academic conferences
  • 12. Brunel University London Text 300-500 words Structure • Open the presentation with something interesting and attention • Set your topic and determine the major points • Properly use transitions • Create a concise conclusion or summary 19Designing posters for academic conferences
  • 13. Brunel University London Colour 21 • Try to create a ‘visual sequence’ • No need to fill every cm – white space is good • Two/three main colours • Be consistent e.g. use one colour for all headings Red & Green Designing posters for academic conferences
  • 14. Brunel University London How to manage the layout? 23 Properly use transitions Designing posters for academic conferences
  • 15. Brunel University London Good visual balance 24 Horizontal Symmetry Horizontal & Vertical Symmetry Diagonal Symmetry Asymmetry Designing posters for academic conferences
  • 16. Brunel University London Charts 26 • Think carefully about how you format them • Keep them simple, enlarge the text and thicken the lines • Make sure the background has good contrast Designing posters for academic conferences
  • 17. Brunel University London How to make successful my poster design • Important information should be readable from about 10 feet away • Title is short and draws interest • Text is clear and to the point • Use of bullets, numbering and headlines makes it easy to read • Effective use of graphics, colour and fonts • Consistent and clean layout • Includes acknowledgments, your name and your department Enthusiasm & Passion 28Designing posters for academic conferences
  • 18. Brunel University London 29 Successful Presentations Know Know Know Know Four Cornerstones Method Designing posters for academic conferences
  • 19. Brunel University London 31 Other Workshops Designing posters for academic conferences • PRESENTATION SKILLS: Creating posters in PowerPoint • PRESENTATION SKILLS: Oral presentations
  • 20. Any Questions? I.Andres@brunel.ac.uk
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